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Summit of poorest nations opens in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, May 9 – A five-day UN summit with 48 leaders of the world\’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) began in Istanbul Monday to discuss a new 10-year aid plan to help lift nations out of poverty.

The summit was being chaired by the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, while the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Turkish President Abdullah Gul were also present at the opening.

The LDC countries are defined as those with a per capita income of less than 745 dollars. The LDC includes 33 states from Africa, 14 from Asia plus Haiti.


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