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US pays up

The US has paid the United Nations more than dollars 500m ( pounds 331m) in budget arrears and peace-keeping costs but still owes another dollars 472m, a UN spokesman said, Reuter reports from New York.

The cash-starved world body is still owed a total of more than dollars 1.7bn, including dollars 536m in regular dues and dollars 1.2bn for its expanded peace-keeping operations.