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Putin Addresses UN World Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United Nations should be the main center for coordinating the international fight against terrorism and extremism.

He spoke at the second day of the United Nations World Summit in New York. Mr. Putin added that the world body should work to settle long-lasting regional disputes.

Other leaders scheduled to speak Thursday include Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Bush used the summit's opening to call for sweeping reform of the United Nations. Also Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution urging all nations to reject terrorist propaganda as criminal.