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U.N. Will Cut Staff, Up Security In Baghdad

The United Nations will reduce the size of its Baghdad staff and step up security as a result of the truck bombing that killed at least 20 people at its headquarters here, U.N. officials said today. In Stockholm, Secretary General Kofi Annan vowed that the U.N. mission in Iraq would continue. “We have work to do,” he told reporters before returning to New York from a vacation. “The least we owe them,” he said in reference to the dead, “is that their deaths not be in vain.” Among the fatalities was Sergio Vieira de Mello, 55, Annan’s special representative to Iraq. U.S. soldiers pulled his body from the rubble Tuesday night. A day after the powerful bomb destroyed a corner of the three-story building, three people were still unaccounted for. U.S. soldiers and Iraqi rescuers continued to pull away debris in a search for bodies, though none expressed hope of finding survivors. Remains or survivors still might be found in the many local hospitals where some of the more than 100 people injured in the blast were taken, U.N. officials said. Full Story

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