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World briefs

UN chief says UN facing cash crisis

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations is facing its “worst cash crisis” in nearly a decade because 64 of its 193 members have not paid their annual dues — including the United States, which is the U.N.’s largest contributor.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general has written to all members saying, “the organization runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors.”

Trial starts for 400 gang members

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador on Tuesday began a mass trial of more than 400 alleged gang members, including 17 purported leaders of the feared transnational crime group Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

Sixteen suspects were in court while the rest watched via videoconference from prisons.

Nearly 100 defense lawyers are on the case, which could last until November given the volume of witnesses and evidence.