Sandy forces UN Security Council into makeshift meeting hall
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Sandy forces UN Security Council into makeshift meeting hall

World body mostly closed for third day in wake of deadly hurricane

The UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday. (Screenshot: UN Webcast)
The UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday. (Screenshot: UN Webcast)

NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations Security Council held a makeshift meeting after superstorm Sandy forced the world body to remain mostly closed for a third day.

The council needed to meet Wednesday because the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Somalia was expiring. Meeting in a temporary chamber at its New York headquarters, the council voted to renew the force’s mandate for one week. The meeting was broadcast live on the U.N. website.

The UN Secretariat was re-opening Thursday, according to a statement sent to the media. The first 16 floors of the renovated Secretariat Building will be open, but higher floors would be closed. Staff that could travel to headquarters were asked to report back to work.

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