UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Saudi Arabia has given $100 million to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help finance the U.N.'s center to combat global terrorism.
The U.N. chief welcomed the gift at a ceremony in his office and said the recent upsurge in terrorism in a number of countries and regions -- most dramatically, the Islamic State extremist group's takeover of a large swath of Syria and Iraq -- "underscores the challenge before us."
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir, who presented the check, said, "Terrorism knows no religion. It knows no ethnicity. It has no nationality. It has no humanity. It has no compassion. It has no justice."
He added that terrorism "is in violation of every religion in the world" and can only be dealt with if all countries and peoples unite to deal with the threat.
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