Secretary-General Antonio Guterres According to the U.N., 129 countries hadpaid $1.99 billion in dues for the U.N.’s 2019 operating budget by Tuesday. Itsaid $1.386 billion is owed for this year. (AP) NEW YORK – Secretary-General AntonioGuterres warned Tuesday that the United Nations is facing its “worst cashcrisis” in nearly a decade because 64 of its 193 members have not paid theirannual dues — including the United States, its largest contributor. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric saidthe secretary-general has written to all members saying “the organization runsthe risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month anddefaulting on payments to staff and vendors.” By the end of September, Dujarric said,member states had paid only 70% of the total assessment for the regular budget,compared with 78% at the same time last year.
A Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot multiple times when responding to a confrontation between neighbors over the feeding of feral cats, Tuesday evening.Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey told a news conference early Wednesday that the deputy was being prepared for surgery but was alert. He says the deputy told him, “I won.”Ivey says the deputy went to the neighborhood in response to an argument over cats.He asked one of the neighbors to return to his house while he talked to the other man, who appeared to be extremely agitated.The man reportedly went behind a vehicle, and the deputy heard the sound of a rifle being charged.The man stepped around the vehicle, and the two exchanged gunfire.The suspect was killed in the exchange, and the officer is reportedly in critical condition.No persons involved in the incident have been identified at this time.