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A US judge on Thursday deferred a decision on whether the United Nations can be sued over a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti after hearing arguments for and against its immunity. Federal Judge Paul Oetken presided over a hearing in New York that focused on technical interpretations of provisions in the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations. Cholera has killed more than 8,500 people and infected more than 700,000 in Haiti since 2010, when the plaintiffs allege it was introduced by UN peacekeepers, dispatched in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Haitian victims of the epidemic argue that the United Nations forfeits its right to immunity by refusing to allow the victims out of court settlement under section 29 of the 1946 convention.