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# Ban Ki-Moon

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Kofi Annan resigns as special envoy to Syria
Annan said he cannot go on when the Security Council provides no backing for his role.
Syria army launches Aleppo assault
Fears are growing about the safety of civilians in Syria’s second city, with reports of massive assaults on several neighbourhoods.
UN appeals for progress as deadline looms for global arms treaty
Tonight is the deadline for the draft of a new global deal to regulate the arms trade – but progress has been slow.
Thousands flee Syria as war rages on
Despite the UN’s extension of its observation mission, violence continues to escalate across the country.
Civil war declared in Syria as fighting escalates
Meanwhile, the UN is pressing China and Russia to back tougher action against Bashar Assad.
UN to resume investigation into Syrian village massacre
At least nine people have been killed in fresh violence today as regime forces shelled several areas across the country, according to human rights monitors.
UN lays blame for latest massacre on Syrian regime
More people have died in further violence a day after a massacre in the village of Treimsa left at least 118 people dead.
Video: Assad remains defiant in TV interview as Annan arrives in Syria
“A president shouldn’t run away from a challenge, and we have a national challenge in Syria now,” Syrian president Bashar Assad said in a defiant interview with German television last night.
UN chief urges Syria to stop attacks
Ban Ki-Moon said UN observers monitoring the ceasefire were not there to watch the killings of innocent people.
UN condemns massacre in Syria in 'strongest possible terms'
Ban Ki-moon has confirmed evidence of artillery and mortar shelling at Houla, as well as “shootings at close range and severe physical abuse”. More than 90 people, including 32 children, were killed in the massacre.
President speaks of 'heartbreaking' unemployment and emigration on US trip
Michael D Higgins told Irish professionals working in the States that he hoped to some day see many of them return to Ireland in the future.
Suu Kyi to attend Burmese parliament after oath dispute resolved
The head of the Burmese opposition will lead party colleagues to the parliament on Wednesday after a dispute over a legislative oath was resolved.
Higgins kicks off first visit to the US in New York today
The president will meet New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and attend a performance of ‘Once’ during his trip.
Syria conflict now the biggest problem facing world - Ban Ki-moon
Rebels were yesterday forced out of one eastern city by regime forces and artillery, as a group warned of serious human rights abuses.
Eamon Gilmore voices concern over escalating tensions in Gaza and Israel
The recent outbreak of violence has been the worst the region has seen in months. A total of 21 people have been killed since Friday.
Watch: Wounded journalist tells of 'indiscriminate massacre' in Syria
Paul Conroy was speaking after being smuggled out of Homs, where he was injured in the attack that killed Marie Colvin.
UN chief says Syrian president must stop violence
Fears of all-out civil war increase as Ban says one-man rule and family dynasties are a thing of the past.
Somali militants ban 16 aid groups and UN agencies
The Islamist group has banned Concern, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and UNHCR – amongst others – from operating in the country, where 250,000 people face the immediate risk of starvation.
"Wow...huh...": how the world reacted to Gaddafi's death
Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon and Eamon Gilmore have been among those reacting to the death of Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte today.
Tánaiste to address the United Nations General Assembly
The UNGA meets for the 66th this week with the issue of Palestinian statehood among the topics to be discussed.
Palestine to seek full UN membership
President Mahmoud Abbas is to ask the UN to officially recognise the State of Palestine next week.
Turkey launches international legal challenge to Gaza blockade
Turkey will bring a complaint to the International Court of Justice, after expelling Israel’s ambassador and cutting military ties.
Concern for conditions in Tripoli as horror of hospital in Abu Salim revealed
Conditions inside some parts of Tripoli are described as dreadful as concern grows for the humanitarian needs of people in the Libyan capital.
Gallery: The life and times of Nelson Mandela
As the world celebrates Mandela Day, takes a look at the South African icon’s incredible life.
Ban Ki-moon secures second term as UN head
The South Korean will remain as Secretary-General for another five years, with unanimous backing from the assembly.
Timeline: What exactly is going on in Syria?
What’s been going on in Syria – and is there any progress in sight? We take a quick look back at what’s been happening.
Ban Ki-moon will seek second term as UN head
The South Korean is to seek a second term as secretary-general of the United Nations. What does that involve again?
Southern Sudan appeals for help as UN officials demand "immediate withdrawal" from disputed border town.
Northern occupation of the town of Abyei threatens to re-ignite Sudan’s civil war. The oil-rich area is strongly contested and there are fears of escalating violence.
UN chief demands investigation into clampdown on Syrian protests
Ban Ki-moon condemns the use of force against demonstrators, as popular uprisings continue against president Bashar Assad.
Nuclear energy needs a 'global rethink': UN chief
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the approach to nuclear power needs to be reconsidered following the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Libyan rebels to ask Qatar summit for more intensive attacks
A summit in Qatar will see Libyan rebels appeal to NATO forces to take more swift and decisive action to oust Gaddafi.
UN forces attack Ivory Coast presidential palace in bid to oust Gbagbo
French-led forces continue their bid to oust the incumbent president, who refuses to cede power despite losing elections.
Gaddafi forces predict capture of rebel stronghold 'within 48 hours'
Libyan rebels are voicing fear and anger over a lack of international support for their cause – as Gaddafi’s son boasts that government forces will storm Benghazi within 48 hours.
"Delusional" Libyan leader Gaddafi "unfit to lead", says US
America’s ambassador to the UN says Gaddafi is becoming unhinged, laughing while his people are being slaughtered.
Drunk diplomat speaks out: I never liked you Ban Ki-Moon
And he doesn’t like Americans either.
UN chief visits flood-stricken Pakistan
First cholera case confirmed as fears for disease epidemic grow.