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Jul 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

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Trump on 'wrong side of history' over climate – ex-UN chief

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Climate change is like a fever that must be fought Ban Ki Moon tells a conference in Madrid saying he was deeply concerned about the US withdrawal I think President Trump is standing on the wrong side of history

BAN KI-MOON. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses a press conference on April 26, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Dieter Nagl/AFP

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon abandons South Korea presidency bid

Feb 01, 2017 - 2:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Ban the former UN Secretary General returned to South Korea last month and was widely expected to run in elections due this year but his putative candidacy ran into a series of stumbles

NOT SEEKING PRESIDENCY. In this file photo, former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (C) waves as he arrives at the Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on January 12, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Speaking before a crowd of hundreds at Incheon International Airport Ban says he was prepared to meet with the public this week before making a selfless decision

BAN KI-MOON. Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (C) waves as he arrives at the Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on January 12, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

Duterte & SSS, new UN chief, Mariah Carey | Midday wRap

Jan 02, 2017 - 12:39 PM

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New UN chief aims to make 2017 'a year for peace'

Jan 01, 2017 - 10:18 PM

New United Nations chief Antonio Guterres takes over as UN Secretary general from South Korea s Ban Ki moon inheriting complex crises in Syria South Sudan Yemen Burundi North Korea and elsewhere

9TH UN CHIEF. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, takes the oath of office for his 5-year term, which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN unanimously backs sending observers to Aleppo

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:56 PM

This is a starting point French ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters We will be extremely attentive extremely vigilant

EVACUATING EAST ALEPPO. Civilians from the remaining rebel-held pockets of eastern Aleppo are evacuated from the embattled city by bus on December 19, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/ AFP

Impeachment kicks off early race for South Korea presidency

Dec 19, 2016 - 10:59 AM

On paper the next presidential election is still slated for December 2017 but Park s impeachment could see it held much earlier

OUT SOON? In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 29, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/AFP

UN's departing Ban leaves door open for South Korea president run

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:03 AM

I will really consider seriously how best and what I should and I could do for my country

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference as his term of office draws to a close at the end of the year, at the UN headquarters in New York, December 16, 2016. Eskinder Debebe/UN PHoto

Duterte on BPO, war on drugs, new UN secretary-general | Midday wRap

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:46 PM

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Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN chief, pledges change

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Portugal s former prime minister Antonio Guterres takes over from Ban Ki moon on January 1 amid ongoing bloodshed in Syria and questions over how the US role in the world could shift under President elect Donald Trump

NINTH UN CHIEF. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, takes the oath of office for his 5-year term, which begins on 1 January 2017. The oath was administered by Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN chief calls for 'elimination' of fossil fuel subsidies

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Countries and businesses must do more to curtail global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions Ban Ki moon said in Marrakesh which is hosting the annual UN climate conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during the UN climate conference in Marrakesh on November 15, 2016. Fadel Senna/AFP

Ban 'optimistic' as leaders tackle climate change in Trump shadow

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:16 PM

UPDATED Ban Ki Moon: I have explained at length about our expectations and our hope that president elect Mr Trump will hear and understand the seriousness and urgency of addressing climate change

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, speaks at the UN World Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakesh on November 14, 2016. Fadel Senna/AFP

UN chief confident Trump will drop rhetoric, show leadership

Nov 12, 2016 - 1:36 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon hopes to meet with the president elect to discuss how they expect the United States to continue working for humanity

NEW WORLD. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will drop his rhetorics and show leadership. Photo by Evan Schneider/United Nations

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syria school

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:22 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon demands an immediate probe into the October 26 attack on the school in rebel held Idlib province that he says may amount to a war crime

WAR CRIME? A Syrian man checks the damage at a school after it was hit in an air strike in the village of Hass, in the south of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on October 26, 2016. Photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The United Nations has launched a flash appeal for 120 million to help Haiti cope with its worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake but only 6 1 million has been raised so far

Staff members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work to load 25 trucks with relief materials destined for the western region of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 10, 2016. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Tributes for Thai king as concern swirls over nation's future

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:45 AM

UN chief Ban Ki moon hails the king s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader respected internationally

SILENCE. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observes a moment of silence to pay respect for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Portugal's Antonio Guterres appointed next UN secretary-general

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED The appointment of the 67 year old polyglot comes at a time of global anxiety over the ongoing war in Syria the refugee crisis and raging conflicts in South Sudan and Yemen

THE NEW UN SECRETARY GENERAL. UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres is applauded as he arrives for the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

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Oct 12, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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FVR defends Obama, Ban Ki-moon from Duterte rants

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:37 PM

The former president also advises President Duterte that better relations with China and Russia need not come at the cost of the Philippines strong ties with the US

PRESIDENTIAL MENTOR. Former president Fidel Ramos gives President Rodrigo Duterte some advice on foreign policy. File photo by AFP

Haiti death toll hits 473 as survivors plead for aid

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:48 AM

Thousands of people in hard hit communities struggle to rebuild homes and access food and clean water

People walk along a street in downtown Jeremie, Haiti, October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

At least 1.4M need aid in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew – UN

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis that requires a massive response from the international community the United Nations chief says

People continue to clean up in the western Haitian city of Jeremie, which was hit by Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH

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Oct 06, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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Done deal: Paris climate pact to enter into force

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Seventy two 72 countries accounting for more than 56 of emissions had submitted ratification documents the UNFCCC says meaning the pact will take binding legal effect in 30 days

This file photo taken on December 11, 2015 shows The Eiffel Tower displayING the message 'No plan B' within the United Nations Climate Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Patrick Kovarick/AFP/Fle

Portugal's Guterres set to be UN secretary-general

Oct 06, 2016 - 1:26 AM

UPDATED Portugal s former prime minister Antonio Guterres emerges as the clear favorite to succeed Ban Ki moon as the world s diplomat in chief following a 6th straw vote by the UN Security Council

'CLEAR FAVORITE.' Antonio Guterres gets 13 positive votes to succeed Ban Ki-moon following a 6th straw poll by the 15-member UN Security Council on on October 5, 2016. File photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Security Council powers weigh in to pick new UN chief

Oct 05, 2016 - 3:03 PM

There are currently 10 candidates for the top post including frontrunner Antonio Guterres the former prime minister of Portugal who was UN refugee chief for a decade

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors Entrance, September 23, 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

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Oct 05, 2016 - 12:16 PM

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Paris climate deal to enter force after EU green light

Oct 04, 2016 - 7:12 PM

4th UPDATE The European Parliament overwhelmingly backs the ratification of the Paris climate deal paving the way for the landmark pact to come into force globally

SEALED. European Parliament President Martin Schulz (R) smiles as he stands next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior a voting session on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 4, 2016. Frederick Florin/AFP

Ban sends UN Colombia envoy to Havana after peace deal rejected

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED I have seen the results of yesterday s plebiscite We would have hoped for a different result the United Nations secretary general tells reporters in Geneva

JEAN ARNAULT. UN Secretary-General's Delegate to the Sub-Commission on End of Conflict Issues within Colombian Peace Process, Jean Arnault, speaks during a press conference in Bogota on August 2, 2016. File photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Aleppo is also the focus of a new French led United Nations draft resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities

'BLOODBATH.' Syrian volunteers carry an injured person on a stretcher following Syrian government forces airstrikes on the rebel held neighbourhood of Heluk in Aleppo, on September 30, 2016. Photo by Thaer Mohammed/AFP

UN chief offers to mediate over Kashmir tensions

Oct 01, 2016 - 11:15 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calls on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de escalate the situation

DISPUTED. Indian tourists who came to watch the 'daily retreat' ceremony are turned away by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at the Indian side of the India-Pakistan Wagah border post, about 35 kms from Amritsar on September 30, 2016. India evacuated thousands of people living near the border with Pakistan on September 30, a day after carrying out strikes along the de-facto frontier in disputed Kashmir that have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP PHOTO

US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe

Sep 30, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Russia and the United States have traded blame for last week s collapse of a ceasefire deal that would have marked the first step in a new effort to end the war that has killed 300 000 people since 2011

AID. Syrians refugees gather to receive food, provided by relief organizations, at the Nour camp north of Aleppo on the Syrian-Turkish border on September 28, 2016. Photo by  Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:05 AM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns that the chilling escalation making use of advanced weaponry against civilians could amount to war crimes

A tractor clears the rubble following Syrian govermnet forces airstrikes in the rebel held neighborhood of Tariq a-Bab in Aleppo on September 24, 2016.  Residents in Syria's battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 52 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.   / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMED

Duterte invites UN, EU officials to PH to probe killings

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Among those invited is UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon But Duterte has one condition: that he be allowed to ask the officials his own questions in an open forum

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UN holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns countries that criminalize homosexuality they are bucking the tide of history

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the high-level side event of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Core Group 'Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT Equality,' at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

[Newspoint] Living upside down

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:28 AM

Duterte is thought new by those too young to have lived life long enough; he is thought on the other hand suitable by those who I imagine have managed to live life easily enough in the worst of times

PRESIDENT DUTERTE. Rodrigo Duterte addresses Davao bombing victims at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on September 19. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

Paris climate accord closer after UN meeting

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:52 PM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon voiced confidence that the accord through which countries commit to take action to stem the planet s rising temperatures would come into force by the end of the year

THE PARIS AGREEMENT. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks the United Nations during the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement September 21, 2016 at the United Nations in New York.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

UN's Ban makes final appeal for action on Syria, climate

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:44 PM

With just three months to go before he steps down as UN chief Ban also makes a final plea to end the madness of the Israeli Palestinian conflict

FAREWELL. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon uses his farewell address to urge world leaders to end the war in Syria and bring the Paris climate deal into force this year. UN Photo/Cia Pak

De Lima: Duterte 'single-handedly' ruins PH image abroad

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Kaya huwag po ninyong baligtarin ang mundo na ako ang nagbibigay ng masamang imahe sa Pilipinas dahil hindi ako ang nagmura kay Obama at Ban Ki Moon says Senator Leila De Lima

BLAME DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte, and not she, should be blamed for the apparent bad image of the country abroad.

Duterte: Senate hearings won't stop drug war

Sep 19, 2016 - 9:38 PM

I don’t care if there are a thousand hearings everywhere Naka focus lang ako sa trabaho ko says President Duterte days after a Senate probe into extrajudicial killings

DUTERTE'S PROMISE. President Duterte speaks during a gathering of survivors of the Davao City bombing on September 19, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Global Fund collects almost $13B to fight AIDS, malaria and TB

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:10 AM

Created as a public private initiative the Global Fund has so far spent 30 billion on programs to fight the 3 deadly diseases around the world with most going to Africa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands with young people after announcing that the Global Fund's goal to raise enough money to save 8 million more lives has been met during the closing of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal, Quebec, September 17, 2016.  Geoff Robins/AFP

Syria, refugees and Obama's farewell in UN spotlight

Sep 16, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The United Nations will also launch a new global campaign against xenophobia

Syria file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Obama file by Saul Loeb/AFP

UN's Ban presses for Syria aid as truce holds

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:16 AM

Besieged civilians are still waiting desperately for relief in Syria s war battered second city of Aleppo with 20 UN aid trucks stranded on the Turkish border over security concerns

LIFE UNDER CEASEFIRE. A Syrian boy serves a juice on the third day of the Al-Adha Eid (Festival of Sacrifice) Muslim holiday in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on the second day of an internally backed ceasefire for Syria came into effect, September 14, 2016. Abd Doumany/AFP

Panelo comes up to Ban, Obama to defend Duterte

Sep 10, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Diplomatic sources say this was a breach of protocol during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane Laos

OFFICIAL FAMILY. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo (1st from right) joins President Rodrigo Duterte and other members of the Duterte Cabinet at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits in Vientiane, Laos. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte attacks US, praises China in Indonesia

Sep 09, 2016 - 2:38 PM

3rd UPDATE Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also says he does not give a shit about what the international community thinks of him

THANK YOU, CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte thanks China for its generosity. Photo by Rappler

'Malacañang imagination?' Palace gets ASEAN seat plan wrong

Sep 09, 2016 - 11:05 AM

‘We are again a victim of imagination speculation and possibilities ’ Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says

A DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

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Sep 08, 2016 - 12:58 PM

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Duterte meets UN chief at ASEAN dinner

Sep 08, 2016 - 3:31 AM

A handout photo shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shaking hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon at the ASEAN gala dinner in Laos

FIRST MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time at the ASEAN gala dinner in Vientiane, Laos.

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Sep 07, 2016 - 8:26 PM

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Duterte sits between Medvedev, Widodo during ASEAN dinner

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED President Duterte and US President Obama however briefly spoke at a holding room before the dinner

A DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP