Christian-Muslim bloodbath devastates Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The mineral-rich Central African Republic is collapsing into chaos amid a worsening religious conflict between Christians and Muslims that could trigger genocide and bring more upheaval to a region already beset by turmoil.
Death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rises to 1,744 in Philippines

Death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rises to 1,744 in Philippines

MANILA, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rose to 1,744 Monday as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III declared "a state of national calamity."

Second round of Maldivian voting delayed

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Maldivians waited a long time to vote in weekend presidential elections and shouldn't have to endure delays with a second round of voting, the U.N. chief said.
U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon raps Israel for settlement activity

U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon raps Israel for settlement activity

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A decision by the Israeli government to expand settlement activity in the West Bank undermines the trust needed for Middle East peace, the U.N. chief said.

Why Obama shouldn't meet Maliki

BRUSSELS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has formally announced plans to visit the United States and meet with U.S. government officials on Thursday.
RYSZARD CZARNECKI, UPI Outside View Commentator
U.N., OIC review collective response to security

U.N., OIC review collective response to security

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Multilateral coordination is needed to address the increase in terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Ban proposes $5.4 billion U.N. budget for 2014-15

Ban proposes $5.4 billion U.N. budget for 2014-15

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday proposed a $5.4 billion budget for the next biennium.

Security Council notes Organization of Islamic Cooperation assistance

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council recognized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for helping U.N. efforts in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building.

U.N. leader calls for increased protection for organization's workers

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for heightened measures to improve the safety and security of U.N. employees and humanitarian workers.
U.N. report shows its staff are targets of violence

U.N. report shows its staff are targets of violence

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Attacks on U.N. personnel across the world are evolving as a "distressing phenomenon" corresponding with new types of warfare, the U.N. chief said Friday.
Sudan, S. Sudan border dispute hinges on AU role

Sudan, S. Sudan border dispute hinges on AU role

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A visit to a disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan may help mend long-standing wounds between both sides, a U.N. envoy said.

Report: Al-Shabaab commander spent time in Britain

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- An al-Shabaab commander targeted in a recent failed U.S. special forces raid in Somalia spent time in Britain, the BBC reported.

French, U.N., government troops on offensive in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The French military said Thursday it was working alongside its U.N. and Malian counterparts to combat a resurgence of militant activity in the country.
Syrian chemical weapons arsenal inoperable

Syrian chemical weapons arsenal inoperable

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A team mandated to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has visited nearly 80 percent of the sites declared by the government, a mission spokesman said.

S. Sudan, Sudan talks amicable

JUBA, South Sudan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Leaders from South Sudan and Sudan were able to remove "much suspicion" during bilateral talks in South Sudan's capital, the Sudanese foreign minister said.
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Ban Ki
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in an international donor conference for Afghanistan in Paris on June 12, 2008. The conference hopes to raise $50 billion to aid in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Harvard University

Ban Ki-moon (Hangul: 반기문; born 13 June 1944) is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated from college, accepting his first post in New Delhi, India. In the foreign ministry he established a reputation for modesty and competence.

Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. Ban was initially considered to be a long shot for the office. As foreign minister of Korea, however, he was able to travel to all of the countries that were members of the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the front runner.

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