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.
Weapons inspectors in Syria have uphill battle

Weapons inspectors in Syria have uphill battle

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- While Syria is cooperating, a team of experts on the ground has an uphill fight to meet a 2014 deadline to eliminate its chemical weapons cache, officials said.

New date for Maldives presidential election set for Nov. 9

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Maldives election commission officials announced they rescheduled the presidential election for Nov. 9 after the last one was halted by police.

Ban asks Maldivians to stay calm in wake of disrupted election

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was frustrated by a disruption in a presidential contest in Maldives and called on all parties to remain calm.

U.N. secretary-general voices concern over Maldives election

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations urged presidential elections be held soon in Maldives, as the political situation on the Indian Ocean island nation remained unclear Monday.

Rebels kill top Syrian intelligence officer

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Syrian rebel forces killed a high-ranking regime military intelligence chief in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, the opposition and Syrian state media said.

U.N. creates joint mission with OPCW for Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced it established a joint mission with a chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program.
Weapons sites destroyed in Syria, OPCW says

Weapons sites destroyed in Syria, OPCW says

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A U.N.-backed weapons inspection team in Syria said Wednesday equipment was destroyed at six chemical weapons sites disclosed by Damascus.

Eid violence in Iraq appalls United Nations

BAGHDAD, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The people of Iraq need to stand united during the Muslim Eid holiday in order to prevent civil society from falling apart, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq said.

At least 11 killed in bombing outside of mosque in Kirkuk, Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb detonated near a mosque in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 22 others, police said.

Syria: Capture of key chemical base aids U.N. mission

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have broken through rebel forces encircling the northern city of Aleppo to secure a major chemical weapons base that, if they can hold it, will be a big help to U.N. experts sent in to destroy Assad's large chemical arsenal.

Days of WMD are over, U.N. hears

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The days when nation states use chemical weapons during war should be a thing of the past, a U.N. committee on disarmament said.

Israel protests Iran's U.N. weapons committee appointment

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Israel called "inconceivable" a decision to appoint Iran special rapporteur of the U.N. General Assembly's Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.
By United Press International
100 specialists tasked to dismantle, destroy Syria's chemical arms

100 specialists tasked to dismantle, destroy Syria's chemical arms

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The United Nations and the group monitoring the chemical weapons ban will send 100 specialists to Syria to erase its chemical weapons, the United Nations 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)

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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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