China anxious over Myanmar fighting

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The government in Myanmar is called on to take steps to ensure fighting in northern Kachin state doesn't spill over the border, a Chinese official said.

U.N.'s Ban concerned by Myanmar fighting

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The government of Myanmar is reminded of its obligation to ensure the safety of civilians living in rebel territory in Kachin state, the U.N. chief said.

Fernandez: Britain seized Falklands

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Britain "forcibly stripped" Argentina of the Falkland Islands, expelling the inhabitants, 180 years ago, Argentina's president said Wednesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
By United Press International

Minister: Police will seek death penalty

NEW DELHI, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The case against the suspects facing murder charges in the savage gang rape and death of a New Delhi student is "solid," India's home minister said.
Iraq's legacy holds lessons for Afghanistan

Iraq's legacy holds lessons for Afghanistan

Insurgents remain a resilient threat in Afghanistan as the United States turns military control over to the Afghan military.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International

CAR violence draws U.N. condemnation

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks in the Central African Republic by Seleka rebels and the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning.
North Korean rocket launch

North Korean rocket launch

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un gave himself a nice present at year-end to mark the first anniversary of his succession to power in the secretive country with a satellite space launch using ballistic missile technology, disregarding world opinion and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

U.N. copter shot down in South Sudan

MOSCOW, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- South Sudan must determine who is to blame for shooting down a U.N. helicopter, killing its Russian crew, the Russian Foreign Office said Saturday.

Park puts security top concern for Seoul

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye put top priority on national security, saying North Korea's successful long-range rocket launch shows the "grave" situation between the two Koreas.

U.N.: Fighting in Syria more sectarian

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Human rights violations are becoming more common in Syria as the fighting becomes more intense, a United Nations panel said Thursday.

U.N. cites Syria in backing Golan mandate

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council expressed concern about the Syrian war when it made a unanimous decision to extend the mandate for a Golan Heights observer force.

Israel authorizes more settlement building

JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Israeli agencies Wednesday authorized the construction of thousands of units of new housing in settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Abbas wants Palestinians in Syria

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the United Nations to help bring Palestinian refugees from Syria to the West Bank and Gaza.

Renewed U.N. concerns about Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it was concerned about the state of affairs in Iraq, where violence is increasing a year after U.S. forces left.
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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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