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Libya's defense ministry urges end to 'senseless fighting' in Tripoli and Benghazi

Libya's defense ministry urges end to 'senseless fighting' in Tripoli and Benghazi

TRIPOLI, Libya, July 25 (UPI) --Libya's Ministry of Defense issued a plea Friday urging all parties in Benghazi and Tripoli to put an end to the "senseless fighting."
JC Finley
Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

JERUSALEM, July 25 (UPI) --The Israeli cabinet Friday rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace plan in Gaza that called for a one-week humanitarian cease-fire.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (UPI) --Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes, Navi Pillay, the United Nations' top human rights official, told the Human Rights Council.
Ed Adamczyk
Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

Kerry arrives in Israel to push cease-fire initiative

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry is in Israel for peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
JC Finley
U.S., U.N. question proportionality of Gaza conflict

U.S., U.N. question proportionality of Gaza conflict

CAIRO, July 22 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a joint press conference on Tuesday in Cairo regarding the situation in Gaza.
JC Finley
Ireland welcomes Robinson as U.N. climate czar

Ireland welcomes Robinson as U.N. climate czar

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 15 (UPI) --The Irish government welcomed the decision from the United Nations to appoint its former president, Mary Robinson, as the special envoy for climate change.
Daniel J. Graeber
Israeli military says it shot down drone from Gaza

Israeli military says it shot down drone from Gaza

ASHOD, Israel, July 14 (UPI) --Israeli military officials said Monday that its forces downed a drone sent from Gaza along its southern coastline near the city of Ashod.
Brooks Hays
World Population Day observed on July 11

World Population Day observed on July 11

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) --The United Nations established July 11 as World Population Day in 1989 to raise awareness about global population issues.
JC Finley
U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) --United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new mediator for the Syria peace talks.
JC Finley
Israeli and Hamas officials claim they want to de-escalate crisis

Israeli and Hamas officials claim they want to de-escalate crisis

JERUSALEM, July 3 (UPI) --Tensions continued to rise between Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday as Israeli troops amassed near the Gaza Strip.
JC Finley
U.S., U.N. plead for Israel and Palestine to cease retributive violence

U.S., U.N. plead for Israel and Palestine to cease retributive violence

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) --The United States and the United Nations issued condemnations Wednesday for the abduction and murder of a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager.
JC Finley
Russia blocks 'House of Cards' from filming at U.N. Security Council

Russia blocks 'House of Cards' from filming at U.N. Security Council

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (UPI) --Russia used its informal veto power to block the hit Netflix series "House of Cards" from filming scenes at the U.N. Security Council in New York.
Aileen Graef
Delegates try to link environment with economy at UN assembly

Delegates try to link environment with economy at UN assembly

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 (UPI) --Delegates are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week for the first ever United Nations Environmental Assembly to discuss conservation and sustainability issues.
Brooks Hays
44 Sunni prisoners die in Iraq police station assault

44 Sunni prisoners die in Iraq police station assault

BAQUBA, Iraq, June 17 (UPI) --At a Baquba, Iraq, police station Tuesday, 44 Sunni prisoners were killed as large-scale sectarian violence returned to the Baghdad area.
Ed Adamczyk
China's rig interfering with security, Hanoi says

China's rig interfering with security, Hanoi says

HANOI, Vietnam, June 13 (UPI) --The Vietnamese government said China is interfering with maritime security by deploying support vessels around an oil rig in disputed waters.
Daniel J. Graeber
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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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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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