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Artillery attacks reported in Homs, Syria

Artillery attacks reported in Homs, Syria

HOMS, Syria, June 8 (UPI) -- A rebel position in the city of Homs was shelled by Syrian forces Friday, activists said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Ban Ki-moon: 'Syria at pivotal moment'

Ban Ki-moon: 'Syria at pivotal moment'

UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday condemned recent violence in Syria and called on the country's government and opposition to end the bloodshed.

Assad tasks new PM with reoganizing govt

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 6 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad tapped Agriculture Minister Riyad Farid Hijab as prime minister, tasking him with forming a new administration Wednesday.
Russia, China united on Syria

Russia, China united on Syria

BEIJING, June 5 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday vowed to remain united on the Syrian conflict.

Assad blames outside enemies for unrest

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 3 (UPI) -- The bloody unrest in Syria isn't a civil war, but is being orchestrated by other unnamed countries, President Bashar Assad told Parliament Sunday.

Annan warns Syria heading for civil war

DOHA, Qatar, June 2 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said Saturday he fears Syria is heading toward "all-out civil war."
U.N. seeks accountability from Syria

U.N. seeks accountability from Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 1 (UPI) -- The international community must make efforts to stop perpetrators of violence in Syria from acting with impunity, the U.N. human rights chief said Friday.
Syria frees 500 pro-democracy prisoners

Syria frees 500 pro-democracy prisoners

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 31 (UPI) -- Syrian authorities Thursday said the government has freed 500 prisoners arrested in the pro-democracy demonstrations that began 14 months ago.
Syrian rebels issue cease-fire deadline

Syrian rebels issue cease-fire deadline

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 30 (UPI) -- Rebel forces in Syria Wednesday gave President Bashar Assad's government 48 hours to implement a United Nations cease-fire plan, a rebel leader said.
Countries expel Syrian diplomats

Countries expel Syrian diplomats

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 29 (UPI) -- The United States joined other Western countries in expelling Syrian envoys Tuesday in protest of last weekend's civilian massacre in Houla, officials said.
Annan in Damascus; U.N. condemns slaughter

Annan in Damascus; U.N. condemns slaughter

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 28 (UPI) -- U.N.-African League envoy Kofi Annan said Monday he was "personally shocked and horrified" by the attack in Houla, Syria, that killed 108 people.
90 killed, many children, in Syria attack

90 killed, many children, in Syria attack

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 26 (UPI) -- At least 90 people, many of them children, were killed in a town in the restive province of Homs in Syria in an attack by government forces, activists said.

Russian: Use 'forceps' in Syria, not 'ax'

CAMP DAVID, Md., May 19 (UPI) -- The situation in Syria requires a "forceps," not an "ax," a Russian official said Saturday as the Group of Eight summit opened in Maryland.
Official says U.N. monitoring in Syria can work

Official says U.N. monitoring in Syria can work

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 18 (UPI) -- The leader of the U.N. observer mission in Syria said Friday he believes violence during a fragile cease-fire could be stopped through negotiations.
EU OKs new sanctions for Syria

EU OKs new sanctions for Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 14 (UPI) -- A European Union official said the EU has agreed to impose new sanctions on Syria, where "violence is appalling" despite a cease-fire that took effect in April.
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Kofi Annan
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (center) tours Beirut's bombed-out southern suburbs with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora (left), other government officials and Hezbollah members of Parliament on Monday August 28, 2006. Residents of the southern suburbs held up posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as the entourage passed. Annan is on the first leg of a Middle East tour to strengthen the cease-fire in Lebanon. (UPI Photo)
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Kofi Atta Annan /ˈkoʊfi əˈnɑːn/ (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people.

Kofi Annan was born in the Kofandros section of Kumasi, Ghana – in what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast. He is a twin, which has a respected status in Ghanaian culture. His twin sister Efua Atta, who died in 1991, shares the middle name Atta, which in Fante and Akan means 'twin'. Annan and his sister were born into one of the country's aristocratic families; both their grandfathers and their uncle were tribal chiefs.

In the Akan names tradition, some children are named according to the day of the week on which they were born, and/or in relation to how many children precede them. Kofi in Akan is the name that corresponds with Friday.

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