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New UN chief aims to make 2017 ‘a year for peace’

UNITED NATIONS: The new United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday he would like to make 2017 a year to "put peace first," in a message heralding the New Year and marking his first day as the world body's chief. The Portuguese…

UN’s Ban condemns Berlin Christmas market attack

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday condemned the rampage by a truck driver on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, calling it a terrorist attack. Ban expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the…

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations, saying the world body must change to better confront global crises such as the war in Syria. During a solemn ceremony at the…

Syrian general says Aleppo offensive in final stages

ALEPPO: The Syrian army and its allies are in the "last moments before declaring victory" in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground.…