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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.…

Nearly 500 dead, food running out in Aleppo: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: The Russian and Syrian bombing raids in Aleppo have had horrific results with nearly 500 dead, while food rations are expected to run out by the end of the month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. The air…