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Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon rules out presidential run in South Korea

SEOUL: Former U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, once considered front-runner to be the next South Korean president, ruled out a run for the job on Wednesday, saying he was "disappointed at the selfish ways" of some politicians and complaining of "fake news". Ban told reporters at parliament, after meeting conservative party leaders, that he had been subject to "malign slander akin to character assassination" in the media and had given up his "patriotic" plan to lead political change. "With all kinds of fake news, my intention…

Ex-UN chief Ban ‘perplexed and embarrassed’ over relatives’ bribery case

SEOUL: Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, who is expected to run for president of South Korea, said he was "perplexed and embarrassed" over bribery accusations brought by US prosecutors this week against his brother and nephew. Ban's younger brother Ban Ki-sang and his nephew Joo Hyun Bahn were accused in a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday of a scheme to bribe a Middle Eastern official for an attempted $800 million sale of a building complex in Vietnam. "I am perplexed and embarrassed that close members of my…

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 former prime minister, 67, took over as UN Secretary-general from South Korea's Ban Ki-moon, inheriting complex crises in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Burundi, North Korea and elsewhere. "How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in…

“I feel a bit like Cinderella”: Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale. "I feel a bit like Cinderella. Tomorrow at midnight, everything changes!" he joked to staff and colleagues as he wrapped up a decade leading the United Nations. Beginning Sunday, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, 67, takes over from Ban. Guterres is the first former head of government to lead the…

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 families of the victims. "The secretary-general condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin last night," said a statement from his spokesman. He "hopes anyone involved in the commission of this appalling crime will be swiftly brought to justice," he added. Lorry ploughs into Christmas…

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 General Assembly, the former prime minister of Portugal placed a hand on the UN charter and took the oath of office administered by the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson. The first former head of government at the UN helm, Guterres takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1…

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. A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas of the city continued non-stop on Monday, and a civilian trapped there described the situation as resembling "Doomsday". "The battle in eastern Aleppo should end quickly. They (rebels) don't have…

UN expresses concern over growing escalation at LoC

NEW YORK: Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern over the hostile situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir, ARY News reported. According to a statement, the UN Secretary has urged Pakistan and India to find common ground and work together for peace. He also called on all parties of Kashmir dispute to prioritize restoration of peace and stability for preventing any loss of life and escalation in the region. "The United Nations stands by the people of the region and…

UN’s Ban confident Trump will not undo Paris climate deal

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday voiced confidence that Donald Trumpwill not seek to undo the Paris climate deal despite his campaign pledge to cancel the landmark agreement on combating global warming. The US president-elect, who said during his campaign that global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese, has vowed to renege on US commitments to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and help finance the transition to a green economy worldwide. "He has made a lot of worrying statements, but I am…