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Ban Ki-moon asks Zuma to reconsider leaving ICC

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken to President Jacob Zuma telephonically, urging him to reconsider South Africa’s plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. South Africa and Burundi have officially notified the UN of their intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the 1998 treaty establishing The Hague-based[…]

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UN Chief renews call for end to Yemen hostilities

United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon repeated his call Wednesday for all sides in the conflict in Yemen to “immediately cease all hostilities,” following a devastating series of raids resulting in numerous civilian deaths and injuries. In a statement Ban urged “all parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities[…]

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Ban urges the extension of W.Sahara mission

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Security Council to press Morocco to restore the UN mission’s role in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Ban warned in a report obtained by AFP news agency on Tuesday that staff cuts ordered by Rabat will weaken the MINURSO mission and “can[…]

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Abbas, Ban discuss Middle East situation

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday to discuss the ongoing violence in the Middle East and the road to a possible renewed peace process. During the meeting, Ban Ki-Moon reiterated his “deep concern over the situation and the need for both sides[…]

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UN chief and Israeli PM trade barbs over settlements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted angrily to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s comments about Israeli settlements, accusing the UN chief of “encouraging terror”. Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East in New York on Tuesday, Ban criticised Israel over reports it was planning to build “150[…]

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Burundi presidential polls open amid blasts and gunfire

Polling stations have opened in Burundi’s controversial presidential elections with Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third consecutive term. Shortly before voting started on Tuesday, at least two people – a policeman and a civilian – were killed, according to witnesses, in a string of explosions and gunfire in the[…]

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