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Looks Like We've Got a New UN Chief

Set to become secretary general when vote is formalized: former Portugal PM Antonio Guterres

(Newser) - He once served as Portugal's prime minister, and now Antonio Guterres is set to serve as the United Nations' secretary-general, the BBC reports. As Reuters reports, the UN Security Council's 15 members had to vote for all 10 candidates, with each secret ballot they cast signifying an "... More »

Ex-UN Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dead at 93

He died in a Cairo hospital after suffering a broken pelvis

(Newser) - The first Arab and African to hold the UN's top position has died. Egyptian Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who served as the UN's secretary general from 1992 to 1996, died Tuesday at a Cairo hospital where he was admitted last week with a broken pelvis, Egypt's state news agency... More »

NSA Could Hold Key to Cold War Mystery

What happened to Dag Hammarskjold?

(Newser) - In 1961, a plane crash killed the United Nations' secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjold. The accident has long been considered one of the biggest mysteries out of the Cold War. But now—in a fascinating twist—the US National Security Agency could have information about the cause of that crash. Newsy reports: More »

Obama Gives Blunt Warning to Gadhafi

Cease attacks immediately or face military action, he says

(Newser) - President Obama warned Moammar Gadhafi today if he doesn't immediately pull back his troops from major cities and cease attacks on protesters, the world community will make good on its promise of military action, reports CNN . He emphasized that the US would not act alone and that no American ground... More »

Brazil Offers Asylum to Iranian Mom Facing Stoning

Overture by key ally raises hope

(Newser) - Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's chances of avoiding death by stoning have improved greatly thanks to a surprise offer of asylum from Brazil's president. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's overture this weekend to the Iranian mother of two, who has been sentenced to death for adultery, prompted a serious reaction from... More »

150 UN Haiti Staffers Missing in Rubble

Mission leader among missing workers feared dead

(Newser) - About 150 United Nations staffers, including the Haiti mission leader, are feared dead below the rubble of Port-au-Prince in what appears to be the UN's greatest-ever loss of life in a single incident. The deaths of 16 UN workers in Tuesday's massive earthquake have already been confirmed, and "It's... More »

UN's 'Invisible Man,' Ban Struggles to Prove Himself

(Newser) - Halfway through his term as UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon is best known for his low profile, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Korean is praised in many quarters as a fine administrator with strong principles, but his pronouncements often go unnoticed, to the frustration of UN officials who fear his... More »

Stop Gaza Fighting, UN Boss Pleads

'Society being destroyed' in Gaza, says Ban Ki-Moon

(Newser) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where Israeli tanks and troops were driving even deeper into Gaza City today in search of Hamas positions. Ban Ki-Moon, preparing for a trip to the region to personally push for a ceasefire, mourned the loss of... More »

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