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Ex-UN chief Ban will not run for SoKor presidency

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, once considered the front-runner to be next president of South Korea, ruled out running for the top job on Wednesday, disappointed at the “selfish ways” of some politicians in his home country.

On New Year’s Day, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres assumed office as secretary-general of the United Nations. He succeeded Ban Ki-Moon of South Korea as head of the UN Secretariat, a position first occupied by Trygvie Lie of Norway.

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Ex-Portuguese PM takes reins of UN

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder’’ but facing an antagonistic incoming US administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time.

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Russian envoy assassinated

A Turkish policeman crying ‘’Aleppo’’ and ‘’Allahu Akbar’’ shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Monday, prompting a vow from President Vladimir Putin to step up the fight against ‘’terrorism.’’

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The proposed United Nations inquiry on possible human rights violations in the Philippines has suffered a setback after UN Repporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, and Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard rejected some conditions reportedly being set by the Philippine government.

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Responsibility for atrocities committed in Aleppo lies with Syria and its Russian and Iranian backers, US President Barack Obama said Friday as Damascus suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the city’s last rebel-held areas.

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