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World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

Kofi Annan to receive state burial in Ghana on September 13

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:50 AM

'It's going to be a major event for our country... I expect many leaders to be present,' says Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness," the foundation said in a statement. Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

PH mourns death of Kofi Annan, 'champion of humanity'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:13 AM

(UPDATED) The late UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has 'made our world a better place to live in,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

'CHAMPION FOR HUMANITY.' Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference on February 14, 2016. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voices deep sadness at the news, describing Annan as 'a guiding force for good'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the Langenburg Forum for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Photo by Christoph Schmidt/AFP

Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:53 PM

At a time of growing US isolationism, Annan urged leaders to cooperate better on fighting terrorism, migration and global warming

GLOBAL ELDER. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the 'Langenburg Forum; for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Christoph Schmidt/dpa/AFP

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Kofi Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, says world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis

ROHINGYAS. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Tomas Kienzle/AFP

Myanmar Rohingya abuse may be 'crimes against humanity' – UN

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Amid the mounting crisis former UN chief Kofi Annan begins a week long visit to Myanmar that will include a trip to northern Rakhine

A Malaysian Muslim girl holds a placard following a protest against the persecution of ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Myanmar Buddhists jeer ex-UN chief on peace mission

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Hundreds of Buddhists jeer former UN chief Kofi Annan as he arrived in Myanmar s troubled Rakhine state to examine a bitter religious conflict

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan (C) is escorted by local officials upon his arrival in Sittwe on September 6, 2016. Romeo Gacag

Former UN chief to advise Myanmar on troubled Rakhine state – gov't

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:17 PM

An advisory panel will be chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with a focus on finding lasting solutions to the complex and delicate issues in the Rakhine State

FIFA faces long struggle to pass reforms

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:44 PM

The person who will head up the task force aimed at fine tuning crucial reforms for FIFA could still face stiff opposition

FIFA's outgoing president Sepp Blatter announced that an 11-strong task force would prepare reforms including limits on terms for leaders, tougher background checks on executive committee members and the publication of salaries of top officials. Photo by Steffen Schmidt/EPA

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:40 AM

The talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC now into their third year are resuming after a two week hiatus

General view of a meeting with Colombian government and FARC negotiator teams in peace talks and the second delegation of Colombia experts about gender issues at Havana, Cuba, 11 February 2015. Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

January 1 in history

Jan 01, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The first day of the year has witnessed some of the firsts in world history

African Union gives ICC ultimatum over Kenyatta trial

Oct 13, 2013 - 8:22 AM

The bloc warned it would support a no show at the ICC by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta if the demand was not answered

HUDDLE. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) speaks with Cabinet secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohammed (R), and Attorney General Githu Mungai (2-R) at the African Union ahead of a special summit on the continent's relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on October 12, 2013. AFP/Elias Asmare

Tutu calls on African leaders not to 'kill off' ICC

Oct 10, 2013 - 9:23 AM

Tutu: In just two days time African leaders could kill off a great institution leaving the world a more dangerous place

ICC IN ACTION. A hearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, 16 September 2011. EPA/Jerry Lampen

Blair could have prevented Iraq war: Annan

Sep 29, 2012 - 8:29 AM

Former British prime minister Tony Blair was the only person capable of turning George Bush against the 2003 Iraq invasion ex United Nations chief Kofi Annan claims

Brahimi meets Syria's Assad, warns of world threat

Sep 15, 2012 - 8:01 PM

The worsening conflict in Syria poses a threat to the region and the world at large international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warns

Dim hope of success for Syria peace envoy, say analysts

Sep 08, 2012 - 12:40 PM

With the international community still divided and conflict in Syria worsening the second man to take on the job of international peace envoy to the country is said to have little chance of success

Aleppo battle rages as both sides report atrocities

Aug 13, 2012 - 12:50 PM

The Syrian army pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo on Sunday August 12 while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting

CITY UNDER SIEGE. Two men on a motorcycle ride through a debris-filled street in northwestern Aleppo on August 12, 2012, as Syrian government forces pressed their assault on rebels in the country's northern commercial capital, with both sides reporting atrocities. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE

New UN Syria envoy to be named next week

Aug 11, 2012 - 8:13 AM

The envoy will replace Kofi Annan who resigned August 2

General says all Damascus retaken, Aleppo pounded

Aug 05, 2012 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian army said it has seized the last rebel held district of the capital as insurgents in Aleppo came under heavy bombardment by regime forces

Blame game after Annan quits as envoy

Aug 03, 2012 - 4:16 PM

World powers trade blame after Kofi Annan quit as peace envoy to Syria

China 'regrets' Annan's resignation

Aug 03, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Kofi Annan resigns as international envoy for Syria but says will continue to work for a solution to the conflict in the country

Kofi Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

Aug 02, 2012 - 11:32 PM

The former UN Secretary General has failed in his mission to stop the bloodshed in Syria

Violence rages across Syria as UN mission clock ticks

Jul 21, 2012 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED Heavy clashes rage between Syrian troops and rebels with at least 24 people killed

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2059 (2012), extending the mandate of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) for thirty days, 20 July 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Photo by Devra Berkowitz / UN.

Ban in China seeking tougher action on Syria

Jul 18, 2012 - 6:45 AM

UN chief Ban Ki moon is expected to press China s leaders Wednesday July 18 to back tougher action to stop violence in Syria before a Security Council showdown over a resolution threatening sanctions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as he records a video message in his office, 23 May 2012, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Damascus rocked by 'most intense' fighting of revolt

Jul 16, 2012 - 6:15 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the violence had killed at least 55 people Rights activists say more than 150 people have been massacred by Syrian troops

Attack on Syria village targeted rebels, activists: UN

Jul 15, 2012 - 8:07 AM

A variety of weapons were used in an attack on the Syrian village of Treimsa where more than 150 people were killed this week with the homes of rebels and activists bearing the brunt the UN mission said on Saturday July 14

Annan admits Syria failure, at least 60 killed

Jul 08, 2012 - 8:01 AM

International envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged the failure so far of his mission to bring peace to Syria as more than 60 people were killed in violence on Saturday July 7 that also spilled over into Lebanon

Annan warns 'history will judge' failure on Syrian conflict

Jun 30, 2012 - 9:28 PM

History is a somber judge and it will judge us all harshly if we prove incapable of taking the right path today

World powers meet in desperate bid to halt Syria crisis

Jun 30, 2012 - 9:33 AM

World powers meet in a desperate bid to salvage international envoy Kofi Annan s peace plan for Syria to end 16 months of bloodshed

Russia objections put Syria crisis meeting in doubt

Jun 29, 2012 - 9:06 AM

Kofi Annan is battling to save an international meeting on Syria amid Russian objections to his plan

Talks under way with Russia on post-Assad Syria: France

Jun 15, 2012 - 3:50 PM

France s foreign minister said Friday June 15 that talks were under way with Russia on Syria s future if President Bashar al Assad is ousted and that Paris may supply communication equipment to Syrian rebels

Syria army shells towns, Russia lobbies conference

Jun 10, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Army shelling and gunfire killed at least 83 29 civilians in protest towns on Saturday June 9 a watchdog said as Russia pushed its idea of an international conference including Iran to end the bloodshed in Syria

Annan fears Syria will soon 'spiral out of control'

Jun 08, 2012 - 7:34 AM

UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan fears the Syria crisis will spiral out of control as he renews calls for major powers to warn the Assad regime

Annan hopes Iran will be part of Syria 'solution'

Jun 08, 2012 - 7:04 AM

Iran should be involved in any solution to end the Syria conflict says UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan

100 killed in new Syria regime 'massacre': opposition

Jun 07, 2012 - 6:13 AM

What is certain is that dozens of people died including women and children according to watchdog Rami Abdel

Annan to hold talks Friday in Washington on Syria

Jun 05, 2012 - 9:14 AM

UN envoy Kofi Annan will hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here Friday June 8 as the international community tries to find a way to end the bloodshed in Syria a US official said

Arabs urge UN action amid fears of civil war

Jun 03, 2012 - 10:07 AM

Arab leaders called Saturday June 2 for UN action as at least 39 people were killed in Syria amid growing fears that envoy Kofi Annan s peace plan is failing and the country is heading for all out civil war

Syria rebels give regime Friday deadline to end bloodshed

May 31, 2012 - 4:33 PM

The ultimatum by the Free Syrian Army came soon after US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice warned that prospects for a political solution in Syria are now almost non existent and that the Security Council must discuss new action against Damascus

Annan urges Assad 'act now' as West expels envoys

May 30, 2012 - 11:38 AM

Envoy Kofi Annan has urged Syrian President Bashar al Assad to act now to end 15 months of bloodshed warning the country has reached a tipping point as Western nations ordered out its top diplomats

West expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre

May 30, 2012 - 7:34 AM

The coordinated envoy expulsions followed mounting international outrage over the massacre on Friday in the central town of Houla in which at least 108 people including 49 children were killed according to UN figures

Syria forces kill two even as UN observers deploy

Apr 17, 2012 - 5:53 PM

An advance team of UN military observers arrived in Damascus on Sunday April 15 to oversee a shaky ceasefire but dozens of people troops as well as civilians have been killed since it went into force on Thursday April 12

Syria peace plan in jeopardy over regime demands

Apr 09, 2012 - 10:05 AM

A peace plan for Syria was in jeopardy after a rebel commander rejected fresh conditions from the government for a pullout of regime troops from protest hubs amid a new spike in violence

Syria accepts April 10 peace deadline: Annan

Apr 03, 2012 - 11:15 AM

Annan said Syria had agreed to immediately start pulling troops out of protest cities and complete a troop and heavy weapon withdrawal by April 10

Kofi Annan (left), Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, meets with President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus, 10 March 2012. Photo courtesy of the UN

Russia, China join UN demand for Syria peace move

Mar 22, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Russia and China which have blocked two resolutions on Syria backed a western drafted statement that called on President Bashar al Assad to work toward a cessation of hostilities and a democratic transition

SYRIA WARNED. Mark Lyall Grant (left), Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN and President of the Security Council for March, delivers a presidential statement on behalf of the Council, expressing grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Syria and calling on its Government to immediately implement the plan proposed by the Joint Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan. Pictured next to Mr. Lyall Grant is B. Lynn Pascoe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Photo taken March 21, 2012 at the UN Headquarters in New York.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Killer blasts hit Syria, UN in humanitarian bid

Mar 19, 2012 - 10:22 AM

Bombings as experts from the UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation began a mission to assess the humanitarian impact of the year long conflict

Syria revolt enters 2nd year with regime on offensive

Mar 15, 2012 - 4:42 PM

Syria s deadly revolt entered a second year Thursday March 15 with the regime smashing rebel bastions and peace envoy Kofi Annan awaiting answers from Damascus before the United Nations re enters the fray

Will Miriam's genie give her an ICC seat?

Oct 25, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago is campaigning to be a judge at the International Criminal Court Will she work her magic to win the politics and votes for the world body?