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Antonio Guterres appointed next UN chief

Updated: Oct 13, 2016 21:49 IST      
Antonio Guterres appointed next UN chief

New York [US], Oct. 13 (ANI): The General Assembly today elected the former prime minister of Portugal, Antonio Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

Guterres, 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.

Adopting a consensus resolution put forward by its President Peter Thomson, the assembly acted on the recommendation on the UN Security Council, which on 6 October forwarded Guterres' name to the 193-member body as its nominee for UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-Moon said on the occasion, "Secretary-General-elect Guterres is well known to all of us in the hall. But he is perhaps best known where it counts most: on the frontlines of armed conflict and humanitarian suffering. He is a wonderful choice to steer this organisation."

Also, this was the first time that the selection of a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, has involved public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the post. (ANI)

Russia destroys ISIS Command and Control centres in Syria

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:22 IST     

Moscow [Russia], June 23 (ANI): Two Russian Navy frigates and a submarine has fired six Kalibr cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in Syria. Huge ISIS ammunition depot near the town of Aqerbat was destroyed by a precision strike.

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Washington [U.S.], June 23 (ANI):Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is set to meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday in order to finalize the agenda ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's U.S. visit for a meeting with President Donald Trump on June 26.

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Washington [U.S.] , June 23 (ANI):Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington, two influential U.S. Congressmen have introduced a bill revoking Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA), saying Islamabad's "treachery" has led to the deaths of too many American citizens.

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No one in royal family wants to wear the crown: Prince Harry

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 11:16 IST     

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Balochistan: 5 killed in blast near IGP office in Quetta

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 10:28 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], June 23 (ANI): As many as five people have been killed and 14 wounded in a powerful explosion in Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, near the office of IGP on Gulistan Road early Friday.

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New York [U.S.], June 23 (ANI): Defiant North Korea has conducted another rocket engine test that can be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM capable enough of reaching the U.S. mainland.

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Washington [U.S.], June23 (ANI): Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Donald Trump for the first time in Washington, the State Department has said that United States is looking forward to strengthen its ties with India

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New York [U.S.], June 23 ANI: Former President Barack Obama on Thursday severely criticized the proposed GOP Senate health-care bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare by issuing a warning saying, "this bill will do you harm."

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Brussels [Belgium], June 23 (ANI): The European Council has reiterated its commitment in fight against terrorism, hatred and violent extremism.

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Washington D.C. [United States], June 23 (ANI): Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta is likely to be interviewed by the House intelligence committee next week.

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Trump reaffirms commitment to build Mexico Wall

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 05:42 IST     

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Death toll in car bombing outside New Kabul Bank rises to 34

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 05:20 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], June 23 (ANI): The death toll in a suicide attack outside New Kabul Bank branch in Afghanistan's Lashkargah has risen to 34.

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Washington D.C. [United States], June 23 (ANI): Four conservative Republican senators have announced that they will not vote for the current version of GOP bill repealing ObamaCare.

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May vows to let EU citizens stay in UK after Brexit

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 02:48 IST     

London [UK], June 23 (ANI): British Prime Minister Theresa May has told the European Union (EU) leaders that the EU citizens, who had arrived lawfully before the Brexit, would be given a new 'settled status' allowing them to stay in Britain if they have lived here five years.

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Moscow [Russia], June 23 (ANI): Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has termed the attempts to exert pressure on Moscow through sanctions as 'pointless'.

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I did not record Comey conversations: Trump

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 00:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 23 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has said that he does not have any tapes or recording of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

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Pakistan becomes full signatory of 'Washington Accord'

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 22:51 IST     

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Trump asks why Obama admin didn't stop Russia from meddling

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 21:47 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): As U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday decried allegations of Russia collusion "a big hoax," he sardonically questioned why the Obama administration did not stop Moscow from election meddling as it happened under the previous regime.

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Drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: Nafees Zakaria

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 21:20 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that drone strikes are against Pakistan's sovereignty.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], June 22 (ANI): Alleged Indian spy and former Indian Naval Officer Kulbushan Jadhav has forwarded a mercy petition to Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence awarded by a military court on charges of espionage, the Pakistan armed forces information wing has claimed.

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