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UN's Ban hails likely successor Guterres as 'superb choice'

Rome - Departing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed his likely successor Antonio Guterres as a "superb choice", ahead of the former Portuguese prime minister's expected backing by the Security Council.

Shimon Peres worked 'tirelessly' for two-state solution: UN chief

Geneva - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed Shimon Peres's long efforts to forge a deal aimed at fostering peace in Israel and the Middle East, after the statesman's death earlier on Wednesday.

World faces 'make or break moment' in Syria: Ban

New York - The world is facing a "make or break moment" in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a crisis meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN's Ban makes final appeal for action on Syria, climate

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his farewell address to the General Assembly on Tuesday to urge world leaders to end the war in Syria and bring the Paris climate deal into force this year.

Russian athletes cannot compete as neutrals — IPC

Rio De Janeiro - Russian athletes seeking to take part individually in the Paralympic Games in order to sidestep a blanket ban will not be allowed to compete under a neutral banner, the International Paralympic Committee ruled.

Body-shaming ads to be banned on London transport

London - The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, plans on banning negative body image advertisements on the London Tube, buses and trains.

US announces near-total ban on African elephant ivory trade

Washington - The US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory on Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.

UN chief 'baffled' by S. Korea presidency speculation

Seoul - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.

UN chief fuels presidential speculation with S. Korea trip

Seoul - Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a six-day visit that has fuelled speculation the UN chief is lining up a tilt at the presidency of his home country.

Public smoking ban for Ethiopia's capital

Addis Ababa - A ban on smoking at public gatherings has been announced by the mayor of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, according to local media reports on Wednesday.

Indian Hindu temple lifts ban on women devotees

New Delhi - A Hindu temple in western India on Friday lifted a centuries-old ban forbidding female devotees from entering, after a court said women had a fundamental right to worship.

Karadzic conviction 'historic day' for international justice: Ban

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the genocide conviction Thursday of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as a "historic day" for international criminal justice.

Russia may ban corn and soybeans from U.S.

A Russian watchdog group says U.S. corn contains dry rot and the use of GMOs may result in a ban on both corn and soybeans from the States.

Iran bans all products from Saudi Arabia after ties cut

Tehran - Iran on Thursday banned all products from Saudi Arabia after Riyadh cut ties with Tehran in a mounting diplomatic crisis.

Hoverboards banned by multiple airlines

Three of the largest airlines in the United States, United, American and Delta, placed hoverboards on the no-fly list earlier this week.

UN haggles over race for Ban's successor

New York - Britain is pushing the United Nations to kick off the search for the next secretary-general in earnest, giving candidates until spring to enter the race to be the world's top diplomat.

North Korea sends 'positive signal' about UN chief's visit

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he has received "a bit of a positive signal" from North Korea about his plan to visit the reclusive country.

Reeling from attacks, France bans Paris climate rallies

Paris - France Wednesday banned two citizens' rallies planned for a crunch climate conference due to open in Paris just two weeks after terror attacks killed 129 people in the French capital.

Ban Ki-moon not visiting North Korea: UN

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has no plans to visit North Korea in the coming days, the United Nations has said, dispelling reports that he would meet with the nation's diplomatically reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea: Yonhap

Seoul - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea this week for a likely meeting with the nuclear-armed state's diplomatically reclusive leader, Kim Jong-Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Monday.

UN chief warns against misuse of force as he meets Netanyahu

Jerusalem - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned against any misuse of force as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in a bid to calm nearly three weeks of Palestinian unrest.

UN chief on migrant crisis: Do not 'build walls or exploit fears'

New York - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday opened a UN meeting on Europe's migration crisis with an appeal to keep borders open and combat xenophobia.

Mini-skirts and short shorts could be banned in this Alabama city

Dadeville - Last month, a city in Alabama proposed banning saggy pants, and now it is proposing a ban on short shorts and mini-skirts.

Zimbabwe lifts hunting restrictions imposed after Cecil kill

Harare - Zimbabwean wildlife authorities on Monday partially lifted restrictions on big game hunting imposed earlier this month following the outcry over the killing by a US trophy hunter of Cecil the lion.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Pakistan shutting down encrypted BlackBerry messages for security

Pakistan's communications authority has asked the major phone networks in the country to stop delivering encrypted messages between BlackBerry smartphones within the next 90 days, due to "serious" security concerns.

Report: U.S. could lift ban on transgender soldiers in military

Washington - There could be as many as 15,000 transgender men and women in the U.S. military, although the exact number is understandably not known.

World on way to 'generation free of AIDS', says UN chief

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago."The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the...

New Hampshire passes cellphone ban while driving

New Hampshire, The Granite State is the latest state to ban drivers from using their mobile devices while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

EU law bans certain travel selfies that could put you in jail

Brussel - Tourists planning to take "selfies" in front of monuments this summer should careful because it could very well lead to them being arrested.
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SEPARATION: A Camel-sponsored Isolation booth for smokers is seen at Munich Airport in 2009.
SEPARATION: A Camel-sponsored Isolation booth for smokers is seen at Munich Airport in 2009.
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Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones  which includes Daenerys Targary...
Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones, which includes Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
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Snowball fighting has been banned in some communities in Belgium.
Snowball fighting has been banned in some communities in Belgium.
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Billboards all across the continent advertise skin-whitening products.
Billboards all across the continent advertise skin-whitening products.
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Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
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Kenza Drider with niqab.
Kenza Drider with niqab.
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Women protest Namibian police intention to arrest girls wearing mini-skirts.
Women protest Namibian police intention to arrest girls wearing mini-skirts.
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Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones  which includes Daenerys Targary...
Turkish army officers have been forbidden to watch Games of Thrones, which includes Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke.
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