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UN chief basks in climate spotlight, amid global conflict clouds

New York - On Monday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will position himself on the frontline against climate change as he presides over a UN emergency summit, a role some say he turned to after difficulties in resolving global conflict.

UN chief expresses solidarity with Ebola-hit DR Congo

Goma - UN chief Antonio Guterres started a three-day tour of the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, expressing "solidarity" with a region ravaged by violence and an Ebola epidemic.

Sri Lanka president rebuffs UN chief over hangings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president said Monday he had rejected a telephone appeal by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to reconsider his push to reintroduce the death penalty after 43 years.

European unity vital to avoid new cold war: UN chief

Frankfurt Am Main - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned Europe must remain united if it wants to avoid a new "cold war" in tumultuous political times."If you want to avoid a new cold war...

UN chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

Suva - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

Climate talks must be rescued from failure, warns UN chief

Katowice - "Key political issues" deadlocking UN climate talks "remain unresolved", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday after an unscheduled stop at the troubled negotiations in Poland.

UN chief again calls for end to military ops in south Syria

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a new call Friday for "an immediate cessation" to military operations in southwest Syria, where government forces are attacking rebel-held areas.

UN chief calls for Syria ceasefire to be 'immediately implemented'

Geneva - The United Nations secretary-general on Monday demanded the immediate implementation of 30-day ceasefire in Syria as the Damascus regime continued its deadly bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

UN chief will work with US despite UNESCO pullout

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will continue to work with the Trump administration despite differences, a spokesman said Thursday after Washington announced it was pulling out of UNESCO.

UN chief condemns North Korea missile test, crisis talks next week

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned North Korea's latest missile test, and said talks on the crisis would be held on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting next week.

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt attacks on Rohingya

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres acknowledged Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims were being ethnically cleansed in Myanmar as he called for a halt to a military campaign in Rakhine state.

Climate action 'unstoppable', nations should stay course: UN chief

Sanktpeterburg - The fight against climate change is "unstoppable" and nations should stick to the landmark Paris accord, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Friday after the US chose to exit the deal.

Rights breaches spreading like 'disease': UN chief

Geneva - Disregard for basic rights is a spreading "disease" with "the perverse phenomenon of populism" fuelling rising intolerance, the UN chief warned Monday as he opened the Human Rights Council's main session.

'I am not a miracle worker': new UN chief

New York - The new United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, warned Tuesday that the world body faces "very challenging times" and asked for support of reforms to make it better able to deal with them.

Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations

New York - UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale."I feel a bit like Cinderella.

New UN chief wants to meet Trump 'as soon as possible'

Lisbon - Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he wants to meet Donald Trump "as soon as possible" and is "determined to establish a constructive dialogue with the new US administration".

Portugal's Guterres appointed as next UN chief

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday appointed Antonio Guterres as the new secretary-general of the United Nations, in a shift towards a more high-profile leadership of the world body.

Antonio Guterres, refugee champion to UN chief

Lisbon - Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, nominated Thursday to be the next UN secretary-general, is a self-described man of action who earned his stripes as the world body's refugee chief, tirelessly pressing rich nations to do more.

Guterres vows to 'serve most vulnerable' as UN chief

Lisbon - Antonio Guterres, the man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, vowed Thursday to serve "the most vulnerable" when he takes up the post.

Antonio Guterres, tireless refugee champion

Lisbon - Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, who is poised to become the next UN secretary-general, is a self-described man of action who earned his stripes as the world body's refugee chief, tirelessly pressing rich nations to do more.

Portugal to field former PM Antonio Guterres for top UN job

Lisbon - Portugal has proposed former prime minister and ex head of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres as a candidate for UN secretary general, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Friday.

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