The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the rebel attacks in Chad and urged world support for the embattled government as the insurgents threatened a new assault on the capital. A statement drafted by France, Chad's former colonial ruler, "strongly condemns these attacks and all attempts at destabilisation by force".
South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in on Thursday as the next United Nations Secretary General at a General Assembly ceremony during which he vowed to be "a harmoniser and bridge-builder" and build on the legacy of the incumbent, Kofi Annan. The 62-year-old South Korean is to take up his post officially on January 1.
Despite a last-minute snag, a United Nations Security Council panel on Tuesday slapped a 12-month travel ban and asset freeze on three Côte d'Ivoire politicians viewed as obstacles to peace. Targeted by the sanctions were Charles Ble Goude and Eugene Djue, two leaders of the nationalist "Young Patriots" loyal to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.
Leaders from around the world hold a final day of meetings at the United Nations World Summit in New York on Friday, with Iran's nuclear ambitions and condemnations of terrorism as top issues. Three European foreign ministers on Thursday talked with Iranian officials at the summit in a bid to head off a showdown.
An unsteady truce was extended in the flashpoint town of Fallujah on Wednesday despite sporadic clashes and casualties on both sides, as Washington sought Iran's help to ease the violence in Iraq. United States President George Bush said he has authorised troops to use "decisive force" to maintain order in Iraq.
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