Ex-UN chief Annan warns Nigeria about poll violence

2015-01-14 16:17

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Nigeria to hold peaceful elections next month, warning that violence could be a set-back to progress across Africa.

De Mistura to be new Syria mediator

2014-07-11 05:00

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran UN official Staffan de Mistura as international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war.

Mandela a moral compass - Annan

2013-12-10 19:14

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has hailed former president Nelson Mandela as an inspirational moral compass.

Africa to review ICC participation

2013-10-08 19:23

African countries are set to meet this month to assess their continued involvement in the International Criminal Court.

Annan defends International Criminal Court

2013-10-08 07:47

If African victims could get justice in their own countries, there would be no need for the International Criminal Court, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan says.

Ex-UN chief to give Tutu birthday lecture

2013-09-20 17:56

Desmond Tutu will celebrate his 82nd birthday next month with a series of charitable events, and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is set to deliver his annual peace lecture.

Annan: Africa must curb mine profit theft

2013-05-10 16:15

Africa needs legislation to compel foreign miners to be honest about their revenues because some maximise profits unethically, says former UN head Kofi Annan.

Too late for Syria military action: Annan

2013-03-27 13:10

Former UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to Syria said it is too late for military intervention there and that arming President Bashar Assad's foes will not end the two-year-old crisis.

'W African drug smuggling aids extremists'

2013-02-01 10:24

Ex-UN chief Kofi Anna says drug smuggling in west Africa has aided extremists in a region where Islamists had taken control of northern Mali and risked destabilising other nations.

Fighting ruptures ragged Syrian ceasefire

2012-10-26 12:14

Fighting has erupted in a Damascus suburb and around an army base in northern Syria, say opposition sources, as a truce marking a Muslim holiday crumbled almost before it had begun.

Children among dead in Syria air strike

2012-09-03 13:00

A Syrian warplane has bombed a building in the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab killing 18 people, including two children, says a watchdog.

UN observer chief leaves Syria

2012-08-25 12:00

The head of the now-defunct UN observer team in Syria, General Babacar Gaye, has left Damascus after the Security Council called time on the troubled mission.

Assad makes appearance amid Eid protests

2012-08-20 07:51

President Bashar Assad has made a rare public appearance for the Muslim holiday of Eid as activists staged protests across Syria to rage against the regime.

UN Syria mission to end

2012-08-16 22:21

The United Nations' four-month-old observer mission in Syria will withdraw from the country next week, diplomats and UN officials say.

World Muslim body to suspend Syria

2012-08-15 09:31

An emergency summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Co-operation has begun with a proposal to suspend conflict-wracked Syria, a move strongly opposed by Iran.

Assad vows to crush Syria rebellion

2012-08-08 07:50

President Bashar Assad has vowed to crush the 17-month rebellion against his regime and to cleanse Syria of "terrorists".

Syria: Iran blames 'interfering states'

2012-08-03 13:00

Iran has blamed "interfering countries" for making Kofi Annan's mission fail in Syria, and has implied it could now be among those taking "a more crucial role" in solving the conflict.

McCain hits Obama on Annan Syria 'failure'

2012-08-03 09:02

US Senator John McCain has taken a jab at the United Nations and President Barack Obama's administration, saying Kofi Annan's Syria mission was "doomed to failure from the beginning".

Syria 'regrets' Annan resignation

2012-08-02 22:19

Syria "regrets" the resignation of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, the foreign ministry says.

Annan quits as Syria envoy

2012-08-02 17:07

Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon has announced.

Hundreds flee as Syria violence spirals

2012-07-19 14:00

Hundreds of people are fleeing Damascus flashpoints after the army warned of violent clashes with rebels following a bomb blast that killed three security chiefs, witnesses say.

Russia accuses West of inciting Syrians

2012-07-18 20:31

Russia has accused the West of inciting the Syrian opposition, criticising a proposed UN resolution.

Syria bombing adds urgency to UN debate

2012-07-18 15:07

A suicide attack in Syria which has killed the defence minister and President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law has added urgency to a UN debate on Syrian sanctions.

Damascus rocked by 'intense' fighting

2012-07-16 09:15

Syria's army has blasted rebel strongholds in Damascus with mortars, sparking the "most intense" fighting in the capital since the revolt erupted 16 months ago, says a monitoring group.

Annan appalled by new Syria 'massacre'

2012-07-13 22:34

Peace envoy Kofi Annan says he is "shocked and appalled" at reports that tanks and helicopters have slaughtered more than 150 people during a massacre in a Syrian village.


Panel of global leaders urges drug policy changes

2014-09-10 11:42

A 21-member international panel has urged a global overhaul of drug policies, calling for some drugs such as marijuana to be regulated, an end to incarceration for drug use and possession.

Africa must do more to tackle inequality

2014-05-08 11:31

African governments should work harder to ensure the benefits of a decade of economic growth are spread equitably, says a report by ex-UN head Kofi Annan.

Africa must stand up against ICC, says Zim

2013-10-11 08:59

Zimbabwe's justice minister says his nation will back any calls for African countries that want to break ties with the ICC at the continentwide African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia.


Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has spoken about the role of the ICC and terrorist threats in Africa at Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture in Cape Town.

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Tutu sorry for God

2013-10-07 23:31

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he "felt sorry for God" as he celebrated his 82nd birthday.

Kenyan VP Ruto's trial opens at ICC

2013-09-10 11:13

Kenya Vice President William Ruto has gone on trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC, the most senior official ever judged by the under-fire tribunal.

Mining wealth 'must benefit all Africans'

2013-05-10 13:54

Africa needs transparent mining strategies that would plough profits back into education and health, says a panel chaired by former UN chief Kofi Annan.

World must convince Assad to go: Kerry

2013-02-14 10:00

The world must persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to see the writing on the wall, says top US diplomat John Kerry, stressing Russia could play a key role in ending the conflict.

Assad's 'peace plan' meets opposition

2013-01-07 14:31

A speech by President Bashar Assad calling for peace in Syria on his terms has met rejection by the opposition and internationally, with only his ally Iran backing his stance.

Syria crisis poses 'threat to world'

2012-09-15 12:08

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned after meeting President Bashar Assad that the worsening conflict in Syria poses a threat to the region and the world at large.

Syria mission 'nearly impossible': Brahimi

2012-09-03 07:57

New international peace envoy in the Syrian conflict Lakhdar Brahimi says his mission is "nearly impossible".

Reporter dies as US puts Syria on notice

2012-08-21 07:38

US President Barack Obama has warned Syria of "enormous consequences" if it resorts to chemical weapons, while a reporter has been killed while covering the conflict.

UN: Brahimi to become new Syria envoy

2012-08-17 19:14

Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, will take over from Kofi Annan as the international envoy on the Syria conflict, the United Nations says.

Brahimi to be new Syria mediator - report

2012-08-16 21:14

Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has agreed to replace Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria, UN sources say.

Syria will accept Algerian as go-between

2012-08-14 22:44

The Syrian government has consented to the idea of Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replacing Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict.

China lashes out over Syria

2012-08-04 16:24

China has accused countries that oppose its position on Syria of undermining attempts to find a political solution to the conflict, after voting against a new UN resolution on the crisis.

US sticks to refusal to arm Syria rebels

2012-08-03 11:00

The United States is stepping up support for the Syrian rebels but, despite the failure of UN envoy Kofi Annan's mission, is sticking to its refusal to pour arms into the conflict.

'Main battle for Aleppo about to start'

2012-08-03 07:36

The "main battle" for the Syrian city of Aleppo is about to start, says a top UN official, highlighting the spiralling violence in the conflict.

Ban Ki-moon discussing Kofi successor

2012-08-02 17:33

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is consulting with the Arab League to find a successor to Syria envoy Kofi Annan.

Govt condemns violence in Syria

2012-07-19 22:25

The South African government has added its voice to the growing alarm over the conflict in Syria, ahead of a United Nations Security Council Meeting on the situation.

Annan, Ban call on UN to act on Syria

2012-07-19 07:35

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and international envoy Kofi Annan have called on the UN Security Council to take strong action on Syria ahead of a vote on a resolution calling for sanctions.

Annan asks for delay in UN Syria vote

2012-07-18 17:39

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has asked the UN Security Council to delay a vote on a Western-drafted resolution calling for sanctions against Syria, British diplomats say.

Russia accuses West of blackmail on Syria

2012-07-16 14:01

Russia has accused the West of effectively trying to use blackmail to secure a new UN Security Council resolution that would authorise the use of force in Syria.

Annan to ask Putin help on Syria

2012-07-15 22:55

UN special envoy Kofi Annan is to ask President Vladimir Putin's help in ending the conflict in Syria during a visit to Moscow.

Annan urges 'consequences' for Syria

2012-07-11 22:27

Annan has urged the UN Security Council to promise consequences if no cease-fire occurs in Syria.

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