United Nations Secretary General met PSY to discuss working with the global superstar to end global warming - and dancing.
Seven UN peacekeepers have come under attack and been killed in Ivory Coast
Suicide bombing may be common in neighbouring Iraq. It hasn't been in Syria. Until now.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned the Boston Marathon blasts:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a team to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in Syria would be ready to deploy within 24 hours and urged the Syrian government to give the go-ahead so work could begin.
Ban said an advance team had been sent to Cyprus. "We are ready, it is a matter of time," he said. The full team will consist of 15 experts, including inspectors, medical experts and chemists.
"All we are waiting for is the go-ahead from the Syrian government to determine whether any chemicals weapons were used, in any location," Ban said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon warned North Korea that a further nuclear test would be a "provocative measure." In a news conference in the Hague, he said:
The DPRK cannot go on like this, confronting and challenging the authority of the Security Council and directly challenging the whole international community.
He also said he was aware of possible preparations for a nuclear test, but had no specific information.
The United Nations said humanitarian staff remain engaged throughout North Korea and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "deeply concerned" by the escalating crisis, according to Reuters.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said he is "deeply worried" by the war of words coming from the Korean peninsula in recent days.
"Nuclear threats are not a game," Mr Ban warned. He also said that countries would be likely to "respond firmly" to any provocation from North Korea, and he called on all parties to join in dialogue.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the United Nations will launch an investigation - as requested by the Syrian government- into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria.
"I have decided to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria", Ban told reporters.
He said the investigation will look into "the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian government".
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has offered his "heartfelt congratulations" to Pope Francis. In a statement he said:
– Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary-General
I look forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See, under the wise leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis.
We share many common goals – from the promotion of peace, social justice and human rights, to the eradication of poverty and hunger – all core elements of sustainable development.
We also share the conviction that we can only resolve the interconnected challenges of today’s world through dialogue. I am certain that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue ...
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed the adoption of more stringent sanctions against North Korea by the Security Council.
A spokesman for the Secretary General said: "Acting unanimously and agreeing on effective and credible measures, the Security Council has sent an unequivocal message to the DPRK that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons and related acts."
He also said Mr Ban remains "deeply concerned" about tensions in the region and called on North Korea to "refrain from any further destabilizing steps or bellicose rhetoric"
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "strongly condemned" North Korea's nuclear test, branding it a "reckless act, which shows out right disregard for the repeated calls of the international community to refrain from further provocative measures."
He added: "The test is a clear and grave violation of the relevant resolutions of the security council."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has written to Syrian president Bashar al Assad, urging him not to use chemical weapons in the country's escalating conflict, the UN press office said today.
According to the statement, the UN chief told the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu that "any use of such weapons would be an outrageous crime with dire consequences."