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 spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Israeli settlement expansion, said:
"It was with grave concern and disappointment that the Secretary-General learned of Israel’s announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.
"This would include reported planning in the so-called E-1 envelope, which risks completely cutting off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.
"Settlements are illegal under international law and, should the E-1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution.
"The Secretary-General repeats his call on all concerned to resume negotiations and intensify efforts towards a comprehensive, just and lasting peace and urges the parties to refrain from provocative actions. In the interests of peace, any plans for E-1 must be rescinded."
The UN Secretary General has warned that an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would be a "dangerous escalation," Reuters reported.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is "alarmed" by the bomb attack on the National Security Headquarters and the "continued use of heavy weapons" by the Syrian Army in Damascus, according to his spokesman.
He called on all sides to end violence and to begin political dialogue. He also called on the UN Security Council, which is due to vote on a Syrian resolution today, to act swiftly:
"The Secretary-General urges the Security Councilto shoulder its responsibility and take collective and effective action ... in view of the seriousness of the situationon the ground.
"Time is of the essence. The Syrian people have sufferedfor too long. The bloodshed must end now."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his hope that Turkey and Syria will exercise restraint over Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter over the Mediterranean.
In a statement, the secretary general's spokesman Martin Nesirky said: "The secretary-general is following the situation closely. He hopes this serious incident can be handled with restraint by both sides through diplomatic channels."
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the Syrian government to allow UN observers to enter the town of Haffa in Latakia Province citing "reports of a build-up of government forces around the town".
A statement from his office also said: "The government's intensive military operations, including the shelling of Homs and reportedly other population centers, as well as firing from helicopters on Talbiseh and Rastan, are resulting in heavy civilian casualties and human rights violations."
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says he is "saddened and outraged" by the killing of seven peacekeepers in Ivory Coast
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that massacres of civilians, such as the one perpetrated in Houla last weekend, could plunge Syria into a devastating civil war.
Speaking in Istanbul, he said: "The massacre of civilians of the sort seen last weekend could plunge Syria into catastrophic civil war - a civil war from which the country would never recover."