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 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."
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."