UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will have a new round of straw poll next Friday on the 10 current candidates vying to be next UN secretary-general to succeed Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1, the president of the council, Ambassador Gerard Jacobus van Bohemen of New Zealand, announced Thursday.
Another round of the secret council poll will be held on Sept. 26, Bohemen said while briefing reporters on the 15-nation council’s work program for September, when New Zealand, one of the 10 non-permanent council members, holds the rotating council presidency. (UN-Chief-Straw poll)
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PARIS — French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday expressed “extremely concerned” about the security situation in eastern Ukraine where clashes continue between Ukrainian forces and militants.
Both leaders expressed their worries about the conflict in Ukraine especially along the line of contact between government forces and pro-independence militants. (France-Germany-Ukraine)
– – – -h WELLINGTON — Residents in New Zealand North Island are urged to stay away from the water by Civil Defence following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake early Friday morning.
The quake, which occurred at 4:37 a.m. local time (1637 GMT Thursday), was centered 130 km northeast of Te Araroa in the North Island with a depth of 55 km, according to the government’s GeoNet monitoring service.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Alaska State Troopers have confirmed that there were no survivors on either of the two small planes that collided mid-air over western Alaska on Wednesday.
Reports on Thursday quoted troopers as citing responders at the scene northwest of the village of Russian Mission, 375 miles, or 603 km, west of Anchorage, that all five people on board the two planes were killed. (Alaska-Plane collision)
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana