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# Kofi Annan

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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has died following a short illness
He was 80 years old.
# the pope is alright
Former president Mary Robinson is very happy with the Pope
The pope says earth is beginning to look more like an “immense pile of filth”.
# youngsters
Dublin youth conference set to hear from the stars of politics, sports and business
Speakers at the One Young World Dublin 2014 summit will include Kofi Annan, Dame Ellen MacArthur and creator of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales.
# Syria
The UN's special envoy to Syria is quitting after only eight months
Lakhdar Brahimi only took over from Kofi Annan in September – but is reported to have already handed in his notice.
# celebrity street
13 amazing celebrity appearances on Sesame Street
From early Destiny’s Child to a Shakespearean soliloquy from Patrick Stewart, they’ve truly covered all the bases.
# Syria
UN envoy: Syria crisis is a threat to the world
The conflict’s death toll continues to rise with overnight air strikes killing 12 civilians and wounding 60 more.
# crisis
Syria latest: Aleppo bombs, UN envoy and water crisis
Residents of the country’s second city are experiencing serious water shortages as a main water pipeline has been destroyed.
# Syria
UN peace envoy says Syria death toll is 'staggering'
Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN General Assembly that the destruction in the country is reaching “catastrophic proportions and the suffering of the people is immense”.
# Syria
Syria mission is 'nearly impossible', says new UN envoy
On the ground, activists say the death toll from the 18-month conflict has now reached 26,200.
# Syria
UN accuses Syria of perpetrating war crimes
The panel also concluded that anti-government armed groups committed war crimes, including murder, extrajudicial killings and torture, but at a lesser frequency and scale.
# Said and done
Astronomical figures and Dáil drinks: The week in quotes
“Either take off the cross or put on pants.”
# Syria
Syria in danger of 'long-term civil war', says UN chief
Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have been forced from key area of Aleppo.
# Syria
UN assembly hits out at Security Council failure on Syria
The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising the Security Council’s failure to act on the Syria conflict.
# Syria
UN General Assembly set to denounce Syrian crackdown
The diplomatic effort to solve Syria moves to the General Assembly, where Russia and China cannot veto it.
# Resigned
Kofi Annan resigns as special envoy to Syria
Annan said he cannot go on when the Security Council provides no backing for his role.
# Strike three
Russia, China again block UN resolution for sanctions against Syria
The vote – which the West says is “appalling” – put the future of the on-the-ground observer mission in serious doubt.
# Syria
Assad regime 'could use chemical weapons'
Syria’s ex-ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, said that there are unconfirmed reports that such weapons might have already been used.
# Syria
Civil war declared in Syria as fighting escalates
Meanwhile, the UN is pressing China and Russia to back tougher action against Bashar Assad.
# Syria
Video: Assad remains defiant in TV interview as Annan arrives in Syria
“A president shouldn’t run away from a challenge, and we have a national challenge in Syria now,” Syrian president Bashar Assad said in a defiant interview with German television last night.
# Damascus
US, Russia hold talks on Syria
Meanwhile, violence continues in Syria with activists stating it has been a particularly bloody week around the nation’s capital.
# Syria
Syrian violence has worsened since ceasefire, says UN
Kofi Annan says the ceasefire plan he brokered “is clearly not being implemented”.
# Syria
Downing of Turkish plane "unacceptable", says NATO chief
NATO holding emergency consultations with Turkey following last week’s incident.
# Syria
At least 15 killed in village as Syria violence intensifies
Observers saw human body parts and smelled burned flesh in another village where 78 people were reportedly slaughtered.
# Syria
UN: 'Out of control' Syria on the brink of civil war
UN envoy Kofi Annan believes the time has come for regional and international pressure on Bashar Assad.
# Syria
UN observers blocked from site of mass killing in Syria
Latest reports indicate that UN observers and journalists are being stopped from reaching al-Qubair where it’s reported at least 78 people have been killed.
# Syria
Rebels abandon UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria
Fresh attacks have been launched on regime forces, with rebels saying they had to ‘defend our people’.
# Syria
Syria facing 'a foreign plot' for destruction, insists Assad
Bashar al-Assad tells Syria’s parliament that the “international role” in the insurgent uprising “is now obvious”.
# Syria
UN human rights chief warns of full civil war in Syria
This is the fifth time the UN Human Rights Council has called an urgent meeting regarding Syria
# Syria
Syria's Assad to meet UN special envoy Kofi Annan
Russia has taken an unusual hardline against Syria’s current government ahead of the meeting.
# Syria
UN observer team evacuated from Syrian town after bombing
Observers came under attack in a northern Syrian town yesterday.
# Syria
Syria: Blast near UN convoy wounds six soldiers
A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck just seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the UN observer mission passed by.
# Syria
Killing of Syrian activists "totally unacceptible" - Annan
Kofi Annan told the UN of his concerns over reports of Syrian troops firing on civilians in Hama after UN observers left.
# Syria
Satellites said to show Syria 'not abiding by truce'
Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas.
# Syria
Irish Defence Forces set for observer role in UN Syria mission
The Cabinet approves proposals to deploy up to six Defence Forces staff as unarmed observers in Syria.
# peace plan
Activists: Syrian troops attack Damascus suburb
“This UN observers thing is a big joke.”
# Syria
UN monitors thronged on visit to Syria opposition stronghold
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has voted to expand the observer mission to 300 – and renewed the call for an immediate halt to violence.
# Syria
UN approves first observers for Syria
The UN Security Council last night united behind a legally binding resolution calling for violence to end immediately and peace talks to begin in Syria.