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December 13, 2016 4:55 PM UN Secretary-General-Designate Takes Oath of Office, Highlights Peace, SDGs, UN Reform

12 December 2016: António Guterres was sworn in as ninth UN Secretary-General during a UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, following which Guterres highlighted three strategic priorities for change: work for peace; support for sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and advance UN internal management. Guterres’ appointment 19

December 13, 2016 4:22 PM Qatar FM: The fall of Aleppo won't end the Syrian war

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani discusses the Syrian war and the battle for Aleppo. A flurry of diplomatic activity is trying to establish a truce in the city of Aleppo and stop the war in Syria, but it is a long shot amid growing divisions between the allies of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition supporters 16

December 13, 2016 4:22 PM A look at key events in Syria’s Aleppo since March 2011

—March 2011: Protests erupt in the southern city of Daraa over the detention of a group of boys accused of painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of their school. On March 18, security forces open fire on a protest in Daraa, killing four people in what activists regard as the first deaths of the uprising. Demonstrations spread, as does the crackdown 30

December 13, 2016 2:54 PM Aleppo on the Brink: Syrians Flee Besieged City

A Syrian boy rides a bike adorned with a Syrian flag as Syrians families, who were displaced from east Aleppo last month, return to their homes in the Hanano district of eastern Aleppo, Syria on Dec. 4, 2016. On Nov. 26, government forces stormed the Hanano district, their deepest incursion into east Aleppo in more than four years. Abdul-Ghani Kassa 4

December 13, 2016 2:06 PM Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot

Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children, the UN says. The UN's human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were shot on sight. Meanwhile, the UN children's agency cited a doctor as saying a building housing as many as 100 unaccompanied 18

December 13, 2016 8:43 AM Q&A: How did Aleppo fall?

Al Jazeera speaks with head of Aleppo local council on regime's victory and its implications for the Syrian revolution. As the Syrian government forces, backed by allies, inch closer to a decisive victory in the ravaged rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, the impending fall of the city to regime forces would be the biggest setback for rebels since the conflict 10

December 13, 2016 7:00 AM Syrian general says Aleppo offensive in final stages before declaring victory, as civilians trapped by fighting

The Syrian army and its allies are in the "last moments before declaring victory" in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas of the city continued non-stop on Monday 19

December 13, 2016 6:52 AM Syrian army close to declaring victory in Aleppo

Reports of women and children being killed as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad sweep through city Syria's army is in the "last moments before declaring victory" in the battle for Aleppo following the collapse of rebel defences on Monday, a Syrian military source said. "The battle in eastern Aleppo should end quickly," Lieutenant General Zaid al-Saleh 24

December 13, 2016 4:46 AM Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres sworn in as new UN secretary-general

Guterres will take over from South Korea's Ban Ki-moon on 1 January. Portugal's Antonio Guterres was sworn in as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General on Monday, 12 December. Guterres will take over from South Korea's Ban Ki-moon on 1 January, whose second five-year term will end on 31 December. The 67-year-old former refugee agency chief pledged 14

December 12, 2016 10:55 PM The Latest: Syria Claims 99 Percent Control of Aleppo

Syrian state TV says government forces and their allies now control 99 percent of the northern city of Aleppo's formerly rebel-held neighborhoods. The channel says on Monday night that the army has seized control of the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood and cleared it of all opposition fighters. The pro-government al-Ikhbaria TV says the "terrorist groups" 39