June 22, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: U.N. chief gets new 5-year term

From Wire Reports

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general Tuesday, praising him for strengthening the world body’s role and visibility in difficult circumstances.

The 192-member assembly applauded loudly as it adopted a resolution giving the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat another five years at the helm of the U.N. Assembly president Joseph Deiss banged his gavel and proclaimed Ban’s selection by acclamation to a new term starting Jan. 1.

Ban announced earlier this month that he wanted a second term. He faced no opposition.

Five militants arrested in raid

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine troops have captured five suspected Muslim militants in a raid on their jungle hideout on a restive southern island.

Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc says no fighting was reported as troops swept down on the Basilan Island encampment early today. They followed a tip from a suspect arrested last week who said three Filipino hostages were being held by militants.

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