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February 24, 1998 | Reuters
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan looked slightly puzzled when he emerged from his Paris hotel Monday evening to a rousing welcome from hordes of excited teenagers waiting for rock star Madonna. Witnesses said Annan, who arrived in Paris after peace negotiations in Baghdad and was going to dine with President Jacques Chirac, smiled and waved as the crowd cheered when he was bundled into his car by security men.
June 16, 2006 | From Reuters
India nominated senior U.N. official and author Shashi Tharoor on Thursday to succeed Kofi Annan when his 10-year term as United Nations secretary-general concludes at the end of the year. Tharoor, 50, an Indian, is the U.N. undersecretary-general for communications and public information. New Delhi said it strongly supported the principle of regional rotation, under which the next secretary-general should be from Asia. China also has made it clear it wants the next U.N. chief to be Asian.
May 31, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Secretary-General Kofi Annan approved Baghdad's plan for distributing food and medicine purchased under the oil-for-food plan, paving the way for Iraq to export as much as $5.2 billion worth of oil over the next six months. Annan's approval of the distribution plan was the last major hurdle to be cleared before the next phase of the sales plan could begin. The current phase expires Tuesday. U.N.
April 24, 2001 | Reuters
Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a youth magazine he considers former South African President Nelson Mandela and French President Jacques Chirac the most humorous world leaders he has met. In an interview published in the May issue of Nickelodeon magazine, Annan was asked which world leader had the best sense of humor. "Nelson Mandela has a good sense of humor. And so does Jacques Chirac," he replied.
November 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan accused Osama bin Laden of insulting the people of the Third World by scorning democracy and human rights. "When Bin Laden maintains that democracy and human rights are only products of the West, I find that insulting for the people of the Third World whom he pretends to defend," Annan told France's Le Figaro newspaper in Paris. But Annan warned that the U.S.
February 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An emotional U.N. chief Kofi Annan was greeted with cheers and tears when he arrived in East Timor, laying a wreath at a church where dozens of people were massacred during a wave of violence last year. Annan and his wife, Nane, shed tears as he laid the wreath in the town of Liquisa, scene of some of the worst bloodshed before and after a U.N.-run vote in which the East Timorese overwhelmingly chose to break away from Indonesian rule. A U.N.
January 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that there was no argument for a U.S. strike against Iraq before weapons inspectors report on their mission. Annan said Iraq was cooperating with arms inspectors and he saw no need for military action until the inspectors -- searching Iraq for suspected biological, chemical or nuclear weapons programs -- report to the Security Council by Jan. 27. U.N.
August 16, 2005 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The U.N. announced new measures Monday to strengthen oversight of contracting after a senior U.N. official pleaded guilty last week to soliciting nearly $1 million in bribes for confidential bidding information. An outside consulting firm will soon join the U.N.'s internal investigators and the U.S. attorney's office in examining how many contracts may have gone to the highest bribe, not the lowest bid, and to ensure it doesn't happen again.
January 7, 2003 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
When Kofi Annan was growing up in Ghana, his father used to dispense advice in proverb form. Annan, now secretary-general of the United Nations, remembers hating his boss and asking his dad whether he should tell the guy off to his face. Came the reply, "Son, you don't hit a man on his head if you've got your fingers between his teeth." As usual, Annan had to walk away and interpret the reply, he recalls with a grin. It's no wonder he grew up to become such a skilled diplomat. He needs to be.
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