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Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syriaupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 13:07:00

Kofi Annan, whose initiative to forge peace in war-ravaged Syria failed to take hold, said he has resigned as the U.N. and Arab League joint special envoy because of "increasing militarization on the ground" and "the clear lack of unity" at the U.N. Security Council.

Ban: Annan resigning as envoy for Syriaupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 12:17:00

U.N. and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has resigned and will be replaced.

Annan: Iran has 'role to play' for Syrian peaceupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 14:01:00

International envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday he sees Iran as a factor in diplomatic efforts to forge peace in Syria, a stance not shared by the United States.

Annan, al-Assad meet over Syria crisisupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 19:46:00

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Syria for talks with president Bashar al-Assad. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Annan discusses latest action on Syriaupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 10:07:00

Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan discusses the latest Syrian action group meeting.

Clinton: World may not succeed in Syriaupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 10:07:00

There is no guarantee that a sweeping new international agreement on Syria will succeed in ending the conflict there, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conceded, as opposition activists said the number of dead had skyrocketed in recent months.

World powers agree on steps for Syria; blast shatters funeralupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 06:32:00

As a dozen delegations sat inside the U.N. headquarters in Geneva on Saturday, drafting a plan to end the bloody Syrian crisis, a large funeral procession made its way through a Damascus suburb, clapping and chanting loud slogans against the government.

Annan to world: Raise pressure to stop Syrian violenceupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 19:29:00

Diplomats sought new ways to forge peace in Syria on Friday as the killings continued in the restive land.

Monitors to stay in Syria, U.N. saysupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 18:51:00

The U.N. monitoring mission in Syria will remain in place for now despite its activities being halted due to rising violence, its leaders said Tuesday.

U.N. suspends peace mission in Syriaupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 18:51:00

The United Nations said Saturday it has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to intensifying violence.

The only glimmer of hope for Syriaupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 11:59:00

In a report Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly, former secretary-general and Syrian peace envoy Kofi Annan was frank and determined: Neither the opposition nor the Syrian government are implementing the cease-fire.

Syria: Torture of worst kindupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 11:59:00

A U.N. Assistant Secretary-General says in Syria there are now war crimes and torture of the worst kind.

'Audacious steps' needed in Syria, Arab diplomats sayupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 22:22:00

As a U.N.-backed peace initiative founders in Syria, Arab leaders signaled the need Saturday for more robust measures to end the violence there.

Chilling details of Houla massacreupdated: Tue May 29 2012 16:17:00

Chilling details of the Houla massacre are released as Kofi Annan meets with Syria's president. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

After Syria massacre, what's next?updated: Tue May 29 2012 16:17:00

World powers weighed tough options to end brutality in Syria on Tuesday amid the aftermath of the now-infamous massacre in Houla.

Annan, in Syria, calls for accountabilityupdated: Mon May 28 2012 11:28:00

Upon his arrival in Damascus, Syria, joint U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan called Monday for those responsible for Friday's massacre of 108 people in the town of Houla to be held responsible and for his six-point plan to be implemented.

U.N. leader condemns Syrian bomb blastupdated: Wed May 09 2012 22:02:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a bomb blast Wednesday near a convoy of U.N. observers that was entering the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

Annan: If observers fail, Syria could plunge into civil warupdated: Tue May 08 2012 15:33:00

Special envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that international observers are the last hope for success of a peace plan in Syria. Otherwise, he warned, Syria is sure to plunge into full-scale civil war.

Deadly blasts rock Syria's main cities, opposition group saysupdated: Sat May 05 2012 22:48:00

An explosion at a car wash near Syria's largest city of Aleppo killed at least five people Saturday, opposition activists said.

Syrian forces attack towns, killing 37, opposition activists sayupdated: Fri May 04 2012 14:51:00

Syrian government snipers and other forces stalked opponents in homes and neighborhoods Friday in a campaign of gunfire, shelling and arrests amid mass protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, an opposition group said.

Rights group: 'Annan plan has been ineffective'updated: Thu May 03 2012 16:34:00

A six-point peace plan for Syria negotiated by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is not being upheld, an international rights group said Wednesday.

Explosions hit Syrian capitalupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 23:08:00

A suicide bombing in a Damascus neighborhood killed nine people Friday -- most of them government forces -- and further unraveled an already tenuous ceasefire, Syrian state media reported.

Hundreds killed since start of U.N. mission, opposition saysupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 21:32:00

A Syrian opposition group says it has documented hundreds of deaths since the U.N. peace plan monitors began their work last week.

Author: U.S. averting gaze from Syria slaughterupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 12:30:00

For 13 months, violence has raged in Syria between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the opposition in a lopsided battle that has seen thousands killed amid a number of international attempts to broker a peace deal.

Opposition: Syrian regime intensifies attacks in cities visited by monitorsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 18:59:00

A small group of observers resumed the United Nations' mission to monitor a truce in Syria that was tenuous from the start and showed signs Wednesday of unraveling as opposition activists again reported widespread violence.

Annan: Syria resuming violence as monitors leaveupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 19:46:00

The Syrian military is halting violence in areas entered by U.N. observers but resumes attacking once the monitors leave, the U.N.-Arab League joint special envoy said Tuesday.

Shelling of Syrian city intensifiesupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 19:46:00

Arwa Damon reports attacks continue across Syria despite optimism the presence of U.N. monitors would decrease violence.

Shelling hits Hama as more U.N. monitors expected in Syriaupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 22:01:00

Heavy shelling hit the Syrian city of Hama on Monday, opposition activists said, days after the U.N. Security Council voted to send as many as 300 observers to monitor a tenuous cease-fire.

A game changer for Syria?updated: Fri Apr 20 2012 08:11:00

The six-point peace plan for Syria proposed by Kofi Annan is doomed to fail for one simple reason: Neither President Bashar al-Assad nor the government opposition is interested in making it work.

Clinton calls for tougher U.N. steps against Syriaupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 00:52:00

The international sense of urgency over the Syrian crisis grew on Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for an arms embargo and other tough U.N. Security Council steps against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Analysis: U.N. mission does nothing to change endgame in Syriaupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 12:05:00

The beginning of the U.N. observer mission to Syria heralds a new phase in more than a year of upheaval across the country. Success, however unlikely, could open the door to some form of dialogue between the regime and its opponents. But such is the polarization in Syria that most analysts see the mission as the least worst option before violence sets the agenda again.

U.N. monitors begin work in Syria on Monday updated: Mon Apr 16 2012 10:35:00

The first members of a U.N. observer team were expected to begin their work in Syria on Monday, monitoring a tenuous cease-fire that is showing signs of collapse amid growing reports of bloodshed.

Syrians take to the streets amid a fragile cease-fireupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 18:26:00

Syrians poured into the streets after Friday prayers, chanting and raising opposition flags in a major test of a fragile cease-fire implemented a day earlier to end a bloody government crackdown.

A tenuous truce holds, but Syria lacking full compliance with peace planupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 21:54:00

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after a truce cast relative calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.

Syria agrees to heed cease-fire deadline, but will counter attacksupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 21:24:00

Despite fresh violence and global skepticism, the Syrian government said Wednesday it will abide by the terms of a United Nations-backed peace plan and meet a looming deadline to halt all military action.

Annan 'gravely concerned' about Syria as deadline for pullout passesupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 19:31:00

Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, told the U.N. Security Council that he was "gravely concerned at the course of events" after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad failed to withdraw troops from cities and towns by Tuesday's self-imposed deadline.

Syria suggests it might not withdraw forces by deadline updated: Sun Apr 08 2012 22:40:00

Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have "armed terrorist groups" attack, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 69 deaths in the restive nation.

Opposition: 127 dead as Syrian forces target civiliansupdated: Sat Apr 07 2012 18:52:00

Syrian forces are targeting civilians displaced from their homes by earlier fighting, an opposition group said Saturday, three days before a deadline for government forces to withdraw from cities.

Annan: 'We must silence the tanks' updated: Thu Apr 05 2012 21:13:00

Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League point man on Syria, urged the Bashar al-Assad regime Thursday to cease violence and carry out his six-point plan for peace.

Activist: After Syrian pullout vow, crackdown appears to escalateupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 21:34:00

Clashes and shelling across Syria on Tuesday gave no indication that any letup in the violence was imminent, despite Monday's promise by the government of President Bashar al-Assad to withdraw its forces from population centers by April 10.

Syria promises to pull forces from population centersupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 18:29:00

The Syrian government has agreed to begin immediately to pull its forces out of population centers and will complete its withdrawal by April 10, diplomatic officials told reporters Monday.

Friends of Syria to discuss boosting opposition, helping civiliansupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:00:00

Officials from dozens of countries gathered in Turkey on Sunday to discuss the dire situation in neighboring Syria, where months of violence has been compounded by a humanitarian crisis.

Clashes erupt in Syria, activists say, as leaders meet in Saudi Arabia for talks updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:59:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must order a cease-fire immediately under a peace plan Syria accepted and not await concessions from the opposition, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan said Friday.

Syria says Annan mission must address 'terrorism'updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 23:49:00

Syria's president said his government will make every effort to ensure the success of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission, but the plan will work only if it vanquishes support for terrorism.

Annan's deal is al-Assad's last chanceupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 19:35:00

Once again, Syria is at a crossroads. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan deserves applause for brokering a ceasefire in a conflict where others have failed, and where some have been only too ready to press military buttons. Despite the seeming success of diplomacy, the conflict in Syria is far from over. This is only a new beginning.

Activists: No signs Syria carrying out peace planupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 14:06:00

Even though Syria has signed off on a U.N.-backed peace initiative, there's no evidence yet that the regime is carrying out the plan Wednesday, activists and the U.S. State Department said.

Annan's peace plan: Yea or nay?updated: Wed Mar 28 2012 14:02:00

CNN's Richard Roth and Ben Wedeman report on how Kofi Annan's Syrian peace plan proposal is being received.

Analysts: Syria has 'nothing to lose, something to gain' from Annan planupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 14:02:00

Facing growing global pressure over rising violence in his country, Syria's embattled president had little choice but to accept a U.N. special envoy's peace proposal, analysts said Tuesday.

Nations watching Syria after it accepts peace planupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 21:01:00

Key diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday that the Syrian government's acceptance of a plan to forge peace and end violence must be more than lip service.

Annan's six-point plan for Syriaupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 13:09:00

U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is promoting a six-point initiative to end the violence, bring in relief, and forge a political process to address grievances in Syria.

Annan says Syrian crisis can't 'drag on indefinitely'updated: Mon Mar 26 2012 18:47:00

United Nations-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan said Monday the ongoing crisis in Syria cannot not be allowed to "drag on indefinitely," but resisted setting any sort of timetable.

Syria hammers Homs; Security Council backs Annan missionupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 16:05:00

Syrian security fores pounded a densely populated Homs neighborhood Wednesday as the U.N. Security Council called on the government to work with its envoy to end the bloodshed.

Explosions rock Syrian capitalupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 17:26:00

Deadly explosions rocked parts of Damascus on Saturday with some of the targets being Syrian government facilities, witnesses and state television reported.

Annan: Syrians 'want to get on with their lives'updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 17:36:00

The U.N. point man on Syria said Friday that he's working hard to stop the yearlong violence there and "get unimpeded access" for humanitarian relief.

Syria responds to Annan's proposal; rebel stronghold of Idlib seizedupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 20:03:00

The civilian death toll mounted in Syria Wednesday as the U.N.-Arab League envoy for the country, Kofi Annan, considered a response from Syrian authorities to proposals laid out in weekend meetings, officials said.

Syrian government rejects Annan's proposals updated: Tue Mar 13 2012 19:35:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rebuffed the efforts of the joint U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan to mediate an end to the violence, three U.S. administration officials told CNN on Tuesday.

'Massacre' in Homs leaves 45 women, children dead, Syrian activists sayupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 21:40:00

At least 45 women and children were killed in the Syrian city of Homs late Sunday, opposition activists said, hours after the U.N. special envoy to Syria met with the country's president in an effort to reach a diplomatic solution to end the violence.

Al-Assad, Annan talk candidly in Damascus amid fresh violenceupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 20:01:00

In what he described as a candid and comprehensive conversation, Kofi Annan, the special United Nations envoy to Syria, laid out proposals Saturday to President Bashar al-Assad that were aimed at halting the relentless carnage.

Annan to meet with Syrian president Saturdayupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 20:25:00

Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League, will meet Saturday in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "to seek an urgent end to all violence and human rights violations and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution" to the violence that has wracked the country for nearly a year, his spokesman said Friday.

Fresh diplomatic efforts target Syriaupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 15:37:00

Fresh diplomatic efforts to resolve the nearly year-old crisis in Syria got under way Wednesday as the situation inside Syria reached a new level of concern.

Annan: People clamoring for democracyupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 11:45:00

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says serious changes are needed in both Tunisia and Egypt.

Ending child slavery through educationupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 05:44:00

CNN's Richard Lui visits a school in Ghana dedicated to ending child slavery through education.

Former child slave fights to end trafficking in Ghanaupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 05:44:00

A former child slave is rescuing victims of child trafficking in Ghana and has built a school to help give them a better future.

Annan urged to intervene in Kenyan disputeupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 07:29:00

Kenya's prime minister on Monday urged former U.N. chief Kofi Annan to intervene in a dispute with the nation's president over the suspension of two Cabinet members.

Kofi Annan on climate changeupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 03:23:00

President of the Global Humanitarian Forum tells CNN why the world needs to act now on climate change.

Carter, Annan unable to visit to Zimbabweupdated: Sat Nov 22 2008 19:41:00

A group including former U.N. chief Kofi Annan and former U.S. President Carter postponed a visit to Zimbabwe meant to highlight the country's humanitarian crisis after the government refused to cooperate, Annan said.

Zimbabwe blocks delegationupdated: Sat Nov 22 2008 19:41:00

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports that a group of respected leaders is being refused entry into Zimbabwe.

Who was the most inspirational leader featured in 2008?updated: Thu Oct 09 2008 10:12:00

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Kofi Annan: Still watching over Africaupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 05:46:00

Kofi Annan has an ambitious vision for Africa.

Annan: Mugabe rivals must work with Zanu-PF updated: Thu May 29 2008 09:01:00

Zimbabwe opposition leaders must be willing to work alongside Robert Mugabe's party -- even if they unseat him in an upcoming presidential run-off vote, former U.N. chief Kofi Annan says.

Annan suspends Kenya's post-election talksupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:09:00

Former U.N. Secretary-General and chief mediator Kofi Annan on Tuesday suspended talks to end Kenya's violent post-election crisis.

Annan suspends talksupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:09:00

Kofi Annan has suspended talks between the Kenyan government and opposition leaders. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Annan: Kenya factions 'not capable' of agreement updated: Mon Feb 25 2008 15:14:00

Kofi Annan has threatened to leave as mediator in the tense Kenyan power-sharing talks if a quick agreement is not reached, a senior aide to former U.N. chief said Monday.

Annan: Progress being made in forging deal in Kenyaupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 11:22:00

Kofi Annan, mediating talks between bitter Kenyan political rivals, said Friday that major progress is being made in forging a political deal that will end the crisis in the East African country.

Kenya peace talks move forwardupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 02:01:00

Kenyan negotiators trying to end the violent ethnic tensions that erupted after the disputed presidential elections last year have reached some sort of a political agreement and will continue talking next week, a spokesman for the mediators said. A Political Compromise in Kenya? updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 15:55:00

Leaders on both sides of a contested election move toward a new deal, but the impact of weeks of bloodshed may be more difficult to resolve

Kenya talks to resumeupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 00:50:00

Talks to mediate an end to Kenya's political crisis were to resume Friday morning after being suspended in the wake of a second opposition lawmaker's killing a day earlier, according to a U.N. spokesman.

Forced out, living in fearupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 03:14:00

CNN's Nic Robertson talks to newly displaced people as ethnic violence continues to flare in Kenya.

Annan begs for calm in Kenya after lawmaker's killingupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 03:14:00

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday pleaded with Kenya's government to take "extraordinary measures" to protect civilians hours after an opposition lawmaker was killed outside his home.

Kenyan prayer march hit by tear gasupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 18:15:00

Tear gas was fired Wednesday on people taking part in a prayer march sparking more post-election violence in the Kenyan capital.

Annan set for Kenyan crisis talksupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 07:18:00

Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetang'ula said hopes were high that former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan can start a dialogue to help resolve Kenya's political crisis.

Who's going to be in and out in 2007?updated: Thu Dec 28 2006 05:31:00

In 2007 the world's attention will remain focused on a number of big questions:

Your e-mails: Appraisals of Annanupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 13:06:00

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is making his farewells; he steps down from the helm of the world body at the end of this month. As the seventh U.N. chief -- he served nearly a decade dealing with one global crisis after another.

Annan chides U.S. in farewell speechupdated: Mon Dec 11 2006 13:29:00

Kofi Annan had some strong words Monday for the United States in his farewell speech as secretary-general of the United Nations.

Thailand reports bird flu deathupdated: Fri Dec 09 2005 03:35:00

Thailand's Health Ministry has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old boy from avian influenza.

U.N.'s Annan denounces terror strikes updated: Sat Nov 12 2005 00:15:00

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan -- the latest top diplomat to visit volatile Iraq -- on Saturday denounced the deadly terror strikes coursing through the Middle East and called for Iraqis to reconcile.

Quick condemnation of Jordan attacksupdated: Wed Nov 09 2005 19:15:00

Wednesday's deadly explosions in Amman, Jordan, drew swift condemnation in Washington and at the United Nations.

Annan urges nations to prepare for possible bird flu pandemicupdated: Thu Nov 03 2005 10:15:00

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community Thursday to make immediate preparations for a possible pandemic of bird flu.

Memo author denies lobbying Annanupdated: Wed Jun 15 2005 20:18:00

The author of an e-mail that renewed scrutiny on Kofi Annan's role in Iraq's oil-for-food program denied Wednesday that he ever lobbied the U.N. secretary-general to award a lucrative inspection contract.

Oil-for-food memo raises questions for Annanupdated: Tue Jun 14 2005 19:49:00

Investigators probing the United Nations' oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are reviewing an e-mail that suggests a communication between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the company that won a lucrative contract and employed his son.

Annan condemns Kabul blastupdated: Sun May 08 2005 04:13:00

U.N. head Kofi Annan has condemned the bombing of a Kabul Internet cafe that killed three people and has expressed concern about increasing violence in Afghanistan.

Annan worried over Zimbabwe pollupdated: Mon Apr 04 2005 20:32:00

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, has said he is concerned over aspects of last week's parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe.

U.N. seen slamming Annan in reportupdated: Mon Mar 28 2005 22:34:00

An independent U.N. investigative committee is expected to clear Secretary-General Kofi Annan of conflicts of interest in the now-defunct oil-for-food program in Iraq.

The Fight of His Lifeupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 17:13:00

The sonorous voice is familiar around the world. No matter what the crisis of the day, Kofi Annan's soft baritone always manages to convey a sense of imperturbable gravitas.

Annan urges more action on Sudanupdated: Wed Jul 21 2004 21:56:00

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on the international community to do more to avert a looming humanitarian tragedy in Sudan.

Sudan vows to crack down on ethnic war updated: Sat Jul 03 2004 10:45:00

The Sudanese government Saturday vowed to crack down on militia violence in the country's strife-torn Darfur region, where a shocking humanitarian crisis has been unfolding for months.

U.N. backs Iraq oil-for-food probeupdated: Wed Mar 31 2004 18:06:00

The U.N. Security Council has offered formal support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan for an independent, high-level investigation of the controversial Iraq oil-for-food program.

U.N.: UK spying 'illegal' if trueupdated: Thu Feb 26 2004 12:55:00

The United Nations said alleged British spying on Secretary-General Kofi Annan's office, if true, is illegal and must stop immediately.

Blair: Spy claim 'irresponsible'updated: Thu Feb 26 2004 04:02:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says claims that UK intelligence agents spied on U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan are "deeply irresponsible" and threatened the security of the country.

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