A formal vote will take place in the UN Security Council on Thursday to confirm the choice of the 66-year-old. Guterres has been leading the UN refugee agency for 10 years. If confirmed, he will take over from Ban Ki-moon early next year.
The United Nations has voted to give Germany a two-year seat on the Security Council. Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia will take up the remaining non-permanent places.
Kuwait's UN Security Council resolution to condemn Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians has been vetoed by the United States. The decision came on a day when Israeli troopers shot a Palestinian nurse dead.
Lawmakers in Juba have voted to extend the term of President Kiir and the transitional parliament by three years. Meanwhile the UN has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctioned two military officials.
The UN General Assembly has voted to condemn Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. A US attempt to blame Hamas failed to pass.
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