The UN is working with the Libyan authorities to transfer control of prisons from armed groups to trained professionals.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says the fight against terrorism is "being discussed at the highest possible level." Other matters on the agenda include a new constitution, reformed governance and fresh elections.
Since the overthrow of Iraq's Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iran has positioned itself as an important political actor in the Middle East. Iranian-backed forces have played a determining role in Syria and Iraq.
In his final news conference as UN chief, Ban says: "Aleppo is now a synonym for hell."
France calls for an urgent meeting to push for international observers to be sent to the city to monitor the situation and ensure deliveries of humanitarian aid.
US Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of "barbarism" during the Security Council emergency meeting on Syria.
United Nations Security Council adopts resolution to deploy UN police presence in troubled Burundi
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