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UN holds first-ever hearings to pick world's top diplomat

Irina Bokova speaks with reporters on the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, at UN headquarters in New York on April 12, 2016Candidates vying to become the next UN secretary-general fielded questions Tuesday on global crises — from climate change to achieving Middle East peace — during the first-ever hearings to choose the world’s top diplomat. The United Nations opened the three days of public hearings in a packed chamber, breaking from the secrecy that surrounded the choice of Ban Ki-moon and his predecessors at the helm of the world body. Eight contenders will take turns at the podium before the General Assembly’s 193 nations to lay out their vision for the top job after Ban steps down on December 31.

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