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c South Korea will send a mechanized infantry contingent to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the peacekeeping mission in the south.

With the addition of the 350 Koreans, who will be based in the relative safety south of Tyre, UNIFIL will have more than 11,600 ground troops, plus 2,000 naval personnel.

c Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week appointed veteran Brazilian diplomat and arms-control specialist Sergio de Queiroz Duarte to head the U.N. Office of Disarmament Affairs.

Mr. Duarte, who served in Brazil’s U.S. Embassy in the early 1970s, succeeds Japan’s Nobuyasu Abe, who angrily resigned after Mr. Ban downgraded the department earlier this year.

c The U.N. Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism will enter into force later this month, after Bangladesh became the 22nd nation to ratify the treaty. Signatories pledge to extradite and prosecute those who plot against potentially radioactive targets such as power plants or nuclear reactors.

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