Breaking from the tradition of awarding the Olympics only to a single host city, the IOC is opening the door to possible wider bids, including bids from an entire country, joint bids from more than one city and even the possibility of events held in more than one country.
The top Republican in Congress on Thursday said it was time to address US immigration reform but warned President Barack Obama would "poison the well" if he acts unilaterally after the Republicans' election victory.
The IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) group said it will intensify cooperation to achieve a "decisive" conclusion of the reform of the UN Security Council by next year, including expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative.
Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to six months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode.
Saying that the credibility of the UN Security Council is at stake, India has sought a results-based timeline for reforms in the world organisation`s supreme decision-making body to give it a more equitable representation globally.
The UN Security Council
reform, being debated since two decades, is "too long overdue"
and the necessary expansion must be made considering how much
the world has changed, UN chief Ban-Ki-moon said on Wednesday.