**UN Aid Official Going to Syria, Lebanon **
The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says she will travel to Syria and Lebanon this week to discuss ways of increasing aid to civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict.
Valerie Amos announced Monday that the three-day visit, beginning Tuesday, is aimed at drawing attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, and the impact on people who are still in the country and those who have fled to other countries, including Lebanon.
The Arab League postponed a meeting of foreign ministers that had been scheduled for Sunday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to discuss the Syrian situation and a replacement for peace envoy Kofi Annan, who resigned earlier this month. An Arab League official did not give a reason for the delay and did not say when the meeting might be rescheduled.
**UN Chief Urges North, South Korea to Ease Tensions**
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North and South Korea to ease tensions on the peninsula.
Mr. Ban's comments came during a meeting Monday with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan in Seoul.
Cross-border relations have worsened in recent months. The North has threatened what it calls a "sacred war" against the South's conservative government for alleged insults to, and plots against, its government.
Pyongyang is also struggling with the devastation of floods that killed at least 169 people, left hundreds missing and washed away or inundated more than 65 thousand hectares of cropland. Mr. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the United Nations was committed to continue its emergency aid to the North.
The world body and other international organizations are providing emergency items, such as tents. But North Korean officials say they are not reaching people in some flooded areas because access to roads and railways has not been restored.