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Interpol assembly elects Juergen Stock, VP of Germany's criminal police, as its new leader

FILE -  In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Germany's Juergen Stock poses during the 83rd Interpol General Assembly in Monaco. The General Assembly of the international police organization unanimously elected Stock, 55, on Friday Nov.7, 2014 at its meeting in Monaco. He replaces Ronald K. Noble, an American who served as secretary general of Interpol for 14 years. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Germany's Juergen Stock poses during the 83rd Interpol General Assembly in Monaco. The General Assembly of the international police organization unanimously elected Stock, 55, on Friday Nov.7, 2014 at its meeting in Monaco. He replaces Ronald K. Noble, an American who served as secretary general of Interpol for 14 years. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)  (The Associated Press)

The vice president of Germany's Federal Criminal Police, Juergen Stock, has been elected to take over the operational helm of Interpol, effective immediately.

The General Assembly of the international police organization unanimously elected Stock, 55, Friday at its meeting in Monaco. He replaces Ronald K. Noble, an American who served as secretary general of Interpol for 14 years. The executive committee had picked Stock in June, one of six candidates from six countries.

Stock said Interpol, which is based in Lyon, France, is a key player in today's world, where challenges range from geopolitical conflicts to health risks, terrorism and cybercrime, and "cannot be overcome by national states alone."

Stock has been vice president of Germany's criminal police, known as the BKA, since 2004.

The secretary general oversees police cooperation.