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Afghan cholera outbreak under control, says UN health agency

The cholera outbreak that started earlier this month in central Afghanistan is now under control, the United Nations and its partners reported today, stressing that early detection and collaboration among key actors were key to averting a public health crisis.

Cyprus leaders to intensify UN-led reunification talks

The leaders of Cyprus’ Greek and Turkish communities will hold intensive talks next week as part of United Nations-led reunification negotiations, a senior official with the world body announced today.

UN mission speaks out after Congolese human rights defender is kidnapped

The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has expressed deep concern after the apparent abduction of a human rights defender who had spoken out against alleged rights violations by members of the country’s military.

Female candidates in upcoming Tanzanian polls to receive UN election training

The United Nations is seeking to empower women candidates ahead of Tanzania’s general elections in October, including by improving their skills in public speaking, media engagement, campaign planning, presentations, community mobilization, advocacy and lobbying.

Viet Nam: UN expert urges stepped-up efforts to combat poverty

While Viet Nam has made considerable strides in curbing poverty in the past 20 years, efforts must be ramped up to ensure that no one is left behind as the Asian nation continues its economic growth, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

UN launches global action plan to combat scourge of human trafficking

The United Nations today launched a global action plan to combat human trafficking, with senior UN officials urging that governments worldwide take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge.

UNICEF welcomes Sudanese measure to end use of child soldiers

The United Nations agency charged with protecting the rights of children today welcomed the launch of a programme by the Sudanese Government to end the use of child soldiers by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

Top UN officials call for scaling up assistance to Pakistan’s flood victims

Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to boost their support for Pakistan’s flood victims, especially for the health and well-being of women and children who make up 70 per cent of the nearly 18 million people affected by the disaster.

Palestinian economy in modest growth amid Israeli occupation – UN

The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) recorded marginal economic growth last year, and unemployment remained high, with Israel’s closure policy in the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza Strip continuing to inhibit the territory’s potential for rapid economic expansion, the United Nations reported today.

UN urges proper treatment of migrants after reported deaths in Saudi Arabia

The reported deaths of five Ethiopian migrants in a deportation facility in Saudi Arabia has refocused attention on the way asylum-seekers are treated, with the United Nations refugees agency recalling its appeal last month for the kingdom’s authorities to stop sending people back strife-torn to Somalia.