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UN offers online courses to boost cancer treatment in developing nations

To bridge the gap in developing countries where there is a shortage of cancer specialists, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped spearhead a web-based course on radiation oncology.

UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

Following the eruption of a volcano in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country is using its aviation force to help to keep a close eye on lava flow.

Timor-Leste: police officer being investigated for shooting suspended – UN

The police officer under investigation for last week’s deadly shooting in Timor-Leste has been suspended from duty, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, known as UNMIT, announced today.

More displaced Colombians seek shelter at unconventional sites – UN

As the number of people driven from their homes to escape violence across Colombia topped three million in 2009, the United Nations refugee agency said today that more and more of the forcibly displaced are seeking safety on scraps of land that no one else wants.

Ban voices support for London conference on Yemen and terrorism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern about the presence of Al-Qaida in Yemen, while expressing support for the conference that is being organized by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London later this month to discuss the issue.

World must act now to reverse worsening situation in Afghanistan – Ban

There is currently no indication of an early improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, which deteriorated last year – dramatically so in Kabul, the capital – and a better coordinated international effort is crucial to reversing overall negative trends, according to the latest United Nations report released today.

Ban applauds Republic of Korea, US for lifting entry limits based on HIV status

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations agency tasked with fighting the spread of HIV today congratulated the Republic of Korea and the United States for lifting “discriminatory” travel limits that previously prevented people living with HIV from entering both nations.

Top UN envoy calls for 'demilitarized' international approach in Afghanistan

The international community must demilitarize its overall approach in Afghanistan to ensure sustainable gains in the political and humanitarian realms, the outgoing top United Nations envoy to the South Asian nations said today.

UN opens Biodiversity Year with plea to save world's ecosystems

In a bid to curb the unprecedented loss of the world's species due to human activity – at a rate some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression – the United Nations is marking 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, with a slew of events highlighting the vital role the phenomenon plays in maintaining the life support system on Planet Earth.

UN envoy urges Sudan to work for stability, security in 2010

The top United Nations official in Sudan has called on all the people of the fractured African country to pull together towards a more peaceful 2010, the last full year of the accord which ended more than two decades of one of the continent's bloodiest civil wars.