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UN reports ongoing expulsions of DR Congo citizens from Angola

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expelled from neighbouring Angola continued to arrive in their country of origin this month, with many reporting that they were subjected to mistreatment, including sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian office said today.

UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Thailand not to forcibly return a group of some 166 Myanmar nationals who fled their country amid renewed fighting and are currently seeking temporary protection from the Royal Government.

With restrictions lifted, UN and partners deliver assistance to displaced Darfuris

The United Nations and other aid agencies today began providing vital humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered outside the UN-African Union mission’s sites in Darfur now that restrictions have been lifted on all air and road movements to areas of recent fighting.

Sudan: UN delivers ballots for independence referendum in south

The United Nations has delivered ballots for more than 4 million voters in Southern Sudan for next month’s independence referendum, culminating a six-year peace process that ended two decades of civil war between the north and south.

African governments can be catalysts for economic transformation – UN report

Governments in Africa can facilitate economic transformation and sustainable development through policies that give incentives to businesses and industry to thrive, according to a preview released today of a forthcoming joint report by the United Nations and the African Union.

Lebanon: President Sleiman visits UN peacekeeping operations in south

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman today reaffirmed his country’s “consensus” support for the United Nations peacekeeping operation that was strengthened in 2006 as part of the agreement that ended fighting between Israel and Hizbollah.

UNESCO launches online game to educate youth about HIV/AIDS

A new video game being launched by the United Nations aims to provide young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention, while educating, entertaining and promoting healthy behaviour.

UN soldier injured as crowd attacks peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire

A large crowd today attacked a three-vehicle convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire in the commercial capital of Abidjan, slashing one soldier with a machete and setting one of the vehicles on fire.

Child nutrition situation in Niger remains alarming, UN-backed survey warns

Although humanitarian aid to Niger has saved the lives of tens of thousands of ill-fed children, the nutritional situation remains alarming with more than 15 in 100 youngsters suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations-backed survey.

UN peacekeeping chief arrives in Côte d’Ivoire, confers with president-elect

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations arrived in Côte d’Ivoire today and met president-elect Alassane Ouattara, while stressing his department’s support for the UN mission in the West Africa country, which has plunged into political uncertainty following the outgoing leader’s refusal to stand down after losing the election.