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Pledging 'continuity with change,' Ban Ki-moon names chief of staff, spokesperson

On the eve of taking office as the eighth United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today named two key members of his team, selecting a former senior Indian government official as chef de cabinet and an award-winning journalist from Haiti as spokesperson while pledging “continuity along with change.”

UN against death penalty but understands desire for justice in Hussein case – envoy

Reacting to the imposition of the death sentence against Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq with terror for nearly a quarter of a century until his ouster in 2003, the senior United Nations envoy there voiced understanding about the desire for justice among many people but reiterated the world body's longstanding opposition to capital punishment.

Indonesia: Annan mourns those who died in ferry sinking, pledges UN support

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the hundreds of people who died when a ferry traveling between Borneo and Java islands in Indonesia sank, and pledged the world body's support in response.

UN food agency resumes aid flights to Somalia

Following a temporary suspension caused by a recent flare up of violence in Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a resumption of air aid deliveries to the country, where it is struggling to feed half a million people affected by floods.

Afghanistan: UN reaffirms commitment to help reinforce human rights

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today pledged the world organization’s support in entrenching fundamental human rights in the strife-torn country.

UN calls on Georgia and Abkhaz separatists to avoid escalation after deadly attacks

The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) today called on the Government and Abkhaz separatists to cooperate “to prevent any escalation” after attacks killed three Abkhaz militia members in a region where fighting forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes14 years ago.

Envoy confident about efforts to determine final status of UN-run Kosovo

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today voiced confidence on reaching a decision on the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province that the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

UN prepares for possible exodus of tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing fighting

The United Nations refugee agency is mobilizing staff and resources in preparation for a possible exodus of tens of thousands of people fleeing fighting in Somalia.

Internet auction raises double its target to help UN feed hungry children

An Internet charity auction of fine-dining items, ranging from dinner for two at top international restaurants to rare cookery books to regional baskets of unusual ingredients, has raised more than double its target in a ‘Menu for Hope’ project to help the United Nations feed hungry children in the developing world.

Somali people smuggler boats capsize off Yemen, leaving 17 dead, 140 missing – UN

Seventeen people died and some 140 are missing after two smugglers’ boats carrying them across the Gulf of Aden from strife-torn Somalia capsized in the dark off the coast of Yemen, the latest victims of long series of deadly incidents claimed by the perilous crossing, the United Nations refugee reported today.