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Ban Ki-moon warns of critical gaps as joint UN-AU force takes over in Darfur

The joint United Nations-African Union force set up to stem the violence in Darfur took the reigns today from the existing AU operation in the war-torn Sudanese region, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that critical gaps remain in what will be the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation at full strength.

UNICEF outlines challenges for 2008 in Latin America and Caribbean

Reducing infant mortality and chronic malnutrition, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and slashing the toll of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse are among the immediate challenges facing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008.

UN raises concerns over humanitarian situation in DR Congo’s troubled east

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the ongoing insecurity in the conflict-ridden North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where clashes have escalated in recent months between Government and renegade forces.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission speaks out against violence

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) expressed concern today over recent violence in Bouaké, in the north of the divided West African nation.

UN tribunal terminates provisional release of former Croatian Commander

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s has ordered the arrest of a former Croatian commander for violating the terms of his provisional release by leaving his designated residence to go on a hunting trip without permission.

Food security at risk in Ethiopia’s Somali region, UN warns

United Nations officials are increasingly concerned about food security in Ethiopia’s impoverished Somali region where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year.

Secretary-General calls for restraint from all in Kenyan post-election violence

Strongly deploring the loss of human lives in Kenya after the announcement of election results, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the security forces there to show utmost restraint and appealed to the population for calm, patience and respect for law.

Ban Ki-moon voices concern over violence in West Darfur between rebel group, Government

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep concern today over the resumption of hostilities between a rebel group and Government forces in West Darfur.

In farewell remarks, top UN envoy expresses hope, concern for Afghanistan

Tom Koenigs, the outgoing Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, today voiced both hope for the strife-torn nation which is moving forward, but expressed concern for the country's security situation.

Bring on the clowns: UN agency finds new ally in helping Iraqi refugee children

The United Nations refugee agency has enlisted a new ally – red-nosed clowns – to help put Iraqi children traumatized by the violence of their homeland at ease while they register for school in neighbouring Syria.