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In South Lebanon, Ban Ki-moon stresses need for eventual permanent ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited South Lebanon, where he voiced hope that a cessation of hostilities in place since the end of last year’s 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah could be transformed into a permanent ceasefire.

UN’s Kosovo envoy voices concern at apparent attack on monastery

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province's Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority.

Central African Republic: military abuses will be probed, leader tells UN official

In the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians have been caught in the crossfire as rebels fight government troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today said the country’s president said any military abuses will be investigated.

Thousands of displaced Chadians running out of food due to funding shortfall – UN

Scores of thousands of displaced Chadians are running out of food in the eastern border region with Sudan and face a desperate struggle to survive absent new donations to meet the needs of a rising tide of people uprooted by continuing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

Six million children immunized against measles in DPR Korea in UN-backed campaign

Six million children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aged six months to 15 years have been immunized in the first phase of a United Nations-backed emergency campaign targeting more than 16 million of the country’s 22 million people following a recent outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease.

Ban Ki-moon urges Lebanon’s leaders to seek national reconciliation through dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Lebanon’s leaders to engage in dialogue to promote national reconciliation as he continued his first visit to the Middle East as the world’s top diplomat.

UN agency trains communications experts for rapid global disaster response

For crises where minutes can make a difference between life and death, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has just graduated its first class of emergency telecommunications team leaders after an intensive two-week training course to ready them for rapid deployment to difficult and dangerous disaster zones.

UN refugee agency protests over forced return of Chinese asylum seekers from Russia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has protested over the forced return of a Chinese asylum seeker and her eight-year-old daughter from Russia although they had both been registered by the agency as persons in need of international protection.

Haiti: UN to help local authorities fight rash of child kidnappings

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has vowed to help local authorities fight a resurgence in the kidnapping of young children, three of whom were found murdered in the past two weeks.

UN refugee agency resumes repatriation of Liberian refugees by sea

After a five-month hiatus caused by a ship breakdown, the United Nations refugee agency has resumed repatriating Liberians by sea this week, sending more than 200 refugees back to their homeland from neighbouring Nigeria and Ghana.