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Security Council condemns attempted coup d'état in Central African Republic

Members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned the attempted coup d'état in the Central African Republic, and urged the perpetrators to return to the constitutional order.

General Assembly condemns acts of violence against religious sites

The General Assembly today condemned all acts or threats of violence, destruction, damage or endangerment against religious sites, as it adopted a resolution on the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations.

Annan "profoundly saddened" by death of Palestinian official Faisal al-Husseini

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was "profoundly saddened" by the sudden death of Palestinian leader Faisal al-Husseini, who died of a heart attack in Kuwait.

On a trip to US capital, Annan will urge business leaders to join anti-AIDS fight

Secretary-General Kofi Annan travelled to Washington, D.C. today to bring his rallying cry against AIDS to key leaders of the United States business community.

FYR of Macedonia: UNHCR concerned over plight of civilians affected by fighting

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the plight of civilians affected by the ongoing hostilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

UN Assembly approves extension of Mary Robinson's appointment as rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly today approved the extension of Mary Robinson's appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Ready to begin work in Iraq, UN weapons inspectors await green light

United Nations weapons experts are set to begin field operations in Iraq as soon as they receive a green light to enter the country, according to a new report by the head of the inspections team.

Sierra Leone: RUF hands over more weapons to UN mission

The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has returned weapons and military equipment seized last year from United Nations peacekeepers, the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said today.

Upcoming General Assembly session to address global lack of adequate shelter

A special meeting of the General Assembly on human settlements set to open next week will confront the world's growing homelessness and lack of adequate shelter, according to a key United Nations official associated with the event.

On World No-Tobacco Day, UN health agency urges ban on public smoking

Seizing the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day, traditionally marked on 31 May to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, the United Nations health agency today sent out a message that "second-hand smoke kills" and urged a ban on smoking in public places.