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Hailed as leader, reformer, Annan named for 2nd term as UN Secretary-General

Six months before the end of his current mandate, Kofi Annan, a native of Ghana, was unanimously appointed today by the General Assembly for a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Republic of Korea to host first ever tobacco-free World Cup, UN health agency says

South Korea will ensure a tobacco-free 2002 World Cup when the event kicks off on 31 May 2002, which is also the United Nations-designated World 'No Tobacco' Day, the UN health agency announced today.

After four-week sea odyssey, Liberian refugees seek asylum in Lagos: UN agency

Most of the 156 Liberian passengers on board a ship that docked last week in Lagos after a month-long odyssey at sea have indicated that they are seeking asylum in Nigeria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which completed the first day of interviews with the group on Wednesday.

Despite disagreements over Kyoto, industry acts to fight global warming: UNEP

Voluntary actions by industry, governments and organizations are leading to small but significant reductions in emissions of global warming gases worldwide, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Energy Council (WEC) said today.

UN Foundation to accept contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The United Nations Foundation today announced details of how individuals can donate money to the Global AIDS and Health Fund - first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan - which earlier this week received the full backing of the United Nations General Assembly.

Foiled coup in Central African Republic displaces over 75,000 people: UN agency

More than 75,000 people have fled their homes in the Central African Republic following a failed coup attempt last month that triggered a government crackdown on the opposition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Top UN official in Kosovo appeals for resources to fund return of Kosovo Serbs

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today appealed to international donors for resources for the "safe and sustainable return of Kosovo Serbs" to the province.

UN envoy reports Israeli commitment to suspend overflights in Lebanon

Calling it a "positive decision," a United Nations envoy in the Middle East today reported that Israel had confirmed its commitment to immediately suspend flights over Lebanese territory.

Former jurist pleads not guilty to genocide charges at UN tribunal for Rwanda

A former Deputy Prosecutor from Rwanda today pleaded not guilty to genocide charges in his initial appearance before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania.

Security Council calls for end to hostilities in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today called for an immediate suspension of hostilities in Burundi and for the armed groups to enter into negotiations.