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Security Council extends UN Interim Force in Lebanon through January 2002

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) through the end of January, 2002, while calling for a continued reconfiguration of the Force in response to prevailing conditions.

Abkhazia, Georgia: Security Council urges steps to break impasse, extends UN mission

With the situation in the conflict zone in Abkhazia deteriorating, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for six months, through January, 2002.

Top UN rights official 'deeply dismayed' over Israeli attack in Nablus

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today expressed "deep dismay" over the escalating violence in the occupied territories following an Israeli attack in the town of Nablus which left at least eight people dead, including two children.

During six-nation trip in August, Annan to open UN anti-racism forum in Durban

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will open the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance next month in Durban, South Africa, during a trip that will take him to six countries in Europe and Africa, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

One year after its launch, 'Global Compact' is making inroads, UN official says

One year after Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched his Global Compact - an initiative to encourage business and labour to respect standards relating to the environment, employment laws and human rights - the effort was "making great inroads in many quarters," a senior United Nations official told reporters in New York today.

Probe completed into handling of videotape by UN force in Lebanon

A senior United Nations official has completed his investigation into the handling of a controversial videotape that may relate to last year's kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN tribunal sentences former Bosnian police chief to 10 years in prison

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today sentenced a former police chief to ten years' imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in 1992 and 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sierra Leone: village chiefs aid disarmament effort in Kono, UN reports

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today reported that the rate of disarmament in the diamond-rich district of Kono had increased thanks to help from traditional leaders.

UN refugee agency delivers aid to 25,000 Central Africans in DR of Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today completed the first phase of an emergency airlift of relief supplies to more than 25,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) located in the north-western town of Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Iraq earns additional $252 million under UN 'oil-for-food' programme

Exporting 12 million barrels of crude over the past week, Iraq has earned an additional €287 million (euros), or $252 million, under the "oil-for-food" programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief.