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Alarmed by Middle East fighting, Security Council calls for halt to cycle of violence

Increasingly concerned at the unprecedented levels of violence and the steadily worsening situation in the Middle East, United Nations Security Council members have called for an immediate halt to the “destructive and dangerous cycle of violence.”

FAO launches $1.25 million appeal to aid victims of Congo volcano

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for $1.25 million to help people affected by the volcanic eruption two weeks ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Afghanistan: UN reports modest security improvement in Kandahar

Kandahar, a city in the troubled southern region of Afghanistan, has seen modest improvements in its security situation, United Nations relief officials said today.

UN envoy 'optimistic' about ongoing Cyprus talks

Alvaro de Soto, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser on Cyprus - who is present during the ongoing talks in Nicosia - has expressed optimism regarding their potential for success, while cautioning that much work lies ahead.

UN agencies urge stepped-up global response to infectious diseases

As senior government officials, key policy-makers and influential business leaders from across the globe gather in New York for the World Economic Forum, several United Nations agencies are gearing up to launch a major report urging a stepped-up global response to infectious diseases.

UN health agency puts biomedical research on web for developing countries

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today made one of the largest collections of biomedical literature available on the Internet - a move which put critical research at the fingertips of thousands of doctors, policy-makers and other professionals in some 70 developing countries.

Indicted Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect transferred to UN tribunal

Following his voluntary surrender, Dusan Fustar, a Bosnian Serb who has been indicted for war crimes, was transferred today to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

UN relief agency launches $117 million appeal to help Palestine refugees

Responding to deteriorating conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following 16 months of strife, closures and sanctions, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today appealed for $117 million for its emergency operations this year.

East Timor: Mandate of UN mission extended until territory's 20 May independence

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until 20 May, the territory's date of independence.

Annan, General Assembly President issue call to heed Olympic Truce

One week before the start of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and the President of the UN General Assembly today called for warring parties to put down their weapons on behalf of the athletes participating in the quadrennial competition.