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East Timor to sign key international treaties, including UN Charter, upon independence

In another key move before independence next month, East Timor's leaders today selected eight international treaties - including the United Nations Charter - for signature immediately upon nationhood.

Awaiting formal reply on Jenin, Annan says UN did all to meet Israeli concerns

Amid press reports that Israel would reject a United Nations fact-finding team to the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was awaiting formal notification of Israel’s decision and stressed that the UN had done everything to meet the country’s concerns.

400,000 Afghans repatriated over last two months, UN refugee agency reports

Two months after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched an assistance programme for returning Afghans, more than 400,000 people have travelled home to Afghanistan, the agency reported today.

Annan 'minded to disband' Jenin mission, UN official tells Security Council

With recent decisions by Israel signalling that the United Nations will not be able to deploy a fact-finding mission to Jenin with the country's cooperation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is "minded to disband" the team, which has been working in Geneva while awaiting the green light to travel to the Middle East, a senior UN official told the Security Council today.

Israeli blockages still hampering aid delivery to Palestinians, UN agencies say

Israeli checkpoints and other blockages are hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the occupied Palestinian territories, representatives of key United Nations aid agencies working in the Middle East said today.

UN mission investigates possible fraud by Kosovo energy company

The United Nations mission in Kosovo today said it was investigating possible fraud by the province's energy company, involving €4.5 million (euros) of international aid money used to import electricity.

UN warns of worsening humanitarian situation in DPR of Korea

The already severe humanitarian crisis in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will worsen dramatically within weeks unless the international community pledges more aid immediately, the United Nations warned today.

UNHCR concerned at reports of stowaways being denied hearing in European ports

The United Nations refugee agency today urged European countries to sort out the case of a pair of stowaways who, in an apparent attempt to seek asylum, have been travelling from port to port aboard a cargo ship for more than two weeks.

UN honours peacekeepers killed in the line of duty

The United Nations has honoured the nationals of 37 countries who had lost their lives while serving with UN peacekeeping missions.

DR of Congo: UN-backed 'Convoy of Hope' sets sail to bring aid to Oriental Province

A convoy of barges carrying desperately needed aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Oriental Province has set sail from Kinshasa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.