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UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina extended for 3 days; US vetoes longer term

After the United States had vetoed a move to extend the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) until the end of this year, the Security Council this evening approved a three-day extension of the Mission's mandate, which was due to expire at midnight on 30 June.

Liberia: abducted nurses reported safe, might be released soon, UN refugee agency says

Five nurses abducted last week by Liberian rebels were reported safe and might be released soon, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

East Timor prosecutor issues new indictments, including one for 1999 murder of local UN staff

The East Timor prosecutor's office has issued four indictments for crimes against humanity committed in 1999, including the murder of two local United Nations employees after the popular consultation that year.

UN health agency seeks $1.2 million to tackle disfiguring disease rampant in Afghanistan

Seeking to tackle a disfiguring disease that afflicts hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed for $1.2 million to fund the effort.

Following UN-Iraq talks in Vienna, Annan to visit South Africa, Nigeria and the Sudan

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will travel to three African countries next week following his high-level talks with Iraqi officials in Vienna, set to open on 4 July.

Explosions in southern Afghanistan damage nearby UN installations

United Nations offices in southern Afghanistan suffered damages and one UN staff member was injured after an ammunition dump exploded last night and this morning in Kandahar.

Chair of Security Council sanctions committee assesses peace process in Sierra Leone

The chairman of the United Nations Security Council sanctions committee on Sierra Leone arrived today in the capital, Freetown, to assess the current peace process and political developments in the country.

UN agency dispatches team to confirm report of Senegalese refugees fleeing into Gambia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has dispatched a team to Gambia to check on reports that some 1,000 people have crossed its border from southern Senegal following renewed clashes between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels.

Spermicide ingredient ineffective in preventing HIV infection, UN health agency reports

Spermicides containing the popular ingredient nonoxynol-9 do not protect against HIV infection and women using these products frequently may even increase their risk of contracting the virus, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN expert stresses need for impartial judges on International Criminal Court

On the eve of the formal creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) - the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal - a United Nations expert today stressed the need to select unbiased judges to serve on the new body.