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Trial of four Rwandan officials on genocide charges opens before UN tribunal

The trial of four senior Rwandan officials has opened before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), with the prosecution saying it will prove that they bear individual criminal responsibility for the 1994 genocide and defense lawyers saying their clients are innocent.

Kosovo: UN reports unconfirmed potential threat against international entities

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said today it had received information that an unconfirmed potential threat was made against international establishments there.

Humanitarian aid to Liberia passes two milestones – UN’s OCHA says

For the first time in more than a decade central Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, has electricity and the airfield in Voinjama, a distant border town, is back in use, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Veteran aid official named Director of UN Millennium Development Goals Campaign

A veteran official of aid and development programmes has been named to help lead the United Nations effort to promote action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets agreed to by world leaders in 2000 aimed at halving global poverty, boosting children’s education and fighting diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, by 2015.

Draft protocol on “explosive remnants of war” adopted at UN in Geneva

A new draft protocol designed to ensure that the unexploded weapons left behind at the end of an armed conflict are cleared away was adopted by 92 countries today at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

Liberia: UN condemns walkout at disarmament meeting

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today strongly condemned a walkout staged by various factional leaders at the first meeting of the country's National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.

UN plans new human rights field office in Guatemala

Anticipating the planned withdrawal of a United Nations mission in Guatemala, the world body's top human rights office today announced plans to establish a field presence in the country to protect against abuses there.

UN nuclear watchdog deplores Iran’s breaches, warns of action on future violations

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency today strongly deplored Iran’s past breaches of a safeguards agreement aimed at preventing the development of nuclear weapons and, while welcoming Tehran’s recent cooperation, warned that further serious failures would bring an immediate response.

Hunger increasing around the world after earlier decline - UN food agency

With almost 850 million people undernourished, global hunger is again rising after dropping during the early 1990s, the United Nations food agency says in its annual hunger report.

$25 million needed to save great apes from extinction, UN agencies say

Humankind’s closest living relatives, the great apes, are on the brink of extinction and $25 million is urgently needed to lift the threat, a United Nations sponsored crisis meeting was told today.