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UN agency sets up regional Asian networks to better fight deadly bird flu

With bird flu continuing to pose a serious threat after killing almost two dozen people and ravaging Asia's domestic poultry earlier this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced a series of regional veterinary networks to better battle the virus.

Afghanistan: More than half million refugees return so far this year - UN

More than half a million Afghans have gone home from Iran and Pakistan so far this year, bringing the number of returnees since 2002 to over 3 million out of the 4.6 million estimated to have fled decades of war and violence in their homeland, the UN refugee agency reported today.

Annan condemns hostage-taking after 2 Pakistanis killed in Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his condemnation of all hostage-takings and acts of violence against innocent civilians following the killing of two Pakistani nationals Thursday in Iraq.

Sudan must act on Darfur in 30 days or face measures, Security Council warns

The Security Council today adopted a resolution paving the way for action against Sudan in 30 days if it does not make progress on pledges to disarm the militias accused of indiscriminate murders, rapes and other attacks against civilians in the Darfur region – a move that was immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Secretary-General condemns terrorist bombings in Uzbek capital

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his dismay at a series of bombings in Uzbekistan against the United States and Israeli embassies, as well as the office of the country’s prosecutor.

Breastfeeding can save over 1 million lives yearly, UNICEF reports

If more infants worldwide are given only mother’s milk and no food or formula until the age of six months, at least 1.3 million lives could be saved this year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Annan’s summit on troubled Côte d’Ivoire meets for an extra day

A summit convened in Ghana by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to try to heal the bitter divisions in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire met for an extra day today, holding closed-door talks on the West African country’s constitution with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra.

UN disaster team deployed to flood-stricken Bangladesh

The United Nations has deployed a disaster team to Bangladesh to help the country respond to devastating floods that have affected more than 30 million people, including many who have lost their homes and are in urgent need of provisions.

With ‘hunger season’ approaching in Haiti, UN urges aid and better farming

Upcoming harvests in Haiti are expected to fail, prompting experts to call for food aid as well as new farming techniques and crop diversity in the drought-stricken northwestern part of the country, the United Nations said today.

In possible boon to refugees, UN study finds signs of water sources in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that a just-completed ground-breaking study indicates there may be hidden water sources under eastern Chad, a potential solution to the serious water shortages in an area home to about 200,000 Sudanese who fled there from their country’s troubled Darfur region.