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UN calls for release of its three abducted workers in Afghanistan

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today issued an impassioned appeal for the immediate release of three international workers who were abducted on 28 October.

New European Constitution should offer chance to boost cooperation with UN – Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the signing of a new Treaty on Europe's Constitution, voicing hope that the document will offer new opportunities to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union (EU).

New contingents arrive in Haiti to join UN peacekeeping force

Troops from Sri Lanka, Spain and Guatemala have arrived in Haiti to join the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) currently working to maintain security and foster a democratic political transition in the strife-torn Caribbean country.

UN official says Kosovo's police key to preserving democracy and human rights

A senior United Nations official today told the latest graduating class of Kosovo's multiethnic police force that they were responsible for advancing the goals of peace and democracy.

Refugee returns gain momentum as Liberians head home from Guinea – UN

The return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes in Liberia is set to get a boost in momentum when the first convoy of returnees from Guinea arrives over the weekend, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN officials welcome Southeast Asian agreement on human trafficking

United Nations officials today hailed the signing of a cooperation agreement by six Southeast Asian countries to tackle the scourge of human trafficking.

UN forces deploy across Liberian capital after rioters spark violence

United Nations forces have deployed across the capital of Liberia to restore calm after sectarian violence sparked widespread looting and destruction.

Economic and Social Council elects 16 new members to serve until end of 2007

The 54 members of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for next year have been decided after the General Assembly this week completed its annual elections for a third of the line-up of the development coordinating body.

UN mission in Haiti shares NGO goal of boosting human rights, chief says

The head of the United Nations mission in Haiti has met the leaders of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking to improve human rights in the Caribbean country to explain the UN's efforts towards the same goal.

UN envoy for Iraq hears briefing on situation in Fallujah

The United Nations envoy for Iraq today met with a delegation of religious, tribal and civil society leaders from Fallujah for a briefing on the situation in the troubled city.