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Narrow window of opportunity opens to avert potential Africa locust plague - UN

The period between now and the end of February is crucial for a well coordinated locust control campaign to protect crops in North Africa and reduce the risk of swarms reinvading sub-Saharan countries next summer in the worst upsurge of the scourge in 15 years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN health agency reinstates two de-listed AIDS antiretroviral drugs

The United Nations health agency is reinstating two generic AIDS antiretroviral drugs it de-listed earlier this year after the Indian manufacturer carried out new studies to confirm that the medicines, widely used in developing countries, are as effective as their brand-name counterparts.

Iranian Kurd refugees in central Iraq camp face bleak conditions - UN

Nearly 3,000 Iranian Kurds in a camp in central Iraq, cut off for the past two weeks from outside help because of fighting in the region, are facing bleak conditions with no water or electricity although food has reached them, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Brazilian soccer star Kaká takes aim at world hunger as UN ambassador

Brazilian goal-scoring soccer star Kaká, whose astonishing performance at the age of 22 helped AC Milan win Italy’s national championship last season, will now take aim at an even more difficult goal as the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) youngest Ambassador Against Hunger.

UN, partners seek $1.5 billion in urgent aid for war-torn Sudan for 2005

The United Nations and its partners in Sudan today appealed for $1.5 billion in urgent aid for 2005, more than double this year’s amount, including $600 million for life-saving and sustaining activities in the strife-torn western Darfur region, which the international organization has called the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis.

Renewed violence in eastern DR of Congo threatens relief operations - UN

The targeting of humanitarian organizations in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed militias, including violent attacks and looting, could cause serious disruption of relief operations, according to the latest update by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Myanmar: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other prisoners should be freed - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the authorities in Myanmar to seize the momentum created by recent announcements that some 9,000 prisoners will be released to also free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others jailed for expressing their political beliefs.

UN envoy urges Israel to 'grab' Syria's outstretched hand for talks

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East today became the first UN official to appear before the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, and urged the country to "grab the outstretched hand" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resume peace negotiations without preconditions.

Security Council mission both heartened and wary on peace prospects for Central Africa

The United Nations Security Council mission to Central Africa has returned home heartened by the progress made in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, but fully aware of the considerable difficulties on the road ahead, its leader said today.

Security Council sets up Trust Fund for donations to protect UN presence in Iraq

The Security Council today established a Trust Fund for donations to finance a protection force for the United Nations presence in Iraq.