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Attack on AIDS antiretroviral therapy wrong, misleading and dangerous – UN

United Nations agencies have condemned as wrong, misleading, irresponsible and dangerous a recent advertising campaign that both touts the benefits of vitamin therapy over antiretroviral therapy in treating HIV/AIDS and claims that antiretroviral therapy is toxic.

UN shines attention on fighting human trafficking in Europe and Asia

United Nations agencies cast a spotlight today on fighting human trafficking at opposite ends of the Earth, warning that the root causes are not being adequately addressed in South Eastern Europe while praising government moves in Southeast Asia to forge a concrete, detailed strategy to combat the problem.

Former Soviet states must move speedily to confront HIV/AIDS – Annan

With 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of former Soviet nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a coordinated response from all sectors of society and leadership at every level are vital to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General told a regional meeting today.

UN Development Programme co-sponsors first AFRASIA Business Council

With African exports to Asia having increased markedly in a decade, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped to launch the AFRASIA Business Council (AABC) in Mauritius to help local entrepreneurs across the continent take greater advantage of global opportunities.

Nigeria may delay pilot project for marking boundary with Cameroon, UN says

The work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission marking the boundary between the two West African countries could be delayed because Nigeria "regrettably" has decided to skip verification of the line in a village in the pilot project, the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said today.

Angolan outbreak of Marburg disease sets death toll record: UN health agency

The death toll from Marburg virus in Angola has already surpassed the largest number of fatalities ever recorded during an outbreak of this rare but highly lethal haemorrhagic disease with epidemic potential, the United Nations health agency announced today.

Annan welcomes rebel Rwandan force's intention to return home from DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a statement by Rwanda's main rebel group that it condemns the 1994 genocide in that country, renounces the use of force and will disarm, return peacefully to Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and cooperate with the international justice system.

UN envoy on Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon leaves tonight for new talks

The United Nations envoy seeking the withdrawal of thousands of Syrian troops from Lebanon is set to leave for the region tonight with personal messages from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.

UN war crimes tribunal grants Bosnian Serb early release

A Bosnian Serb camp officer sentenced to seven years' jail by a United Nations war crimes tribunal for his role in what was described as "a hellish orgy of persecutions" has been released after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

UN issues charge letter against official faulted in Iraq Oil-for-Food probe

The United Nations has issued a charge letter against the head of its internal watchdog office, based on an adverse finding against him in the report of an independent committee probing alleged misconduct and mismanagement in the UN Oil-for-Food Programme for Iraq, a spokesman said today.