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Pakistan: lack of funds may force UN agency to ground vital quake aid choppers

Little more than three weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to ground its relief helicopters, the sole lifeline for hundreds of thousands of survivors cut off by landslides, within the next two weeks due to lack of funds to fly them, the agency warned today.

UN Population Fund sets up programme for mothers in drought-stricken Niger

A new programme will help pregnant and nursing women in Niger, a drought-stricken, locust-ravaged West African country with one of the world’s highest maternal death rates, with food and anti-malarial supplies, as well as safe child delivery services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says.

Security Council unanimously calls on Syria to detain suspects in Hariri murder

The United Nation Security Council today unanimously called on Syria to detain Syrian suspects identified by an independent probe into the terrorist assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and clarify all unresolved issues, holding out the possibility of "further action" in the case of non-compliance.

Sudan: UN condemns reported killing of de-miners by Ugandan rebels

The United Nations special envoy to Sudan condemned the killing of two de-miners working for a Swiss group in an alleged ambush in South Sudan today by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

Annan urges Bolivian political parties to resolve differences quickly and hold elections

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all social and political sectors of Bolivia to reach a solution to the political impasse so they can hold elections as planned on 26 December, his spokesman said.

UN, partners to convene conference aimed at forging global approach to bird flu

Several United Nations agencies and their partners will be holding a special conference next week in Switzerland to discuss a worldwide concerted approach to deal with the threat of an avian flu pandemic, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

UN peacekeeping mission aids DR of Congo national army to move rebels from east

As the national army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began a two-week operation today to clear thousands of heavily armed Rwandan Hutu rebels from the densely forested Virunga National Park in the east, the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUC) took up positions to secure the cleared areas.

UN nuclear watchdog reviews anti-terrorism action, verification in general report

Few activities of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have undergone so major an expansion in so short a period as its security programme against nuclear terrorism, but at the same time the array of challenges facing it in the area of non-proliferation is unprecedented, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei told the General Assembly today.

Annan calls for comprehensive aid to post-civil war Central African Republic

With Central African Republic (CAR) "gradually returning to a path of peace, economic recovery, reconstruction and sustainable development," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for comprehensive joint assistance from the country's development partners.

Security Council condemns weekend terrorist bombings in New Delhi

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the series of deadly bomb attacks that shook New Delhi, India, on Saturday and urged all countries to cooperate with the country's authorities to bring those responsible to justice.