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50,000th Myanmar refugee leaves Thailand for new life in US, UN reports

An ethnic Karenni schoolteacher is the 50,000th refugee from Myanmar sheltering in Thailand who has left to begin a new life in the United States, marking a milestone for the world’s largest resettlement operation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) announced today.

UN lauds Tanzania’s decision to give refugees more time to return home

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania’s decision to allow more time for some 36,000 Burundian refugees who have been living in the country since the 1990s to make their way back to their homeland.

Despite mission’s withdrawal, UN to continue engagement in Georgia – Ban

In spite of the start of the withdrawal of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed that the world body will remain engaged in the region.

Afghanistan: UN envoy sees potential to end conflict amid ‘complex’ situation

The current situation in Afghanistan – marked by the most intense fighting in years, and upcoming presidential polls – is extremely complex, but if managed well could also become a turning point in ending the conflict, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.

General Assembly condemns coup in Honduras

The General Assembly today condemned this weekend’s coup d’état in Honduras, calling for the restoration of the democratically-elected President and constitutional Government.

Over 170,000 Somalis uprooted by clashes in capital since May, UN reports

More than 170,000 people have been displaced from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since early May when fresh fighting broke out began between Government forces and insurgents, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.

Timor-Leste police take over duties from UN in second district

Police in another district in Timor-Leste have taken over law enforcement duties from the United Nations, it was announced today.

Ensuring quality education among challenges for Syria, UNICEF chief says

Syria has made advances in achieving globally agreed development targets related to women and children, but still faces challenges in ensuring quality education, according to the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Africa’s food crisis must not be forgotten amid global economic woes – UN trade body

The governing body of the United Nations trade and development agency has convened a meeting today in Geneva to highlight the need to keep the food crisis affecting Africa from being forgotten as governments focus on tackling the global economic downturn.

Darfur’s rebel movements ready to resume peace talks, UN-AU official says

A number of armed rebel movements in Darfur say they are ready to resume peace talks with the Sudanese Government, the African Union-United Nations official tasked with promoting dialogue between the two sides says.