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UN refugee chief urges sustained support for Kyrgyzstan’s displaced

The top United Nations refugee official today urged the international community not to forget the plight of the thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan, as he continued his visit to the Central Asian nation.

UNESCO chief decries murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Faiz Mohammad Khan Sasoli and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

Security Council expands mandate of UN force in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council today expanded the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, in an effort to strengthen its capacity to consolidate stability in the West African country, and extended the term of the mission until the end of this year.

UN war crimes tribunal ends case involving late Bosnian Muslim army chief

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia terminated appellate proceedings today against the former head of Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, who had died in April.

UN’s focus in DR Congo remains civilian protection, Ban says on eve of mission change

As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) transforms into a stabilization force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the world body’s main priority of protecting civilians will continue.

UN training builds up professionalism of police officers in southern Sudan

Freshly graduated from a United Nations training programme, 100 police officers are ready to protect the people of Warrap state in southern Sudan from insecurity, mainly in the form of cattle raiding and looting.

Ban to visit Jamaica to participate in Caribbean regional summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Jamaica this weekend to attend a Caribbean summit and discuss regional efforts to try to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations announced today.

Experienced legal campaigner to head UN-backed crime probe in Guatemala

A renowned Costa Rican advocate against organized crime has been chosen as the next head of the United Nations-backed commission charged with dismantling illegal armed groups and tackling impunity in Guatemala.

General Assembly President meets Ecuadorian leader on final leg of trip

The global efforts to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were at the centre of talks today between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.

Haiti: Ban welcomes setting of date for presidential polls

Haitian President René Préval has set 28 November as the date for the people of the earthquake-devastated nation to vote for his successor, a move welcomed today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.