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Iraq: top UN envoy speaks out against attacks on journalists

Strongly condemning attacks against media representatives in Iraq, a top United Nations envoy today deplored the assassination of a journalist in the war-torn nation.

Surge in number of people crossing sea to Italy from Libya, UN reports

There has been a sharp increase in the number of people crossing the sea from Libya to Italy this week, with over 1,000 people arriving after making the hazardous journey across the Strait of Sicily, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

UN refugee chief to head to Uganda and Tanzania

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will embark on an 8-day mission next week to Uganda and Tanzania to assess the situation of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Lebanon: European mariners take the wheel of UN coastal fleet

A European naval group today took command of United Nations peacekeeping’s first-ever maritime task force (MTF), which was deployed off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 to curtail arms smuggling following that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah.

Afghanistan: UN rushes aid as livestock sector hit hard by extreme cold

The harshest winter weather conditions in nearly three decades has devastated Afghanistan's livestock – with over 300,000 animals dying since last December – and the United Nations is providing support by sending some 80 tons of feed to the hardest-hit farmers.

Bosnian court jails two former guards after referral from UN war crimes tribunal

Two Bosnian Serb guards who persecuted non-Serbs at a prison camp during the Balkan wars of the 1990s have been convicted and sentenced to jail by a national court in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the case was transferred from the jurisdiction of a United Nations war crimes tribunal.

Latest Eritrean obstruction of relocation efforts strands over 100 blue helmets

Eritrea's latest obstruction of the efforts by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to temporarily relocate across the border in Ethiopia have resulted in more than 100 blue helmets being stranded inside the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between the two Horn of Africa nations.

Fuel allowed into Gaza, but other crossings still closed, say UN officials

One border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip was opened for fuel today, allowing 400,000 litres to enter Gaza, but the three crossings for humanitarian and commercial goods remain closed, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported.

UN says refugees fleeing new attacks in Darfur, many to dangerous area of Chad

As West Darfur continues to be scourged by a new wave of air and ground attacks, the United Nations refugee agency estimated today that more than 13,000 Sudanese have fled to a remote area of Chad that is beset by its own inter-ethnic strife.

Timor-Leste: UN welcomes apprehension of alleged associates of rebel leader

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has welcomed the arrest and detention of five people wanted in connection with the activities of the late rebel commander Alfredo Reinado, who was killed earlier this month during the attack on President Jose Ramos-Horta.