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Security Council calls on Israel, Palestinians to end violence immediately

The Security Council on Sunday called on Israel and the Palestinians to immediately end all violence, as Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket attacks by militants in Gaza reportedly killed 270 people and wounded more than 600 in the Strip.

Ban appeals for peaceful conduct of Bangladesh's parliamentary polls

On the eve of Bangladesh’s “highly significant” parliamentary polls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for a peaceful electoral process in the South Asian nation, which has been beset by political violence and polarization in recent years.

Secretary-General urges immediate halt to renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday appealed for an immediate halt to the renewed violence in the Middle East, after Israeli air strikes – in response to ongoing rocket attacks by Palestinian militants – reportedly killed at least 150 people in Gaza.

Partnership between UN and Lebanese army stressed during President’s visit

The close cooperation between United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Army in ensuring peace and security in the country’s southern region was stressed today during a visit by President Michel Suleiman to the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura.

Record drug seizure carried out by UN-trained team in Tajikistan

Tajik officials trained by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have seized some 560 kilogrammes of hashish and heroin in the single biggest bust in the Central Asian nation’s history.

Somalia: UN agencies launch campaign to boost child survival

United Nations agencies in Somalia have launched a multi-million dollar campaign aimed at reaching more than 1.5 million children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age across the strife-torn nation with critical interventions to improve child survival rates.

UN medical supplies arrive in Zimbabwe as cholera deaths top 1,500

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing local hospitals in Zimbabwe with critical medical supplies and money to treat pregnant women, amid a collapsing health system and the worst cholera outbreak in the sub-Saharan African country's history which has now claimed over 1,500 lives.

Independent probe into Bhutto assassination may be set up soon, Ban says

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he hoped an independent Commission of Inquiry into the circumstance of the killing of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated one year ago, could be established soon.

Some supplies allowed into Gaza as Israel opens crossings, UN reports

More than 105 truckloads of food and medical supplies were allowed to enter Gaza today after Israel opened border crossings that had been closed for over a week, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported.

Ugandan rebels said to massacre civilians in eastern DR Congo, UN rushes in troops

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today rushed a company of Government army troops to the north-east of the vast country, following reliable reports that elements of the Ugandan rebel Lord''s Resistance Army (LRA) had massacred at least 15 villagers.