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Sudan: top envoy misquoted on ICC, says UN mission

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan said today that the world body's top envoy to the African nation has not made remarks about the International Criminal Court (ICC) attributed to him by newspapers in Khartoum.

Timor-Leste making good progress despite this year’s challenges, stresses UN envoy

Timor-Leste has made good progress towards peace and stability after the violent attacks in February that almost claimed the life of its President, a senior United Nations envoy to the tiny South-East Asian nation the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002 stressed today.

Serbia’s only asylum centre now in Government hands after UN transfer

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over Serbia’s only facility housing asylum-seekers to the Government, marking the final step in the transfer of responsibility from the agency, which was the sole body dealing with this group for over 30 years.

General Assembly approves nearly 17 per cent increase in current UN budget

The United Nations General Assembly today approved an almost 17 per cent increase in the current United Nations budget for the 2008/2009 period to $4.87 billion from $4.17 billion, including nearly $500 million for the next six months for peacekeeping operations in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region.

UNICEF calls for crackdown on albino murders in Tanzania

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling for concerted action to end the recent spate of murders of albinos in Tanzania and bring perpetrators to justice.

Ban calls on Hamas to immediately end rocket attacks on Israel

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Hamas to ensure an immediate end to rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and urged all parties to work urgently to ease humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, including the continuous flow of needed supplies.

Pakistani doctors arrive in Darfur to boost UN-AU force, set up hospital for civilians

The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan got a boost with the arrival of 156 military personnel from Pakistan, including 29 doctors and paramedics, bringing advanced medical expertise and equipment as well as logistics and administrative experts.

Ban hails move by creditor nations to cancel nearly $8 billion in Iraqi debt

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the decision of the 19-member Paris Club of nations to cancel the remaining 20 per cent of Iraq's debt from the Saddam Hussein era – amounting to $7.8 billion – and called on other creditors to take similar action to help the country rebuild its economy.

UN investigating alleged sexual misconduct of peacekeepers in DR of Congo

The United Nations is investigation allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its peacekeepers stationed in the war-ravaged North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Germany files suit against Italy in UN World Court on war reparations claims

Germany has filed a complaint against Italy at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Italian judgments awarding damages to victims of Nazi war crimes on the grounds that it has already paid reparations under international treaties with Italy.