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Pakistan: Ban condemns 'heinous' attack outside food aid centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack that took place on Saturday outside a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in north-west Pakistan that reportedly killed 45 people and injured many others.

Humanitarian needs growing as more Ivorians flee into Liberia, warns UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said it has registered 14,000 Ivorians who fled their country for Liberia amid the post-electoral crisis, and warned that humanitarian needs are growing both for the mostly women and children refugees and for the villagers hosting them.

UN chief appalled by deadly violence in Nigeria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the deadly violence that broke out in parts of Nigeria in recent days and reportedly killed at least 30 people and injured more than 70 others.

UN hopes for peaceful solution to Ivorian crisis, stresses peacekeeping chief

United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy has called on Laurent Gbagbo to keep his pledge not to resort to violence as the stand-off with his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized by the international community as the winner of Côte d'Ivoire's presidential election, continues.

UN-African mission voices concern over ongoing Darfur clashes

The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) voiced grave concern today over the ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and rebel movements in the strife-torn region.

UN experts welcome entry into force of treaty on enforced disappearance

A landmark treaty to deter enforced disappearances entered into force today with United Nations experts tasked with assisting families determine the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared urging States to ensure the eradication of the crime by bringing those responsible to justice.

Land degradation among China’s food supply challenges, says UN expert

While China has made great economic and social progress in recent years, land degradation and the widening income gap between rural and urban are posing challenges to ensuring the right to food for its population, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.

Israeli demolitions traumatic for Palestinian children, says UN official

A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of two refugee homes in East Jerusalem, stressing in particular the trauma caused to Palestinian children forced to witness their homes being destroyed.

Asia-Pacific exports and imports grow at robust pace, UN reports

Powered by China, the Asia-Pacific region posted a growth rate of some 20 per cent in both exports and imports in 2010 despite “murky” protectionist steps by developed countries, and is expected to grow at a robust, if slower, pace in 2011, according to a United Nations report issued today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns post-electoral abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll.