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UN envoy strongly condemns murder of Somali radio director

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly condemned the murder of radio director Abukar Mohamed Kadaf, who was shot dead last night in the capital, Mogadishu, and called on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Global tea prices set to stay strong this year, says UN agency

Global tea prices are set to stay strong through 2012, with demand driven by growth in Asia, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Syria: Ban and new envoy Annan discuss ways to resolve crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan have held talks today to discuss how the newly appointed Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria can help to end the deadly violence gripping the country and find a peaceful political solution.

International Criminal Court to deliver its first verdict next month

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced today that next month it will deliver its first ever verdict, issuing a judgment in the war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese man accused of participating in the recruitment of child soldiers.

DPR Korea: UN nuclear agency calls US announcement ‘important step’

The United Nations atomic watchdog has called today’s announcement by the United States about the results of its talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the latter country’s nuclear programme “an important step forward.”

UN envoy confident Libya can overcome challenges and pursue democracy

The top United Nations envoy to Libya today expressed confidence that the North African nation will be able to overcome current difficulties and pursue the path towards the goals it committed itself to when the popular uprising began a year ago.

UN backs initiative that would allow female soccer players to wear headscarves

A top United Nations official expressed support today for an initiative that would allow female soccer players to wear a headscarf, also known as a hijab, while on the field, stressing that every person should have the right to enjoy the world’s most popular sport regardless of their gender, race or religious beliefs.

UN appoints senior officials to help finish work of war crimes tribunals

The Security Council today appointed a prosecutor for the mechanism set up in 2010 to finish the remaining tasks of the United Nations war crimes tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda when their mandates expire, while Secretary-Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of the body’s president.

Gunmen kill blue helmet serving with UN-AU mission in Darfur

A peacekeeper serving with the joint United Nations-African Union operation in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region has been killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed a patrol earlier today.

Ban appoints prosecutor and judge for UN-backed tribunal for Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Norman Farrell of Canada as the prosecutor of the United Nations-backed independent tribunal set up to try those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.