Refugees from Pemba and Zanzibar islands will go back if tensions ease: UNHCR

Tanzanian refugees who fled to Kenya from the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar have told the United Nations refugee agency that they would be ready to return home if talks between the Government and the opposition lead to a joint declaration that would ease tensions on the islands, agency officials said today.

UN General Assembly elects two additional judges for Rwanda war crimes tribunal

The United Nations General Assembly today elected two additional judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Sierra Leone: UN peacekeepers give free medical treatment to villagers

The medical unit of a United Nations peacekeeping battalion in Sierra Leone provided more than 4,000 villagers with free medical assistance over the weekend, the UN mission announced today in Freetown.

Kenya: three locally hired UNHCR staff plead 'not guilty' to extortion charges

Three staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today pleaded "not guilty" to charges that they had extorted money from refugees seeking resettlement in Kenya.

UN agencies warn that Africa's TB cases will grow as HIV spreads

The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa -- already in the millions -- will double over the next decade as HIV continues to spread across the continent, the United Nations warned today, calling for a concurrent effort to fight both infectious diseases.

At memorial mass, Annan pays tribute to former Tanzanian President Nyerere

At a mass in memory of the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the international community to carry on the legacy of the former Tanzanian President, who he called an "indefatigable fighter for freedom, justice and peace."

Arms-burning ceremony in Brazzaville lights a flame of peace, UN agency says

Calling it a "flame of peace," the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that a recent weapons burning ceremony in the Republic of the Congo has lit the way to new lives for former militia fighters who had turned in their rifles.

Drugs alone will not stop AIDS in poor countries, Annan says

Helping the developing world battle the AIDS crisis will require more than just drugs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, calling for an "additional infusion of money" to bolster the health infrastructure of countries in need.

DR of Congo: aid to rebels must stop, Security Council members say

Amid reports of ongoing violence in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council today urged an end to assistance for armed rebel groups and appealed to all parties to a ceasefire accord to live up to their commitments.

More than 10,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya: UN refugee agency

More than 10,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Kenyan border town of Mandera in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.