Americas

New contingents arrive in Haiti to join UN peacekeeping force

Troops from Sri Lanka, Spain and Guatemala have arrived in Haiti to join the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) currently working to maintain security and foster a democratic political transition in the strife-torn Caribbean country.

UN mission in Haiti shares NGO goal of boosting human rights, chief says

The head of the United Nations mission in Haiti has met the leaders of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking to improve human rights in the Caribbean country to explain the UN's efforts towards the same goal.

General Assembly calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the 13th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly today overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for an end to the 40-year-old commercial, economic and financial embargo by the United States against Cuba and objecting to laws and regulations compelling third countries to adhere to it.

Moroccan and Spanish troops set to join UN mission in Haiti this weekend

Spanish marines with their own armoured vehicles will join Moroccan troops in forming a United Nations peacekeeping brigade, which will deploy this weekend in northeast Haiti near the Dominican Republic, an area said to be rife with weapons smuggling, the UN mission said today.

More UN peacekeepers arrive in Haiti

More than 100 Jordanian police officers have arrived in Haiti to join the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Caribbean country.

New unified security measures for UN to cost $97 million

New unified security measures proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to protect the United Nations and its workers against an escalating number of attacks worldwide will cost some $97 million.

UN forces and Haitian police clear barricaded quarter

United Nations peacekeeping forces, together with Haitian National Police, have cleared the streets of Bel Air, a poor area of the Caribbean country's capital, Port-au-Prince, which has been in upheaval over the past three weeks, a UN spokesman told reporters today.

Several UN contingents head to Haiti to bolster peacekeeping mission

Spanish and Moroccan troops serving as part of a joint battalion are headed to Haiti to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, officials of the world body said today.

UN forecasts mixed picture for Latin America and Caribbean forests

By the end of the next decade, Latin America and the Caribbean will have less natural forest cover, but more woodland areas will be protected and more trees planted, according to projections released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Chinese police trained in crowd control join UN mission in Haiti

With Haiti's capital relatively calm for the past week, United Nations police operations in Haiti have been strengthened by the arrival of more than 100 police trained in crowd control and well-equipped from China.