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More troops join UN stabilization mission in Haiti

More than 160 Moroccan soldiers arrived in Haiti yesterday to join the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), bringing the operation’s uniformed strength to nearly 4,500 out of an authorized total of almost 8,000 troops and civilian police.

Haiti: UN peacekeepers monitor condition of scores of new detainees

United Nations civilian police are monitoring 90 detainees taken in during a joint operation of UN peacekeepers and the Haitian National Police in the Haitian capital's Bel Air neighbourhood to make sure that they are treated according to international standards, a UN spokesman said today.

Calm returning to troubled district in Haitian capital, UN mission says

United Nations peacekeeping military and police cadres joined Haitian National Police units today in making a security sweep of the Bel Air neighbourhood of the Haitian capital and arresting three gang leaders, a UN spokesman said.

Annan congratulates Bush on re-election

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated President Bush on his re-election, and pledged his commitment to working with the US leader on the whole range of issues facing the United Nations and the world.

Reform tops agenda at meeting of six UN system chiefs

United Nations reform, major events in 2005 and the present challenges facing the world body were at the top of the agenda for the yearly meeting of the heads of the UN systems six major organs.

Fréchette calls for international commitment to face new threats collectively

The United Nations Charter has served humanity well but, as new threats arise, the international community must devise a common approach to conquer emerging challenges, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said.

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.