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Annan says all nations must join forces to identify perpetrators of terror acts

Responding with shock and revulsion at the "cold-blooded viciousness" of yesterday's terrorist attacks in the United States, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all countries to join forces to root out those responsible.

Kosovo: head of UN mission, Transitional Council voice outrage at attacks on US

The top United Nations official in Kosovo and the Kosovo Transitional Council today expressed outrage over the terrorist acts against the United States, while a rally of solidarity with the victims was held in the streets of Pristina.

Annan condemns terrorist attacks on US

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the terrorist attacks on key targets in the United States, and stressed that no just cause could be advanced by terror.

Members of Security Council condemn 'horrifying' terror attacks on US

Reacting with shock to acts of terror against the United States, members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned the attacks and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Drought-affected Central America faces serious food shortages: UN agency

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that about 1.6 million people in Central America were in need of food aid as a result of a recent drought in the region, which is still struggling to recover from a 1998 hurricane, earthquakes earlier this year and the loss of jobs after the closure of coffee plantations.

As more Colombians flee violence, UN agency opens office in nearby Venezuela

Seeking to protect Colombians fleeing armed conflict in their home country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is set to officially open a field office today in San Cristobal, Venezuela, near the Colombian border.

Colombia: Annan envoy urges resumption of peace talks, end to rights abuses

An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all sides in the conflict in Colombia to end the growing abuses against the civilian population and to make a renewed effort to negotiate in order to avoid an all-out war.

Driven by fighting at home, Colombians seek asylum abroad, UNHCR says

The United Nations refugees agency today reported that in recent months, the deteriorating conflict in Colombia has sent thousands of people to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of asylum.

Actress Angelina Jolie to be named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for refugees

American actress Angelina Jolie will be named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency said today.

World Bank loans Uruguay $18.5 million to tackle foot and mouth disease

The World Bank has approved an $18.5 million loan to Uruguay to support the Foot and Mouth Disease Emergency Recovery Project - the Bank's first urgent operation to help alleviate the economic impact of an outbreak.