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UN mission routs members of armed gang in Haiti

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, tipped off about the presence of armed men in a poor district of the country's capital, mounted a security operation that resulted in the deaths of six gang members, the wounding of four and the arrest of 13, as well as the freeing of a kidnap victim.

Free tours bring bumper crop of Sunday tourists to UN Headquarters in June

United Nations Headquarters in New York celebrated the world organization's 60th birthday this month by offering nearly 9,000 free Sunday tours in an effort to further inform the public of its work in tackling global crises.

At UN, Annan and Secretary Rice discuss broad range of international issues

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met at UN Headquarters in New York today to discuss a broad range of international issues, including UN reform, the need for closer US-UN consultation on Iraq and support for the African Union's mission in Sudan's western Darfur region.

New UN-sponsored project seeks to rescue Amazon from deforestation

With the environment of the Amazon Basin increasingly under siege from deforestation, mining, urbanization and other land use changes, the United Nations is co-sponsoring a new project to conserve and better manage the eight-nation region’s economically important waters, forests and wildlife.

UN peacekeeping chief, visiting Haiti, promises improved security under new mandate

Wrapping up a five-day fact-finding visit to Haiti, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guéhenno said the mandate the Security Council approved for the UN mission last week provided for tighter security in the Caribbean country in which several peacekeeping troops have recently been killed or wounded.

On UN's 60th anniversary, Annan sees moment for change

As the United Nations marked the sixtieth anniversary of its founding today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said change at the world body has never been so urgent or achievable.

UN agency urges Panama to grant refugee status to long-resident Colombians

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Panamanian government to grant refugee status to 831 Colombians who have been living in the country under a precarious temporary status for more than six years.

Top UN peacekeeper to visit mission in Haiti

Wrapping up a 5-day trip to Haiti, the United Nations peacekeeping chief is slated to visit the northern port of Cap-Haïtien this weekend, to review the situation with the military, civilian and police leadership of the UN mission there, a UN spokesperson said today.

UN experts 'deeply regret' US failure to allow Guantanamo visit on torture report

Senior United Nations human rights experts today deeply regretted the United States Government's failure so far to allow them to visit detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay naval base following information "from reliable sources" of serious allegations of torture.

UN peacekeepers free kidnapped Haitian customs worker held by armed group

As the United Nations mission battled attacks and abductions in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, a Brazilian was the latest peacekeeper shot and seriously wounded in the poor district of Cité Soleil.