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Annan to discuss international economic outlook with key global finance officials

The impact of terrorist attacks against the United States on the global economy will figure high on the agenda in discussions between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and key international financial officials in Ottawa this weekend, his spokesman announced today.

Security Council, Annan voice distress over US airliner crash in New York

Reacting to the crash of an American Airlines passenger plane earlier this morning, members of the United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced their deep distress over the tragedy, which occurred not far from New York’s main international airport.

US pays $475 million to UN towards peacekeeping arrears

The United States today made another large payment in the amount of $475 million towards the payment of its peacekeeping arrears, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

Annan, President Bush visit ‘ground zero’ of terror attacks in New York

Exactly two months after the terrorist attacks against the United States, United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan today accompanied United States President George W. Bush to the “ground zero” site at the World Trade Center in New York.

UN Foundation announces $35 million in new grants

The United Nations Foundation - set up to execute philanthropist Ted Turner's $1 billion gift in support of UN causes - announced today a major round of investments totalling $35 million to various projects around the world.

Colombia: UN human rights expert to probe violence against women in conflict

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is set to visit Colombia on the invitation of its Government to investigate violence against women in the country's armed conflict.

White substance found in UN building tests negative for anthrax

A white substance found at United Nations Headquarters in New York has tested negative for anthrax, but not before some staff members were put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure, a UN spokesman reported today.

Annan's envoy for Colombia appointed President of Norwegian Red Cross

The senior adviser of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Colombia has been named the next President of the Norwegian Red Cross, a UN spokesman said today.

Four UN human rights experts voice outrage at murder of Mexican activist

United Nations human rights experts today issued a joint statement voicing their deep sadness and outrage over last week's murder in Mexico City of renowned Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa y Plácido.

Top UN human rights official condemns murder of Mexican activist

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today condemned the killing of a Mexican human rights activist, Digna Ochoa, and called on the authorities to launch a vigorous probe into the crime.