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Following talks with Taliban, UN envoy reports no breakthrough on key issues

Following three days of talks with the Taliban in Kabul, the United Nations Coordinator for Afghanistan today reported a stalemate over the issue of hiring Afghan women, and warned that without a breakthrough on that point the UN would be forced to suspend a key food project in the country.

East Timor: death toll in yesterday's attack reaches 5, UN mission reports

The death toll in yesterday's attack along the border between East and West Timor has reached five, with up to 40 people injured, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) confirmed today.

UN deplores curbs on aid efforts in Afghanistan

The United Nations today voiced its protest over obstacles faced by aid workers in Afghanistan, where a key food project is threatened with termination because of the policies imposed by Taliban officials.

Three people killed during refugee visit on East/West Timor border, UN says

Three civilians were killed today during an explosion in Indonesia's West Timor province, near the border with East Timor, according to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

Afghanistan: experts call for new UN office to monitor sanctions against Taliban

In a bid to strengthen the international arms embargo against the Taliban and keep track of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, a group of experts has recommended the establishment of a new United Nations sanctions monitoring office based in Vienna.

UN agency distributes food to needy Afghans stranded on Tajik border

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it had resumed its assistance to needy Afghans stranded on an island on the Afghan-Tajik border.

UN development agency brings solar power to rural Bangladesh

New projects supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are bringing solar power to small towns in Bangladesh, enabling extremely poor families to increase their income and improve their quality of life, the UN agency said today.

Annan welcomes moves by India and Pakistan towards possible summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed moves by India and Pakistan that could lead to a summit meeting between the two South Asian countries.

UN officials decry reported Taliban edict on singling out non-Muslims

United Nations officials today decried a reported proposal by the Taliban which would require all non-Muslims in Afghanistan to wear identity labels on their clothing.

Annan to send envoy to Myanmar to help facilitate reconciliation process

An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will visit Myanmar next week to help facilitate the process of democratization and national reconciliation there, a UN spokesman said today in New York.