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Thousands of Afghan refugees make their way into Pakistan: UNHCR

Thousands of Afghans were managing to cross into Pakistan even though the border remained officially closed, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UNICEF to truck emergency aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that it would use trucks and donkeys to transport 200 metric tonnes of aid across mountainous regions of Afghanistan to those in need.

Food production in Asia hit hard by weather extremes, UN agency reports

Heavy and extensive monsoon rains and floods have affected millions of people in east Asia, while three consecutive years of drought on the opposite end of the continent threaten the region's food production, according to the latest United Nations survey of the world's crop and food situation.

Annan launches $584 million appeal to help Afghans in time of crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for over half a billion dollars to shore up the United Nations humanitarian effort for Afghanistan, where current conditions are worsening in a country already ravaged by years of war and drought.

Security Council voices concern at worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Security Council members today expressed deep concern at the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and said the world community was "ready and determined" to lend the country and its neighbours desperately needed help.

UN food agency airlifts emergency rations to Afghan refugees

As tens of thousands of Afghans mass along the borders of neighbouring countries, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the start of an emergency airlift to depots in Pakistan, Iran and Turkmenistan in preparation for the expected influx of refugees.

Afghanistan: UN health agency sends medical supplies to avert displacement

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it was working to avert mass displacement across Afghanistan by shoring up the country's medical infrastructure in a bid to discourage people from leaving their homes.

Current international climate could spell opportunity for Afghanistan, UN envoy says

The chief United Nations political envoy on Afghanistan today said the current international climate could augur a better future for the ravaged country if its people were engaged in the fight against terrorism.

Actress Angelina Jolie donates $1 million to UN refugee relief in Afghanistan

American actress Angelina Jolie, who last month was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), today became the first individual to respond to the agency's emergency appeal for Afghanistan, donating $1 million.

East Timor: UN mission files indictment for 1999 crimes in Oecussi

The Prosecutor General of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today filed an indictment containing charges of crimes against humanity for acts committed by 11 people in 1999 in the Timorese enclave of Oecussi, in West Timor.