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UN's top refugee official urges Afghanistan's neighbours to keep borders open

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged States surrounding Afghanistan to keep their borders open so desperate people fleeing the strife-torn country can be protected.

Afghan Government urges Security Council meeting on Taliban threat

The head of Afghanistan's Government - which is at war with Taliban forces in the country - has requested an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the conflict's threat to regional peace, according to documents released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

6 million Afghans face alarming humanitarian situation, UN warns

Up to 6 million vulnerable people in Afghanistan who depend on outside aid to survive face a deteriorating situation, as United Nations relief flights are indefinitely suspended and international aid workers have left the country, UN officials warned today.

Another 300 East Timorese refugees return from West Timor: UN mission

More than 300 refugees returned from camps in Indonesian West Timor today in a process facilitated by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) along with leaders from both the pro-independence and pro-autonomy movements, the UN operation said in a statement.

UN project nominated for information technology award

The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) - an initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan - has been nominated to receive a Stockholm Challenge Award for its support of rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the devastating super cyclone that hit Orissa, India, in 1999.

Security Council urges Taliban to comply with texts ordering bin Laden handover

Members of the United Nations Security Council today said the Taliban must immediately comply with Council resolutions, especially those calling on the group to hand over indicted terrorist Usama bin Laden.

UN refugee agency reports continued exodus from Afghanistan's cities

Tens of thousands of residents of cities in Afghanistan are continuing to leave for rural areas throughout the mountainous country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Annan welcomes resumption of inter-Korean dialogue

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the resumption of ministerial talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.

East Timor: constitutional reports handed over to Constituent Assembly

The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today handed over the Constitutional Commission reports to the newly elected Constituent Assembly, which will draft the country's first constitution.

In letter to Annan, Iran's President proposes global summit against terrorism

Condemning the "alarming" terrorist attacks against the United States, the President of Iran Seyed Mohammad Khatami has proposed convening a global summit against terrorism, according to a document released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.