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Air strikes against Afghan city of Herat send civilians fleeing, UN reports

Some 70 per cent of the population of the Afghan city of Herat has fled to surrounding villages in the wake of recent air strikes, which included the use of cluster bombs, the United Nations reported today.

UN food agency signs new accords to provide aid throughout Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has reached new agreements with 19 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working inside Afghanistan, paving the way for the distribution of food throughout the country.

East Timor: talks with Indonesia on legal issues 'generally positive,' UN says

Senior officials from the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today said their recent meetings with the Indonesian Attorney General in Jakarta had been constructive, but more needed to be done to resolve outstanding legal issues.

Security Council backs Brahimi's efforts on Afghanistan

After a briefing by the United Nations lead envoy on Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, members of the Security Council today backed his efforts in the search for a political solution in the country while expressing concern about the humanitarian plight of the Afghan people.

UN reports continued shortfall in funding for Afghanistan emergency

Despite an infusion of more than $19 million over the weekend, cash contributions for the first phase of operations to help people fleeing Afghanistan still fall far short of what is needed, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UNHCR expresses 'shock, sadness' at refugee boat sinking near Indonesia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was "shocked and saddened" by the sinking of a boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers off the Indonesian coast, saying 360 people died in the accident, the vast majority of them women and children trapped in the vessel.

After talks in Washington on Afghanistan, Brahimi meets Islamic delegates at UN

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, returned to New York today after visiting Washington, D.C., over the weekend for talks with United States government officials.

UN consulting with neighbouring countries on aid delivery to Afghanistan

The United Nations top relief official has arrived in Turkmenistan for the first part of his mission to discuss ways to enhance cooperation with three Central Asian countries in delivering humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, a UN spokesman in New York said today.

Annan details UN's plans after East Timor independence

The primary focus for a new United Nations mission in East Timor would be to ensure the territory's security and the viability and stability of its government structures, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just-released report.

East Timor: assembly slates 20 May 2002 for UN to hand over sovereignty

The President of East Timor's Constituent Assembly signed today a resolution recommending 20 May 2002 as the date on which UNTAET, the United Nations Administration in the territory, will hand over sovereignty to elected Timorese Government institutions.