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Iran: UN rights expert voices deep concern over continued detention of 10 activists

A United Nations human rights expert has expressed deep concern over the continued detention of about 10 Iranian activists and has called on Tehran to honour its commitment to release the detainees and guarantee them a fair trial.

US Congressmen advise East Timor assembly to extend constitutional debate

Eight members of the United States Congress have proposed that the East Timor constitutional assembly extend its deliberations beyond its current 25 January deadline, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) reported today.

With Taliban out, Security Council lifts sanctions against Ariana Afghan Airlines

With the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan, the Security Council today lifted international sanctions against Ariana Afghan airlines.

Annan welcomes Pakistani leader’s anti-terrorist pledges

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed anti-terrorist steps announced by the President of Pakistan, while emphasizing that the country’s differences with India require a peaceful resolution.

Brahimi urges funding for Afghan Interim Authority

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today appealed through his spokesman for more funds for the country's fledgling Interim Authority.

Annan to attend Tokyo meeting on Afghanistan's reconstruction

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head to Tokyo this weekend to attend next week's International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

UN atomic energy agency to visit nuclear facilities in DPR of Korea

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced plans to visit nuclear facilities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) next week in what the Agency hopes will mark a first step towards renewed cooperation with Pyongyang.

Welcoming Taliban's collapse, Security Council decides to adjust sanctions

Hailing the end of Taliban rule in Afghanistan and the resulting progress in the country, members of the Security Council today decided that the sanctions it had imposed earlier against the group should be adjusted to conform to new realities.

Afghanistan: UN aid workers assess reports of food shortages in remote area

Responding to media reports about acute food shortages in Afghanistan's Zarah District, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that two of its staff members had travelled to the area to begin addressing the situation.

UN, East Timorese officials refute allegations of bias at UN mission

Top United Nations and East Timorese officials have refuted as unfounded allegations of bias in the appointment of senior-echelon staff that had been levelled against the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor by a Malaysian diplomat who had recently resigned from the UN mission.