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Afghanistan: UN confirms killing of Loya Jirga candidate; motive unclear

The United Nations today confirmed that a candidate selected to represent his district during Afghanistan's upcoming Loya Jirga, or tribal council, was killed over the weekend.

UN transitional administrator leaves East Timor, as head of new UN mission takes over

The man who served as the United Nations transitional administrator in East Timor for two and half years leading up to the territory's independence left the island nation today as a senior Indian diplomat took over as the head of a follow-up UN mission.

East Timor poorest country in Asia, UN development agency reports

The world's newest nation - East Timor - is also Asia's poorest, according to a new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Hours after gaining independence, East Timor starts process to join UN

Just hours after gaining independence, East Timor today presented Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a resolution requesting membership in the United Nations.

Acute funding shortages may hamper key operations, UN food agency warns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing severe funding shortages that could hamper two of its largest operations – in Afghanistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the agency’s Executive Director warned today.

Annan voices concern over rising toll from firing along India-Pakistan line

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern over the rising toll as a result of the continuing exchange of fire along the India-Pakistan line and called for restraint to prevent the tensions from increasing further.

Security Council welcomes East Timor's independence, hails UN role in achieving it

Welcoming East Timor's ascension into the community of nations, the United Nations Security Council today paid tribute to the people and leadership of the world's newest country for their efforts in achieving the goal of independence.

New country, East Timor, is born; UN, which aided transition, vows continued help

East Timor,a small island nation in southeast Asia, became an independent country at the stroke of midnight on Sunday when the United Nations, which helped to steer the country to statehood, handed over administration to the democratically elected government

In Jakarta, Annan applauds President Megawati's efforts to bolster ties with neighbours

Arriving in Indonesia today for an official visit, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, applauded President Megawati Soekarnoputri's efforts to strengthen relations with neighbouring countries, describing as "wise and courageous" her decision to attend independence ceremonies this weekend in East Timor.

Security Council establishes new UN mission in East Timor

Recognizing that East Timor will require international assistance in the period immediately after independence to shore up the new government’s ability to rule, the Security Council today unanimously decided to establish a new United Nations mission to help provide the fledgling nation with the stability necessary for growth and development.