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In wake of deadly earthquake in Iran, Annan voices sympathy, UN offers assistance

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced his distress over the human toll and extensive damage inflicted by an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale that hit various provinces in the western part of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Afghanistan: Security Council welcomes successful conclusion of Loya Jirga

The Security Council today welcomed the successful conclusion of the Loya Jirga grand council in Afghanistan and the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai as the head of the country's new transitional administration.

Sri Lanka rebels pledge not to recruit child soldiers, UNICEF reports

A rebel group in Sri Lanka has assured the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that it will not recruit anyone under the age of 18 years into their armed forces, the UN agency said today.

Afghanistan: Brahimi lauds Loya Jirga process; Turkey takes control of security force

As the United Kingdom handed over its command of a multinational force for Afghanistan to Turkey today, a United Nations official in Kabul stressed that even with the improved security situation nationwide there was no room for complacency.

UN agency honours Cathay Pacific airlines for raising $5 million on behalf of children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has honoured Cathay Pacific airlines for raising nearly $5 million over the past decade by encouraging its passengers to donate their unused foreign currency to the UN agency.

Afghanistan's Loya Jirga concludes work fulfilling key tasks set by UN-brokered accord

After electing Hamid Karzai as Head of State for the Transitional Administration and approving proposals for the government's structure and key personnel, Afghanistan's Loya Jirga grand council concluded its work today, having fulfilled the main tasks set out in the United Nations-brokered Bonn Agreement.

New UN database to track aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the launch of a new database, which is tracking assistance to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Karzai to propose list of key ministers on Wednesday

Afghanistan's President-elect will present a list of key ministers for the approval of the country's tribal council, the Loya Jirga, tomorrow, according to a United Nations spokesman.

More than 1 million Afghans return home, top UN refugee official says

The number of Afghans going home topped the 1 million mark today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR) announced on Monday.

Annan lauds parties in Tajikistan for their commitment to peace

Marking the fifth anniversary of the signing of the General Peace Agreement in Tajikistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the parties for their determination to foster a secure environment in the formerly war-wracked country.