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Security concerns in northern Afghanistan raised by UN envoy

United Nations staff were reporting alarming levels of violence in northern Afghanistan, according to a letter sent by the UN's chief envoy to the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, to the head of the new Afghan Transitional Administration.

Secretary-General appoints deputy special representative for East Timor

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Sukehiro Hasegawa of Japan as his new Deputy Special Representative in East Timor, a UN spokesman announced.

Brahimi pledges UN support for Afghanistan's new Transitional Government

The senior United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today pledged the world body's full support for the country's Transitional Government, which is being set up by the Loya Jirga grand council.

At forum of religious leaders in Bangkok, UN official stresses universal values

As religious leaders from around the world gathered in Bangkok to inaugurate a new assembly, a United Nations official told participants that shared aspirations unite the world's great faiths.

Annan congratulates Karzai on election as Afghanistan's head of State

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today congratulated Hamid Karzai, the Chairman of Afghanistan's Interim Administration, on his election to serve as the country's head of State.

As Afghanistan's Loya Jirga enters second day, delegates discuss election procedures

As Afghanistan’s “Loya Jirga,” or tribal council, entered its second day, delegates today voted on the bureau of the tribal council and began to discuss procedures to elect a transitional government, according to a United Nations spokesman.

At Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, former King nominates Hamid Karzai to lead nation

As Afghanistan today opened its Loya Jirga - a tribal council considered key to the country's political transition - the former King nominated Hamid Karzai to lead the nation, according to a United Nations spokeswoman.

Mob killings on the rise in Cambodia, UN reports

A new United Nations report documents the rising trend of mob violence in Cambodia and calls for stepped-up efforts to compel greater police intervention.

Agreement by Asian countries on forest fire haze welcomed by UN environment agency

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today welcomed the signing of an agreement by southeast Asian nations designed to prevent a repeat of the suffocating smog caused by forest fires that plagued the region in 1997 and 1998.

Logistical constraints delay Afghanistan's 'Loya Jirga' meeting until tomorrow

The beginning of the Emergency Loya Jirga – a key milestone in Afghanistan’s political transition – which was to have opened today in Kabul has been postponed for 24 hours due to logistic and preparation setbacks, according to a member of the Special Independent Commission organizing the event.