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Afghanistan: UN rushes aid as livestock sector hit hard by extreme cold

The harshest winter weather conditions in nearly three decades has devastated Afghanistan's livestock – with over 300,000 animals dying since last December – and the United Nations is providing support by sending some 80 tons of feed to the hardest-hit farmers.

Timor-Leste: UN welcomes apprehension of alleged associates of rebel leader

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has welcomed the arrest and detention of five people wanted in connection with the activities of the late rebel commander Alfredo Reinado, who was killed earlier this month during the attack on President Jose Ramos-Horta.

UN refugee agency seeks nearly $19 million to aid Sri Lanka’s displaced

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is appealing for $18.6 million to assist an estimated 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka who have been uprooted by decades of armed conflict.

UN’s Myanmar envoy leaves Tokyo, completing Asian consultations

The United Nations’ top envoy for Myanmar finished his consultations in Tokyo today, wrapping up his meetings with Asian leaders on efforts to promote democratization and national reconciliation in the troubled country, where authorities used force against a wave of peaceful protests last summer.

Harsh Central Asian winter shows need to boost disaster planning – UN agency

The United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters today called on governments across Central Asia, which is facing its harshest winter in three decades, to swiftly implement measures so that they are better prepared to deal with the expected floods in the spring.

Nepalese accord with ethnic Madhesis will help planned elections, says UN envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Nepal has welcomed today’s agreement between the seven-party alliance that forms the country’s Government and the leadership of the ethnic Madhesi movement from the southern plains.

Insecurity hindering return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, says UN agency

Many Afghan refugees living in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan are reluctant to return to their homeland due to the deteriorating security situation there and difficulty in sustaining their new lives, a senior official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Commending India’s control of bird flu outbreak, UN says vigilance still needed

The recent, worst-ever outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Indian state of West Bengal seems to have been brought under control by the swift and comprehensive measures taken by the country’s authorities, though continued vigilance was crucial, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.

Bangladeshi police unit with UN force in Darfur holds first long-distance patrol

A Bangladeshi formed police unit (FPU) with the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) has conducted its first long-distance patrol, aiming to both test its operational capacity and enhance the visibility of the UN Police in the war-wracked region of western Sudan.

Over 6 million Afghan children to start new school year with UN support

As more than 6 million children in Afghanistan prepare to start a new school year in a few weeks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that both boys and girls in the strife-torn nation have access to quality education in a safe environment.