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UN extends international security force as Afghan violence rises

The Security Council has called on Governments to strengthen the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in the face of increased threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other armed groups, unanimously extending the mission for another year.

Kyrgyzstan makes progress on toxic dumps but needs to do much more – UN expert

Kyrgyzstan has made progress in addressing the significant problems of radioactive and toxic waste dumps and in raising international awareness of the serious trans-boundary threats of contamination of groundwater and rivers, but much more remains to be done, a United Nations expert reported today.

UNICEF chief meets with storm and flood victims in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has met with victims of recent storms in the Philippines, witnessing the damage wrought by the typhoon and subsequent floods and hearing first-hand accounts of the devastation.

Secretary-General strongly condemns latest deadly bomb attack in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s bombing at a marketplace in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar that has killed at least 49 people and injured many more and is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across the country.

UN expert hails Mongolia for successes in campaign to achieve universal education

Mongolia has made great strides towards providing universal education for its children, a United Nations independent expert said toy, praising the Asian nation for emphasizing the need for young people from both rural and urban areas to complete their educations.

Three-month plan launched to help Indonesian quake victims, UN says

The international humanitarian community launched a $38-million response plan today to complement the Indonesian Government’s efforts to aid communities in West Sumatra hit by last month’s earthquake, United Nations officials reported.

Top UN envoy rebuffs accusations of partiality in Afghan polls

Rejecting “unacceptable” media accusations ranging from partiality in Afghanistan’s presidential election process to fraud concealment, the top United Nations envoy to the South Asian nation today reiterated his resolve to do all he can to ensure that a final outcome to the polls is determined.

Top UN AIDS official urges India not to waver in fight against epidemic

The role of India’s political leadership is vital to ensure that the country with the highest number of HIV-infected people in Asia achieves its goals of universal access to prevention, care and treatment by 2010, according to a top United Nations AIDS official.

UN expert presses United Arab Emirates to end bigotry against foreigners

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the United Arab Emirates to push ahead with creating robust legal institutions and laws to combat racism aimed at foreign migrant populations, who form the majority in the Persian Gulf nation.

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns deadly suicide blast in capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against the suicide bombing in Afghanistan this morning that reportedly killed 17 people and injured another 80.