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Local authorities continue rescue, relief efforts following Pakistan floods – UN

The United Nations humanitarian wing reported today that local authorities in Pakistan are continuing their rescue and relief efforts in areas affected by flash flooding following recent monsoon rains.

Back from Afghanistan, UN security chief highlights future challenges

The United Nations has greatly improved the security provided to staff serving in the field despite ongoing dangers and risks in dozens of countries, the acting UN security chief said on his return from Afghanistan, which next year will hold a presidential election and see national troops assume full security responsibilities from international military forces.

Security Council strongly condemns attack near Indian consulate in eastern Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the recent suicide attack near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad which killed and injured civilians, including children.

Secretary-General welcomes Cambodian elections

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the peaceful conduct of elections in Cambodia and encouraged the competent authorities to deal fairly and transparently with any complaints of irregularities.

UNESCO chief calls on Philippines to investigate double murder of journalists

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with protecting press freedom today condemned the murder of two Filipino journalists and called on the country's authorities to investigate the crime and prosecute the perpetrators.

UN expert urges Belarus to release human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

The Government of Belarus must “immediately and unconditionally” release human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, a United Nations independent expert urged today, calling on authorities to stop prosecuting rights defenders and journalists.