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UN's top refugee official urges Afghan sides to halt fire so aid can go through

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged all sides in Afghanistan's conflict to halt their fighting so that relief workers can reach those in need.

East Timor: in advance of election, UN launches training for women candidates

In preparation for upcoming elections to East Timor's Constituent Assembly, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) began today a programme designed to bring more women into the political process.

Foundation stone laid for earthquake shelters in India: UN

The foundation stone for the construction of essential earthquake-proof shelters in Gujarat, India, has been laid, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.

77 more police cadets graduate in East Timor: UN

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today announced that 77 more police cadets have graduated from the Timor Lorosa'e police academy in Dili -- bringing the total number of officers performing in the territory to 706.

UN refugee chief on a 10-day visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan

The top United Nations refugee official heads this weekend to Afghanistan, a country devastated by an active conflict, massive displacement of population, major human rights abuses, drought, a looming famine and an economy in shambles.

Civic education programme ends in East Timor: UN

A programme to train civic educators in East Timor ended today in Dili, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has announced.

Security Council "shocked" at expected resumption of fighting in Afghanistan

In light of the "appalling and deteriorating" humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council this afternoon expressed shock at the expected resumption of large-scale fighting there.

China announces support for Secretary-General's second term in office: UN

China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, today announced its intention to support Secretary-General Kofi Annan's bid for a second term in office, a UN spokesman reported.

East Timor: new panel to seek input from civil society on truth commission

The National Council of East Timor today set up a 15-member panel that will help to gather input from civil society as part of an ongoing effort to establish a "truth commission" on human rights violations committed during the territory's 25-year struggle for independence.

At UN centre, Pakistani students donate funds to help Afghan child mine victims

Dozens of Pakistani students in Islamabad today donated funds to be channelled through the United Nations for Afghan children who have been victimized by landmines.