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UN sends record 114,000 metric tonnes of food aid to Afghanistan this month

Far surpassing previous records, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered an unprecedented 114,000 metric tonnes of food into Afghanistan during the month of December.

Efforts to remove unexploded cluster "bomblets" commence in Afghanistan

Working from a list provided by coalition forces of where they used cluster bombs in Afghanistan, the United Nations is helping to remove unexploded "bomblets" released in those attacks, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Anti-measles drive in Afghanistan launched by UN Children's Fund

The United Nations today announced the launch of a large-scale measles vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, where poverty and the country’s devastated health infrastructure combine to make the disease a major killer of children.

Annan welcomes Pakistan’s ‘determined law enforcement action’

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the determined law enforcement action taken by the Pakistani authorities, calling such measures “an important step towards easing tensions in the region.”

Afghanistan's cultural heritage under 'extreme threat,' UNESCO warns

A senior official of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) has warned that the cultural heritage of Afghanistan is "under extreme threat."

UN officials discuss recovery effort with new female Afghan ministers in Kabul

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, met today in Kabul with Dr. Sima Samar, head of Afghanistan's new Ministry for Women's Affairs.

Thailand donates 3,000 metric tonnes of rice to UN food effort for Afghanistan

In its largest-yet donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Thailand has contributed 3,000 metric tonnes of rice for the agency's relief efforts in Afghanistan, a WFP spokesman announced today.

Refugee returns to Afghanistan continue to climb, UN agency reports

As the political situation in Afghanistan stabilizes with the advent of its Interim Administration, the number of refugees returning to the country continues to swell, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Security Council sanctions panel updates list of individuals linked to bin Laden

A United Nations Security Council committee has named four additional persons associated with Osama bin Laden who are subject to international sanctions.

UN food deliveries to Afghanistan reach record levels

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has sent a record 80,000 tonnes of food into Afghanistan so far this month.