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Scores of civilians flee fighting in central Afghanistan, UN refugee agency reports

Clashes in central Afghanistan have reportedly forced some 60 families to flee, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN environmental agency opens office in China in battle against pollution

The United Nations environmental agency opened an office in Beijing today in recognition of the important progress being made in meeting environmental challenges in China, the world's largest developing country, and to support future policies for curbing pollution and achieving sustainable development.

UN official warns persistent Afghanistan opium growing could destabilize region

Underscoring the far-reaching consequences of opium cultivation in Afghanistan, the top United Nations official on drugs and crime today warned Presidents of the former Soviet States that the resulting "trilogy of problems" could destabilize the whole region.

UN nuclear watchdog calls on DPR of Korea to dismantle any nuclear weapons

The United Nations nuclear watchdog today called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to completely dismantle any nuclear weapons programme, promptly accept comprehensive international safeguards, and allow UN inspectors back in.

UN has successfully assisted Timor-Leste maintain stability - Annan

While the United Nations mission in Timor-Leste has successfully assisted the country in maintaining stability and order, it is not certain whether the Government will be able to put all necessary structures in place before the UN's departure next year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

UN agency appeals for emergency food aid to help 110,000 in Timor-Leste

The United Nations food agency today appealed for emergency aid for 110,000 impoverished people in Timor-Leste, many of whom are resorting to eating wild foods to survive the two-year drought stalking the highlands.

New measures in Afghanistan aim to promote law and order, UN reports

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today announced a number of key measures aimed at building the war-ravaged country's capacity to maintain law and order.

DPR of Korea faces food shortfall over next six months – UN

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is projected to suffer shortfalls of about 110,000 tons of food for the next six months, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today.

UN warns detention of Myanmar democracy leader puts human rights at risk

If Myanmar wishes to renew its commitment to political reform, it must start by immediately and unconditionally releasing pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners currently being detained in an undisclosed location, the United Nations human rights expert on the country says in a new report out today.

20 added to Security Council list of those subject to UN sanctions against Al-Qaida

The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Usama bin Laden and his associates has added 20 individuals to the Al-Qaida section of its consolidated list of persons and entities subject to the measures.