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Iraq and Middle East events force Annan to forego Islamic summit

Pressing events in Iraq and in the Middle East are keeping United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York, preventing him from attending the summit of Islamic countries in Malaysia, a UN spokesman said today.

Security Council approves expanding international force to outside Afghan capital

The United Nations Security Council gave its approval today for the international troops in Afghanistan to move out from the capital, Kabul, citing the importance of extending the Government's authority throughout the country and providing security for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.

Afghan generals in north sign new accord while ceasefire largely holds, UN reports

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today reported that the ceasefire signed late last week in Balkh has largely held in recent days, while Mazar-i-Sharif is reported to be calm.

In letter to Annan, NATO mulls expanding operation outside Afghan capital

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), responsible for leading the international security force in the Afghan capital of Kabul, mulls the possibility of expanding its operations and moving into other parts of Afghanistan, the head of the alliance said it would first need specific authorization from the United Nations Security Council.

Head of Security Council Al-Qaida sanctions committee begins mission

The chairman of the United Nations Security Council's committee on sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban today begins a round of visits in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to coordinate action against the two groups.

Timor-Leste will need continued help after UN departs, Annan says

Timor-Leste will need continued international assistance after the United Nations pulls out next year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

Warring Afghan factions agree to UN-monitored peace agreement

Leaders of two factions in northern Afghanistan today signed an agreement designed to reduce tensions in the area where tank-led battles caused high casualties Wednesday and Thursday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.

Human rights in Cambodia could be undermined by economic policies - UN

Government policies to reduce poverty in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world, are not in line with the country's obligations to improve human rights, a situation that calls for informed public debate, a senior United Nations official says in a report released today.

UK to assist Hazaras in Afghanistan – UN agency

The United Kingdom will give $6 million over the next four years to help some 430,000 farmers in one of the poorest regions of Afghanistan to establish and maintain a reliable system of sustainable agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

Security Council mission to visit Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council is planning a visit to Afghanistan later this month to inspect and reinforce the peace and reconstruction process there.