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Two injured after blast strikes UN compound in southern Afghanistan

A car bomb exploded outside the United Nations compound in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan today, injuring two people.

UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar ends visit

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar wound up a six-day visit to the country today with a call for an amnesty for all political prisoners and the lifting of government-imposed restrictions on political expression, the UN spokesman said today.

Myanmar’s seven-step peace process not inclusive, lacks timeline – Annan

The Government of Myanmar’s proposed seven-step road map to democracy does not include the opinions expressed by several parties in the country and has not shown that the process will be participatory and transparent, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a human rights report.

Afghanistan: UN hails publication of draft constitution

Afghanistan has taken another step forward on the road to democracy with the publication of its draft constitution, the United Nations Mission (UNAMA) in the country announced today.

Cargo train makes first rail trip between China and Mongolia - UN commission

The railways of China and Mongolia will start cargo train service tomorrow between Tianjin port, east of Beijing, and Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, as part of a project to connect Asia and Europe by rail, the United Nations regional commission for Asia and the Pacific said today.

Security Council mission to Afghanistan declares tour a success

The United Nations Security Council mission to Afghanistan today ended what it described as a “very successful visit,” but warned that security remains the key problem facing the country.

China: UN official urges help to remove stigma from those with HIV/AIDS

The stigma carried by people infected with HIV/AIDS must be removed if countries are to make progress in combating the disease, the head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in Beijing, China.

Security Council mission urges factional leaders to support Afghan government

The Security Council delegation visiting Afghanistan urged factional leaders today to give their full support to reforms made by the country’s central government.

Thailand meeting will review protection from chemicals - UN agency

More than 500 delegates will gather in Bangkok, Thailand, this weekend to follow up on a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative to protect people and their environments from hazardous chemicals, the UN agency said today.

Security Council mission to Afghanistan holds lengthy talks in capital

The Security Council delegation touring Afghanistan spent almost nine hours holding meetings with officials in the capital Kabul today, on the third day of its mission to the country.