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Praising prisoners' release, Annan calls for lifting of other restraints in Myanmar

While welcoming the release today by authorities in Myanmar of 249 prisoners throughout the country, United Nations Secretary-General reiterated his call for the lifting of remaining constraints on all political leaders.

Kyrgyzstan seeks urgent aid after flooding, mudflows: UN

Kyrgyzstan's Government has requested urgent aid including blankets, bedding, tents, diesel, fuel, medicine and food to meet its immediate needs after flooding and mudflows destroyed houses, bridges and highways, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN official says with autonomous government in place in Bougainville, UN mandate complete

With the swearing in of Bougainville's first autonomous provincial Government last month, the United Nations Observer Mission (UNOMB) had successfully completed its work and Papua New Guinea had taken a milestone step, which ended years-long secessionist fighting on the island, a senior UN official told the Security Council today.

Bird flu still of critical concern, needs more international attention – UN official

Bird flu, which health officials fear could mutate into a deadly human pandemic, in a worst-case scenario, remains a critical concern in many Asian countries and requires more attention by both affected states and the international community, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN refugee agency urges Kazakhstan not to forcibly return Uzbek rights activist

The United Nations refugee agency today urged authorities in Kazakhstan not to forcibly return a well-known Uzbek human rights activist, who was arrested along with his family yesterday in the Kazakh capital, Almaty, after having fled there following the recent military crackdown in his own country.

UN agencies bring assistance to flood-hit Indian state of Gujarat

United Nations agencies are providing aid to the Indian state of Gujarat, where the situation in several districts is reported to be critical after unprecedented heavy rains and flooding killed more than 130 people, led to the evacuation of half a million more, and affected power and water supplies to several thousand villages.

UN-backed generic medicines factory being set up in Afghanistan

A project, co-sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), got under way in Afghanistan today with the arrival in Kabul of donated production machinery for the country's first-ever generic medicine factory, which will eventually produce 300 million to 400 million tablets of safe, urgently needed analgesics and antibiotics for local use.

UN agency rushes food aid to flood-afflicted families in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing aid to some 1,400 Afghan families affected by flooding that has devastated housing and vital agricultural lands in various parts of the country.

Accord on vast UN-backed Asian Highway network enters into force 4 July

The Intergovernmental Agreement on the United Nations-backed 140,000-kilometre Asian Highway Network linking the vast region from St. Petersburg to Singapore and Seoul to Istanbul comes into force on Monday, facilitating trade and tourism and opening up landlocked countries.

Uzbek asylum-seekers in Kyrgyzstan need emergency resettlement – UN refugee agency

Concerned that Kyrgyz authorities may not withstand the pressure they are under by the Government of Uzbekistan to extradite some 450 Uzbek asylum-seekers, the United Nations refugee agency today held crisis talks in Geneva with traditional resettlement countries in an urgent effort to find an emergency safe haven.