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Afghanistan lagging behind in human rights treatment, UN expert finds

While Afghanistan has made great progress since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001, "gross violations of fundamental human rights" continue, from extrajudicial executions to inhuman detention to the frequent abuse or assault of women and girls, a United Nations expert says in his latest report to the General Assembly.

Korean peninsula: WFP welcomes South’s donation to hungry in North

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a 100,000-ton donation of maize from the Republic of Korea to the agency’s emergency operation providing aid to 6.5 million vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Cambodia could become terror source, warns Security Council panel chairman

Cambodia could become a breeding ground for terrorism if it does not receive urgently needed international cooperation to boost its ability to confront the scourge, the Chairman of the United Nations Security Council’s committee on sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban warned today.

Annan hails announced suspension of fighting between Nepal and Maoist rebels

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decisions by Maoist insurgents and the Government of Nepal to halt fighting temporarily in observance of a national holiday.

Most complaints on Afghan elections concerned voter-marking ink, UN says

Most of the 285 formal complaints about Afghanistan's election concern ink used to mark voters, the UN mission in the country said today.

UN health agency calls for better prevention and treatment of epilepsy

Urging governments to improve the prevention and treatment of epilepsy, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is spotlighting the neurological disease, which induces seizures in at least 50 million people worldwide, with a new report on its occurrence in the Western Pacific region.

Annan calls on Myanmar leaders to remain committed to democratization

Concerned by reports of the dismissal and detention of the Prime Minister of Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the country's authorities to remain committed to the process of national reconciliation and democratization.

Five in Afghanistan killed when blast destroys vehicle, UN says

An explosion destroyed a vehicle in the southern province of Paktia, killing five people, according to a spokesman for the joint United Nations-Afghan body overseeing elections in Afghanistan.

UNAIDS commends Viet Nam on its national HIV prevention strategy

Viet Nam's national HIV prevention strategy, which targets prostitutes and addicts, should be replicated in other countries, a senior official with the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today.

Ballot counting proceeds apace in Afghanistan – UN

Some 80,000 ballots in Afghanistan's historic presidential election have already been tallied, and the process is proceeding at a steady pace, a United Nations spokesman announced today.