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Afghanistan: UN rights experts condemns targeting of schools by terrorists

A United Nation expert on the right to education today voiced outrage at the seemingly systematic targeting of schools in Afghanistan, especially girls’ schools, by terrorist groups apparently seeking to shut down the school system.

Nuclear bomb grade fuel removed from Uzbekistan in UN-monitored operation

Spent nuclear fuel containing enough uranium to produce two and a half nuclear bombs has been returned to Russia from Uzbekistan in a secret mission completed yesterday under monitoring by the United Nations atomic watchdog agency as part of its efforts to stop the diversion of such material to terrorist or other ends.

UN refugee agency closes its office in Uzbekistan after Government ultimatum

The United Nations refugee agency has closed down its office in Uzbekistan after 13 years of service following an ultimatum by the Foreign Ministry to end its work in the former Soviet Central Asian country by 17 April.

Proposed new Australian border control measures raise serious concerns – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced serious concern over proposed new border control measures by Australia to deal with asylum seekers arriving by boat, including their transferral offshore, even if they have reached the mainland, to have their claims processed.

Pakistan: quake survivors want to go home, UN refugee official says

As tens of thousands of people displaced by last October’s earthquake in Pakistan stream home from their temporary camps, a top official of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which is leading the relief effort, listened to the aspirations and concerns of survivors and pledged to continue supporting them.

Hold the caviar: UN-backed body bans export of most endangered sturgeon

Only Iran will be allowed to export caviar from wild Caspian Sea sturgeon this year after the five nations sharing the basin failed to provide information needed to ensure the fish’s survival to the United Nations-backed body that oversees a global treaty governing trade in endangered species.

Afghanistan: UN helps reintegrate ex-combatant families through teacher-training

Afghan women related to ex-combatants will be trained as teachers under a new United Nations-supported initiative aimed at educating women while facilitating the reintegration of former fighters and their families in the war-ravaged country into civilian life.

UN atomic agency chief calls for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities

Following meetings in Tehran with senior officials, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities.

UNESCO chief voices concern over attacks on democracy in Nepal

Joining a chorus of United Nations officials calling for action to stem violence in Nepal, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced concern about the increasing attacks against democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Nepal: UN appeals to all sides in conflict to let through food convoys, medicines

United Nations humanitarian agencies have appealed to all parties in the conflict in Nepal to allow safe passage for food convoys to hundreds of thousands of people, and the distribution of vitamins and de-worming tablets for 6 million children, as roadblocks, curfews and strikes make reaching remote areas increasingly difficult.