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Land in Afghanistan donated to mine victims, UN reports

Land in Afghanistan that is now free of mines has been donated to the brave workers who were injured while clearing those deadly weapons from the area, the United Nations said today.

UN agencies make house calls to vaccinate Afghan newborns

Joining forces with the Afghan Government, two United Nations agencies are conducting their final round of house calls to vaccinate newborns and their mothers against tetanus in the capital, Kabul.

UN envoy calls for reforms to address human rights concerns in Cambodia

A United Nations envoy today welcomed legal reforms in Cambodia, expressing hope that their long-awaited adoption will begin to redress unjust court proceedings and other violations of human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

Cambodia: UN-backed project to help rural poor

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will support a new $11.5 million development project in Cambodia aimed at helping the rural poor.

At UN-backed meeting, Asian media pledge greater response to AIDS

A new Asia-Pacific media AIDS initiative aimed at ensuring increased and improved coverage of the epidemic in the region has been launched at a United Nations-backed meeting in Malaysia.

UN refugee agency briefs German foreign minister on Afghans in Pakistan

Ahead of next week’s “Group of Eight” Summit, the Foreign Minister of Germany has received a briefing on the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan from officials of the United Nations agency dealing with their plight.

UN refugee agency saddened by death and injuries of Bhutanese refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today said it was extremely concerned over a violent clash between Bhutanese refugees and Indian police, and expressed its sadness at the death of one Bhutanese and the injury of several others.

Nepal: UN urges calm following deadly violence at refugee camp

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for calm at a camp in Nepal where clashes have left two people dead.

30,000 returnees in Sri Lanka doing well despite lack of preparation – UN

Some 30,000 displaced Sri Lankan civilians who fled heavy fighting in February between Government and rebel troops have returned home and are doing well despite receiving little advance information about local conditions, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Rising death toll prompts UN warning on protecting Afghan civilians

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is stepping up its efforts to better protect civilians amid the recent wave of fighting involving the Taliban, other terrorist groups and Government forces that has led to the deaths of hundreds of people and injuries to thousands more.