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Ban deplores 'heinous' terrorist attack in Pakistani capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today's “heinous” terrorist attack on the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which has reportedly killed and injured a large number of people.

UN agency voices concern over sentencing of labour activist in Myanmar

The United Nations labour agency today expressed concern at the recent sentencing of an activist in Myanmar to two years of hard labour, saying it raises questions about the honouring of an agreement between the Asian country and the agency.

UN assists China with crisis over contaminated powdered infant formula

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is assisting Chinese authorities with a melamine-contaminated powdered food crisis that has caused more than 6,000 cases of kidney stones in infants and three deaths across the country.

UN appeals for $10 million to relieve flood-hit communities in Laos

The United Nations has appealed for nearly $10 million in urgent humanitarian aid to assist communities hit by recent floods in Laos that have damaged farmland, infrastructure and the homes of over 200,000 people.

UN agencies urge respect for Afghan children’s rights to life and education

United Nations agencies working in Afghanistan have urged all parties in the strife-torn nation to respect the right of children to life and education, including by allowing safe access for vaccinators and ensuring that students, teachers and schools are free from violence.

UN rights chief urges protection amid sharp rise in Afghan civilian deaths

The top United Nations human rights official has called for ensuring the protection of Afghan civilians, as new figures show an almost 40 per cent increase in conflict-related deaths in the first eight months of 2008 compared to the same period last year.

Killing of cameraman sparks UN concern for journalists in Kashmir

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting press freedom has deplored the death of a local television cameraman in Indian-administered Kashmir, and voiced concern for the safety of journalists in the area.

A year on, victims of deadly rioting in Nepal still awaiting justice – UN agency

The United Nations human rights agency today expressed concern that the findings of an independent panel probing four days of deadly rioting in Nepal last year following the murder of a local leader have still not been made public.

UN refugee agency warns returning Sri Lankans after eight drown in accident

The United Nations refugee agency voiced sadness today at the deaths of eight Sri Lankans who drowned while attempting to return to their homeland by boat from southern India.

Tajik sculptor Amri Aminov chosen as UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will formally designate the Tajik sculptor Amri Aminov as an Artist for Peace at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris tomorrow.