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Khmer Rouge victims participate in ‘historic day’ at UN-backed tribunal

Cambodians who suffered under the rule of the Khmer Rouge participated for the first time today in the United Nations-backed tribunal trying the movement’s leaders.

Ban Ki-moon applauds India’s ‘unfailing’ assistance to Nepalese

India has played a vital and long-standing role in helping the people of Nepal and also in supporting the efforts of the United Nations across the South Asian region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

As temperatures dip to record lows in Tajikistan, UN rushes in aid

With temperatures in Tajikistan dipping to their lowest levels in a quarter of a century, the United Nations is rushing emergency supplies to over 1,000 desperate refugees there.

Nepal issues exit permits for refugees from Bhutan – UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed Nepal's recent decision to issue exit permits to refugees from Bhutan so they can be resettled in third countries.

Earthquake caused ‘no significant damage’ to Japanese nuclear plant – IAEA

The impact of an earthquake last year on the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan caused no major harm to safety equipment, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.

Five Indonesians succumb to bird flu infection – UN health agency

Five Indonesians living in the west of Java, the most populous island in the Asian archipelago, have become the latest human fatalities from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.

Senior UN official visits Nepal for human rights assessment

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang kicked off a five-day trip to Nepal today to assess the rights situation in the landlocked South Asian nation.

UN envoy discusses Myanmar with Indian officials

As part of his ongoing efforts to promote democratic change in Myanmar, the United Nations envoy to the South-East Asian nation today wrapped up consultations in New Delhi with Indian officials, who assured him of their continuing support.

Nepal: UN envoy speaks out against bombing of election rally

The top United Nations envoy to Nepal strongly condemned today’s bomb attack at a rally promoting the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, saying violence and intimidation are inconsistent with the country’s transition to democracy.

Ban Ki-moon sends condolences on death of Indonesia’s Suharto

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the death of former President Suharto.