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Senior UN envoy appeals for end to brutal attacks in Afghanistan

A senior United Nations official in Afghanistan has appealed for an end to brutal attacks such as the one that killed a large number of civilians in Kandahar province, the fourth incident of its kind in as many weeks to claim innocent lives.

UN agency deeply concerned about safety of displaced Sri Lankans

The United Nations refugee agency said it is deeply concerned about the safety of the more than 250,000 displaced people in northern Sri Lanka after reports of security incidents inside the camps where they are taking shelter.

UN mobilizes relief efforts after deadly tsunami strikes South Pacific

United Nations aid agencies are working with authorities across the South Pacific to help coordinate relief efforts after a tsunami struck Samoa, American Samoa and an island in northern Tonga, killing dozens of people, swamping towns and villages, and damaging vital infrastructure.

Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing concludes second visit to Pakistan

Members of the independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto have completed their second visit to Pakistan.

Lack of drainage systems exacerbated impact of deadly typhoon in the Philippines – UN

Poor drainage systems and garbage disposal problems aggravated the impact of a typhoon that struck the Philippines at the weekend and killed hundreds of people, the United Nations disaster prevention agency says as it stressed the need for governments to make greater investments before other catastrophes strike.

Deadly Indonesian earthquakes leave 75 dead and thousands trapped, UN reports

Devastating back-to-back earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra today, killing at least 75 people and leaving thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported.

UN rights envoy voices concern for 250,000 displaced Sri Lankans trapped in camps

Expressing deep concern for over a quarter million Sri Lankans who remain forcibly confined to overcrowded displacement camps after fleeing a Government military offensive against Tamil separatist rebels, a United Nations independent expert today urged authorities to accelerate their release.

UN speeds assistance to Filipino children hit by tropical storm as death count climbs

As the rising death toll from the tropical storm that struck the Philippines over the weekend climbs to 240 people, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced it has rushed emergency relief supplies to the value of $143,000 to the affected children and their families.

Coming weeks critical for Afghanistan’s future, top UN envoy says

The next several weeks will be critical for the future of Afghanistan, which is awaiting the final outcome of last month’s presidential election and the formation of a new government, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.

UN officials push for investment in ‘green’ growth for developing countries

Senior United Nations officials today called for any new greenhouse gas emissions pact, slated to be agreed at a December conference in Copenhagen, to ensure support for developing countries to embark on environmentally friendly development paths.