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UN refugee chief urges sustained support for Kyrgyzstan’s displaced

The top United Nations refugee official today urged the international community not to forget the plight of the thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan, as he continued his visit to the Central Asian nation.

UNESCO chief decries murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Faiz Mohammad Khan Sasoli and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

Security major challenge for Afghanistan in the coming months, says UN envoy

Security will be a major challenge in what is gearing up as a critical period for Afghanistan, which will be hosting a major international conference in the capital next month and holding parliamentary elections in September, the top United Nations envoy there said today.

Hollywood star visits Afghanistan to shine light on UN de-mining campaign

The actor Jeremy Renner, who shot to fame playing a bomb disposal expert in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, has wrapped up a five-day visit to Afghanistan to highlight the real-life efforts of the United Nations to remove landmines from the war-scarred country.

Attack on UN vehicle in Afghan capital leaves one staff member dead

The United Nations has confirmed that one of its vehicles was shot at this morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, resulting in the death of one staff member.

UN issues warning on shelter as refugees return in large numbers to Kyrgyzstan

Fewer than 400 of the estimated 100,000 refugees who fled when violence erupted in Kyrgyzstan nearly three weeks ago remain in Uzbekistan, the United Nations reported today, warning that that most of the returnees and the people who are internally displaced have no proper shelter after their homes were destroyed during the unrest.

Energy and environment underpin UN industrial arm’s cooperation with Azerbaijan

Issues surrounding energy and the environment continue to be a priority area for collaboration between Azerbaijan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the body’s head stressed today.

UN welcomes smooth and peaceful conduct of Kyrgyz referendum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for Kyrgyzstan have welcomed the peaceful and orderly conduct of the constitutional referendum held yesterday in the Central Asian nation, noting the good turnout for the poll despite the recent violence.

Mass returns of civilians reported amid tense but improving situation in Kyrgyzstan – UN

United Nations agencies today reported that the situation in Kyrgyzstan is relatively calm but still tense and that large numbers of those uprooted by the recent violence are returning to their homes, while adding that relief workers are still having difficulty reaching all those in need.

Ban pays tribute as anniversary of Korean war is remembered

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid glowing tribute to soldiers from 22 countries who fought in the Korean conflict 60 years ago, saying they had helped turn destruction in his native Republic of Korea into democracy and prosperity.