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Three UN refugee agency staff killed in Afghan suicide attack

Three employees of the United Nations refugee agency were killed and two others wounded today when suicide bombers and gunmen carried out an attack near the world body’s compound in southern Afghanistan.

Senior UN official arrives in Myanmar for five-day visit

A top United Nations official arrived today in Myanmar for a five-day visit during which he will meet with a number of Government officials and other key actors.

UN assistance gives Thai officials better monitoring data to deal with flood crisis

The United Nations has enabled disaster officials in Thailand, which its facing its worst floods in more than half a century, to have more frequent access to real-time satellite images of the inundations so they can better monitor and respond to the crisis.

Warning of lingering tensions, UN agency urges continued support for Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations refugee agency today called for continued support for southern Kyrgyzstan, noting that while the overall situation in the Central Asian nation is peaceful, tensions persist in some areas that suffered inter-communal violence last year.

As flood disaster worsens in Thailand, UN steps up relief efforts

The United Nations will provide 20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets in temporary shelters and other areas in flood-hit Thailand in a bid to protect people from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases, as weather forecasts predict more heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Needs of Pakistani flood survivors rise as winter approaches – UN

The needs of people affected by floods in Pakistan are rising as winter approaches and reported outbreaks of water- and vector-borne diseases, the United Nations reported today, warning that funding for humanitarian assistance in the country remains low, with stocks of some relief items severely depleted.

Number of UN-assisted returns to Afghanistan drops in 2011

The number of Afghan refugees returning home has dropped substantially this year, with some 60,000 repatriating in the first 10 months compared to more than 100,000 over the same period in 2010, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Ban stresses importance of accountability as Sri Lanka recovers from civil war

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war.

Cambodia needs to adopt independent judiciary, democratic pluralism – UN

Despite progress in the 20 years since the Paris peace agreements ended decades of fighting in Cambodia, much still needs to be done to fulfil the promise of the accords, including instituting an independent judiciary and a fully pluralist democracy, a United Nations expert warned on Sunday.

UNESCO condemns killing of Philippine radio journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the murder of a radio commentator from the southern Philippines who had campaigned against mining operators and their impact on local indigenous communities.