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First trial for 1999 crimes against humanity opens in East Timor

Eleven defendants went on trial in Dili today for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during the pre- and post-ballot violence in 1999, the first such case to be prosecuted in United Nations administered East Timor.

East Timor: police officers suspected of rape will enjoy no immunity, UN official says

The United Nations will provide no special protection to two UN police officers currently in detention in Dili in connection with the alleged rape of an East Timorese woman, the head of the mission in the territory said today.

East Timor: Timor Sea accord initialled; Fréchette completes 4-day visit

A breakthrough treaty between East Timor and Australia on resources in the Timor Sea was endorsed by senior officials in Dili today at a ceremony attended by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette and other dignitaries.

Timor Sea arrangement, negotiated by UN, approved by East Timor cabinet

An Arrangement between the East Timor Transitional Administration and the Australian Government was approved today, giving East Timor 90 per cent of the revenues from the oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said on Tuesday.

Ban on poppy farming in Afghanistan leads to drop in opium production: UN

Opium production has dropped significantly around the globe, thanks largely to the ban on opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the world's leading producer, according to a new report released today by the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP).

Annan presents FDR International Disability Award to Thailand

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award to Thailand, praising the country for its "remarkable progress" in supporting persons with disabilities.

East Timor: UN registration effort reaches 93 per cent of population

Approximately 93 per cent of the estimated population in East Timor have been registered in advance of upcoming elections, the United Nations mission in the territory announced today.

Seven asylum seekers from DPR of Korea arrive in Seoul

Seven asylum seekers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who had sought help at the United Nations refugee agency's office in Beijing arrived in Seoul over the weekend, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN reports success of 'Adopt-A-Minefield' campaign in Afghanistan

A privately funded effort to remove landmines called "Adopt-a-Minefield" has achieved its best results in Afghanistan, the United Nations announced today.