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UNESCO chief condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist

Declaring journalism a vital element for democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Bangladeshi editor who had denounced far-left movements for turning into criminal gangs.

Annan welcomes coalition agreement on new Cambodian government

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of a coalition agreement by Cambodia's two main political parties that paves the way for the formation of a new government.

UN cultural agency designates additions to World Heritage List

One of the world's fastest glaciers and a rainforest with thousands of plant species are among the natural sites designated for conservation, while a royal mud pyramid in sub-Saharan Africa and a European fortification in North Africa have joined the listed world's cultural heritage in architecture, the United Nations said today.

In attack's aftermath, UN envoy vows continued registration drive in Afghanistan

Following a brutal attack that left two female electoral workers dead in Afghanistan on Saturday, the top United Nations envoy to the country today pledged to press on with preparations for balloting in the war-ravaged country.

UN envoy condemns deadly attack on female electoral staff in Afghanistan

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today voiced profound outrage at a deadly attack against electoral workers which left two women killed on the outskirts of Jalalabad.

DPR of Korea: UN envoy says impasse will only end with economic aid

There will be no resolution to the international tension over the nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) unless the impoverished Asian country receives support for its ailing economy, a United Nations envoy said today.

Food supply in Afghanistan remains unreliable, UN agency says

Unveiling figures showing that it delivered supplies to 2.1 million people across Afghanistan in the first quarter of this year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that the country remains heavily dependent on food aid.

UN and Afghanistan rights commission to hold dialogues on basic freedoms

The United Nations and Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission today announced the start of their joint effort to host dialogues across the country on whether basic rights are being respected.

Afghanistan: UN envoy expresses concern over deteriorating security

Voicing concern over the volatile security situation in Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy to the country today urged NATO to consider the importance of stability there, especially in the run-up to planned elections later this year.

Rocket-propelled grenades fired at UN refugee agency’s office in Afghanistan

Several rocket-propelled grenades were fired at an office of the United Nations refugee agency in southern Afghanistan today.