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UN calls for release of its three abducted workers in Afghanistan

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today issued an impassioned appeal for the immediate release of three international workers who were abducted on 28 October.

UN officials welcome Southeast Asian agreement on human trafficking

United Nations officials today hailed the signing of a cooperation agreement by six Southeast Asian countries to tackle the scourge of human trafficking.

UN still seeking release of abducted election workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations continues to be in touch with authorities in Afghanistan as it seeks to obtain the immediate and unconditional release of three foreign election workers abducted yesterday, a UN spokesman said Friday.

Thailand: UN human rights chief demands swift probe into killings

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has called upon authorities in Thailand to comply with international law by thoroughly investigating the killing earlier this week of 87 demonstrators in the southern part of the country.

UN rights expert calls for 'unimpeded access' to DPR of Korea

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the international community to persuade the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reverse its policy of imposing restrictions on the movement of UN agencies involved in humanitarian programmes.

Three UN electoral workers abducted in Afghanistan

Three international staff contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work on Afghanistan's first-ever presidential elections earlier this month have been abducted by a group of armed men from a UN vehicle in the country's capital, a UN spokesman said today.

Murder of Bangladeshi journalist condemned by UNESCO chief

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Bangladeshi journalist and voiced concern about the increasing frequency of such killings in the country.

Rich nations can also suffer from natural disasters, says UN agency chief

The deadly typhoons and earthquakes that have recently struck Japan illustrates that even wealthy countries are vulnerable to natural hazards, the head of the United Nations disaster-reduction body said today.

UNICEF calls for action to stop trafficking of Laotian children

Children - often girls forced into prostitution - are being trafficked throughout Laos and across its borders, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, calling for urgent measures in response.

Latest figures from UN-Afghan body show Karzai set to win presidential race

Afghanistan's interim President Hamid Karzai holds an insurmountable lead over his rivals with almost all of the votes now counted from the country's historic election on 9 October, the United Nations-Afghan body charged with supervising the poll process announced today.