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Top UN envoy calls for probe into murder of female colleague in Afghanistan

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has joined the world body''s human rights and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in condemning the murder of a female Afghan colleague in the volatile eastern province of Nangarhar and calling for an investigation into the killing.

Security Council condemns ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in Mumbai

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that started on 26 November, which included the taking of hostages and caused numerous deaths and injuries in India’s financial capital.

In northern Kyrgyzstan, UN refugee agency funds school and sanitation projects

The United Nations refugee agency is supporting school and sanitation projects in rural areas of northern Kyrgyzstan that have served as home to former refugees from neighbouring Tajikistan

UN aid agencies bring relief to flood-hit northern Sri Lanka

Three United Nations agencies are offering relief to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans who have been displaced from their homes after floods struck at least five districts in the north of the island nation this week.

Opium trade finances Taliban war machine, says UN drug tsar

The opium industry is largely funding the Taliban''s war budget and is a major source of revenue for criminal groups and terrorists in Afghanistan despite becoming less important to the country''s overall economy, according to a United Nations report released in London today.

Security Council urges Afghans to avoid recriminations, strengthen efforts

A Security Council mission wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan today urging the country's leaders and its international partners to intensify their efforts in bringing stability and security to the war-torn country while expressing cautious optimism for its future.

Iran: Government takes hard line on supporters of rights of women - UN experts

Two independent United Nations experts on human rights issues today voiced deep concern over the Iranian Government's increasingly severe crackdown on advocates of the rights of women in recent years.

Ban deplores coordinated terror attacks in Mumbai

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned tonight''s coordinated series of shootings and blasts by terrorists in Mumbai, which have killed or wounded scores of people in India''s commercial capital and largest city.

UN agency kicks off food operation ahead of Kyrgyzstan’s brutal winter

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is launching an emergency operation to help 580,000 vulnerable people this winter in Kyrgyzstan, where many families are struggling as a result of high food prices and the global economic slowdown.

UNESCO chief deplores killing of another Filipino journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of Philippine journalist Aresio Padrigao, the sixth media professional to be murdered in the South-East Asian nation this year.