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Afghan opium production nearly halved, UN report finds

Afghan opium production has decreased by almost 50 per cent this year, the United Nations said in a new report released today, while cautioning that rising prices on the global market may induce farmers to cultivate more of the lucrative crop.

Many Pakistani flood victims returning to their places of origin – UN

The United Nations humanitarian arm said today that the majority of people displaced by the floods in Pakistan have either returned to their places of origin or are doing so, except in Sindh, one of the worst-hit provinces.

Cambodia: UN rights expert voices concerns over freedom of expression

Defamation laws are being used disproportionately in Cambodia against journalists, activists and politicians, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning against a narrowing of the political space in the South-East Asian country.

Pakistan must rein in terrorism, top Indian official tells UN

India’s Foreign Minister issued a call from the General Assembly podium today for Pakistan to fulfil its commitment of not allowing its territory to be used by terrorists acting against India.

Thailand committed to democracy, Foreign Minister tells UN

Thailand is committed to the principles of democracy and human rights, the South-East Asian nation’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing that the Government is striving to heal political and social divisions within the country.

With Afghan elections over, time to refocus on peace and development – UN

With a series of important political events having taken place this year, it is now time for Afghanistan and its partners to focus on the road ahead in ensuring peace and development for the country, a top United Nations official said today.

At UN, DPR Korea pushes for replacing Republic of Korea armistice with peace pact

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today at the General Assembly called for talks to begin as early as possible to replace the Armistice with a peace agreement.

UN chief hopes China and Japan can amicably resolve current differences

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that China and Japan can amicably resolve their current differences, in light of the recent tensions that arose between the East Asian neighbours over a boat collision near disputed territory.

Timorese police resume responsibility from UN for key security bodies

The Timorese national police force today resumed primary responsibility for the fledgling nation’s Immigration Department, Border Patrol Unit and Interpol Office from the United Nations as the gradual transfer of security functions continues.

Japan becomes first-ever Asian nation to resettle refugees – UN

Flashing cameras and well-wishers’ applause greeted 18 refugees when they touched down today in Tokyo, where they will begin new lives as part of Asia’s first-ever resettlement programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported.