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UN in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack on de-miners in central region

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned the killing of eight Afghan de-miners and the wounding of another three in an attack in what remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

Ahead of Afghan run-off election, UN calls for improved polling process

As Afghans prepare to vote in the presidential run-off, senior United Nations officials in the country are calling on key stakeholders to improve the electoral process, and reminding policymakers that Afghan men, women and children should be meaningfully involved in the peace efforts and future direction of their country.

UN agency concerned about reported abuse as thousands continue to flee Myanmar

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was receiving increasing reports of abuse and exploitation as people continue to seek safety overseas two years after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Pakistan: Ban strongly condemns latest terrorist attacks

Strongly condemning yesterday’s attacks in Pakistan – which reportedly left more than 50 people dead in the wake of separate assaults on the country’s main airport in Karachi, and on busloads of Shia pilgrims in Baluchistan – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Government step up its efforts to tackle terrorism and religious extremism.

Afghan people will 'not be deterred,' declares UN envoy, condemning latest terrorist bombing

Following yesterday's “appalling” suicide bomb attack in Kabul against the convoy of a presidential candidate, the top United Nations official in Afghanistan has condemned the incident and reiterated his belief that the Afghan people will “not be deterred by such acts of terror.”

Afghanistan: condemning latest Kabul attack, Security Council deplores all 'attempts to disrupt elections'

Emphasizing its ongoing support for Afghanistan's democratic process, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today's bomb attack in Kabul, which caused a number of deaths and injuries to civilians and security personnel.

UN seeks to strengthen disaster readiness with launch of ‘Tacloban Declaration’

As the Philippines continues to rebuild from Typhoon Haiyan, the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction is among the more than 150 representatives, mostly from Asia and Europe, participating in a conference that will detail new policies and principles involving disaster preparation.

Thousands of homes destroyed as more floods strike northern Afghanistan – UN

New flash floods in northern Afghanistan over the weekend have affected thousands of homes and washed away agricultural land and roads, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today, noting that the number of people affected by flooding nationwide now stands at 140,000.

China: UN rights chief urges release of detained activists ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the detention of civil society activists, lawyers and journalists in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, while also stressing the need to establish the facts surrounding what transpired between 3 and 4 June 1989.

UN rights experts call for urgent measures to protect Pakistan’s religious minorities

Independent United Nations human rights experts today called on Pakistan to adopt urgent measures to stop faith-based killings and ensure the security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is outlawed in the country.