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Myanmar authorities must do more to curb abuses against the Rohingya – UN expert

The fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident.

UN mission deplores deadly attack against Afghan government workers

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned today’s attack against government employees in the capital, Kabul, which killed at least 17 civilians and injured 40 – the latest incident amid a worsening security environment in the country.

Nepal joins new UN initiative protecting journalists

The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today launched a new project in Nepal aimed at increasing the safety of journalists and ending impunity in the crimes against media and media professionals, while also contributing to the overall peace effort in the country.

Up to 140,000 people still displaced one year after communal clashes in Myanmar – UN

Up to 140,000 people remain displaced a year after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN chief welcomes agreement between Seoul, Pyongyang to hold talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea on their agreement to hold talks.

Back from Afghanistan, Pakistan, senior UN official urges additional humanitarian funds

Additional funding is needed for Afghanistan and Pakistan if the United Nations humanitarian community and its partners are to deliver lifesaving services and assist the South Asian countries in developing their potentials, a senior United Nations relief official said following a visit to the region.

UN strongly condemns deadly attacks in eastern Afghanistan

The United Nations strongly condemned the two deadly attacks which took place today in eastern Afghanistan that left at least 19 people dead, including a dozen children.

UN and Japan sign agreement to combat illicit drugs and human trafficking

The United Nations and the Government of Japan today agreed to enhance regional cooperation to fight the trade of illicit narcotics and human trafficking, as well as terrorism and cybercrime in Africa and Southeast Asia.