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Registration of political parties begins in East Timor

The registration of political parties and independent candidates for the upcoming election to East Timor's Constituent Assembly began on a positive note today, the United Nations Interim Administration in the territory said, citing electoral officials.

Annan calls sentences in West Timor killings "wholly unacceptable"

Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "shocked" to learn of the light sentences handed down by a Jakarta court today to six men in connection with the murders of United Nations relief workers last year in West Timor, according to a statement issued today by his spokesman.

UN refugee official to hold high-level meetings in Pakistan on plight of Afghans

The top United Nations refugee official is in Pakistan today where he is to meet with high-level officials and tour areas hosting refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan in a bid to improve the relief effort in the region.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.

Afghanistan: Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

A high-level Taliban minister said today that the group would not honour a temporary truce that was sought by the visiting head of the United Nations refugee agency in an effort to bring aid to vulnerable Afghans currently inaccessible in the conflict-ravaged country.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.

East Timor: UN prosecutor files third indictment for crimes against humanity

The Prosecutor General of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today filed an indictment against two militia members charged with committing crimes against humanity during the territory's post-referendum violence in September 1999.

UN's top refugee official urges Afghan sides to halt fire so aid can go through

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged all sides in Afghanistan's conflict to halt their fighting so that relief workers can reach those in need.

East Timor: in advance of election, UN launches training for women candidates

In preparation for upcoming elections to East Timor's Constituent Assembly, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) began today a programme designed to bring more women into the political process.

Foundation stone laid for earthquake shelters in India: UN

The foundation stone for the construction of essential earthquake-proof shelters in Gujarat, India, has been laid, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.