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UN agency distributes food to needy Afghans stranded on Tajik border

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it had resumed its assistance to needy Afghans stranded on an island on the Afghan-Tajik border.

UN development agency brings solar power to rural Bangladesh

New projects supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are bringing solar power to small towns in Bangladesh, enabling extremely poor families to increase their income and improve their quality of life, the UN agency said today.

Annan welcomes moves by India and Pakistan towards possible summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed moves by India and Pakistan that could lead to a summit meeting between the two South Asian countries.

UN officials decry reported Taliban edict on singling out non-Muslims

United Nations officials today decried a reported proposal by the Taliban which would require all non-Muslims in Afghanistan to wear identity labels on their clothing.

Annan to send envoy to Myanmar to help facilitate reconciliation process

An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will visit Myanmar next week to help facilitate the process of democratization and national reconciliation there, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

70,000 Afghan refugees in makeshift camp in Pakistan get emergency aid from UN

Extremely concerned at the plight of some 70,000 Afghan refugees living in an insecure, makeshift site in Pakistan, the United Nations has begun providing them with temporary emergency assistance pending a more permanent decision on their relocation.

UN mission in East Timor reports agreement on new draft labour law

Three days of consultations between the East Timor Transitional Administration, employers, workers and members of civic society have yielded an agreement on a draft labour code, UNTAET, the UN Transitional Administration in the territory, said today in Dili.

Over half of East Timorese registered to vote, UN Mission says

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that it had registered almost 54 per cent of the territory's population in preparation for the 30 August elections of a Constituent Assembly.

UN refugee agency voices concern over Cambodia's expulsion of Vietnamese

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was "extremely concerned" about reports that some Vietnamese asylum seekers have been deported from Cambodia over recent months.

Taliban shuts down 4 UN political offices in Afghanistan

Following through on a decision announced earlier this month, the Taliban has shut down all but two United Nations political offices in Afghanistan, a United Nations spokesman reported today.