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UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina extended for 3 days; US vetoes longer term

After the United States had vetoed a move to extend the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) until the end of this year, the Security Council this evening approved a three-day extension of the Mission's mandate, which was due to expire at midnight on 30 June.

Security Council postpones action on UN's Bosnia mission

With the end of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) fast approaching, the Security Council today postponed action on the issue, which has hit an impasse over a United States proposal to exempt peacekeepers from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN tribunal to focus on prosecuting only high-ranking political, military leaders

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today emphasized that it will concentrate its prosecutions on the highest-ranking political and military leaders accused of war crimes.

More than half of Kosovo's population lives in poverty, UN reports

With more than half of Kosovo's population living in poverty, the province faces several obstacles to further economic growth, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today in a just-released report.

In Barcelona, Nane Annan commends Rotary International for humanitarian works

Nane Annan, the wife of the United Nations Secretary-General, today paid tribute to Rotary International for its "outstanding volunteer efforts in the service of humanity," in an address to the organization's annual convention in Barcelona.

UN judges order medical exam of Milosevic as illness delays trial

As the genocide trial of Slobodan Milosevic remains delayed by his recent illness, judges at the United Nations war crimes tribunal today ordered the former Yugoslav President to undergo a medical examination.

UN efforts in Kosovo show no one 'above the law,' Security Council told

Efforts by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to strengthen policing in the province, including the recent arrests of suspects in cases pending from 1999, showed that "no one is above the law," a senior UN official told the Security Council today.

Kosovo: economic advisory body to UN Mission discusses gambling regulation

An economic advisory body to the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) has begun debate on unregulated gambling activities in the province.

Launching Chernobyl disaster web site, Annan urges rededicated relief efforts

Stressing the human dimension of the Chernobyl disaster and the continued suffering of its victims 16 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged countries to recommit themselves to an active role in the relief effort.

UN envoy welcomes assurances concerning voluntary return of Chechen refugees

Concluding a weeklong trip to the Russian Federation today, the United Nations envoy for war-affected children welcomed assurances by government authorities that refugees from Chechnya would not be returned against their will.