Europe

UN Secretary-General to meet with Russian President on trip to Moscow

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet with top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, as part of a visit to Moscow next month, a UN spokesman announced today.

Kosovo: Security Council members condemn bomb attack in Pristina

Security Council members today condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack" carried out in Pristina yesterday, and insisted that the perpetrators be "brought quickly to justice."

Effective response key in reducing impacts of Chernobyl-like disasters: UN official

A top United Nations official today said an effective emergency response mechanism was essential in lessening the impact of technological disasters like the Chernobyl catastrophe.

UN Kosovo mission condemns car bomb attack in Pristina

A car bomb explosion in the centre of Pristina today killed one person and injured four others, the United Nations mission in Kosovo reported.

Referendum lacks international support, says top UN official in Kosovo

The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, Hans Haekkerup, today told the Kosovo Transitional Council (KTC) that the idea of referendum did not have the support of the international community and went beyond the provisional period of self-government.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: NATO's troops raid bank suspected of corruption

Troops from NATO's Stabilization Force (SFOR) today seized documents from the headquarters of an allegedly corrupt bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina, drawing no protests in contrast to previous raids, when demonstrators clashed with SFOR, UN and other international personnel.

Kosovo: Serbs stage protests at UN tax collection centres

Responding to a series of demonstrations held by Kosovo Serbs to protest the setting up of tax collection centres in northern Kosovo, the United Nations mission in the province said today that the establishment of these points was "nothing new" and that all Kosovars would gain from the collected revenues.

Srebrenica massacre suspect to enter plea at UN tribunal on Wednesday

A Bosnian Serb facing genocide charges for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre is scheduled to make his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday, the Hague-based court announced today.

Srebrenica massacre suspect transferred to UN tribunal at The Hague

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today welcomed the recent detention of an alleged leader of the 1995 massacre against Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica.

Steps needed to stem accidental deaths of dolphins in North Sea -- UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has backed a call for limits on the number of dolphins and porpoises accidentally killed by fishing nets in the North Sea.