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On anniversary of Gagarin flight, Annan says space exploration should benefit all

On the day marking two landmarks in the history of space exploration -- the fortieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space flight and the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the first space shuttle -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said space exploration should advance the "twin objectives" of maintaining international peace and security and promoting international cooperation.

UN racism expert to examine indigenous rights during planned visit to Australia

A United Nations human rights expert will examine the rights of indigenous people in Australia during a visit to the country later this month, the UN announced today.

Senegal added to UN list of "least developed countries"

The United Nations General Assembly this morning added Senegal to its list of "least developed countries" -- bringing the total number of such countries to 49.

Latin America entering new century with well-documented social lag, UN reports

Latin America is entering the twenty-first century with a well-documented social lag, the United Nations economic commission for the region reports.

World Bank names law enforcement expert to fight fraud and corruption

The World Bank has appointed a director to head up its newly-created anti-corruption department that will investigate allegations of fraud within the organization's staff or in projects it funds.

UN agencies suggest ways to prevent health risks of genetically modified foods

Confronting complex issues stemming from biotechnology, two United Nations agencies today issued new recommendations to help protect consumers from risks that some genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could pose for certain people who suffer from food allergies.

Middle East: Annan calls for urgent steps to stem violence, build confidence

Reacting to the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for urgent steps to control the situation and bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

Annan welcomes end to US-China dispute

Welcoming the reported end to the dispute between China and the United States over an aerial incident, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he had spoken to Washington and be in contact with Beijing shortly.

Relief needs in DR of Congo outweigh available funds: top UN aid official

Wrapping up a six-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top United Nations humanitarian official today warned that the scope of the country's relief needs was far greater than the resources available to aid organizations in the country.

Kosovo: Serb representative rejoins panel on legal framework for self-government

A Kosovo Serb representative has rejoined the committee finalizing the legal framework for the province's provisional self-government, the United Nations mission in Kosovo reported today.