Middle East

Top UN envoy congratulates Iraq on capturing football’s Asian Cup

Congratulating Iraq’s football team on its victory in the Asian Cup, the senior United Nations envoy in Baghdad today urged the people of the war-torn country to realize this potential for victory in other aspects of their national life.

Lebanon: UN force sharpens skills with live fire training exercise

The Field Artillery Group, part of the Quick Reaction Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) carried out a major live fire training exercise today to hone its skills and expertise.

UN launches $129 million appeal to educate Iraqi children who have fled their homeland

Warning that a generation of Iraqis could grow up uneducated and alienated, the United Nations today launched a $129 million appeal to ensure that tens of thousands of uprooted children who have fled their homeland can resume their education.

UN refugee agency deplores reported forced return of Iraqis by Turkey

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking urgent clarification from Turkish authorities on reports that over 100 Iraqis – some of whom may have been seeking asylum – have been forcibly returned to their country this week.

Secretary-General voices shock and sadness over bomb attack on Iraqi soccer fans

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he was “shocked and saddened” over two bomb attacks reportedly claiming the lives of over 50 innocent civilians celebrating the Iraqi national football team’s “inspiring victory” in the Asian Games.

Middle East: UN envoy voices optimism on recent political developments

The United Nations Middle East envoy today voiced optimism on recent political developments, most notably the re-engagement of the international community and Israel with the Government of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

UN nuclear watchdog agency announces upcoming visit to Iran

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that its inspectors will visit Iran’s Arak reactor early next week, ahead of further talks planned for next month.

Lebanon: UN blue helmet killed while clearing unexploded ordnance

A peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) died today from the explosion of ordnance, a spokesperson for the world body said.

UN agencies join forces to help Yemen battle locust outbreaks

Two United Nations agencies are facilitating the donation of pesticides from Mauritania to Yemen in a bid to help the country deal with its worst locust outbreak in nearly 15 years.

Lebanon: Ban Ki-moon asks Netherlands to consider hosting Hariri tribunal

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands inviting the country’s Government to consider hosting the Special Tribunal on the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.