Middle East

Iraq: Annan condemns 'in strongest possible terms' killing of Muslim leader

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the terrorist attack in Iraq, which killed a leading Islamic leader and many others, and called on all political and religious groups there to refrain from further acts of violence.

UN Geneva office pays final tribute to victims of Baghdad terrorist attack

With music, poems, photos, rededication to the principles of the United Nations and a resounding pledge to continue their unfinished mission, over 2,000 people paid a final tribute today to the 22 victims of the terrorist bombing of the UN offices in Baghdad at a memorial service held at the world body's Geneva headquarters.

UN envoy for Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello laid to rest in Geneva

With memorial candles, flowers, a public church service and a private burial, the world bade farewell to Sergio Vieira de Mello today, nine days after the top United Nations envoy in Iraq and High Commissioner for Human Rights was killed by a terrorist's bomb in Baghdad.

Much more needs to be done to combat organized crime in Iraq - UN agency

Iraq is facing an upsurge in violent crime, including kidnapping and murder, as well as a strong possibility of increased drug trafficking, and despite progress achieved by United States-led authorities, much more needs to be done to fight organized crime, according to the findings of a United Nations crime-fighting mission released today.

UN agency postpones Iraqi repatriation from Iran because of terrorist bombing

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has postponed the first repatriation convoy of Iraqi refugees from Iran pending a security review after last week’s terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad.

UN staff worldwide march in silent memorial to those killed in Baghdad bombing

United Nations duty stations around the world organized silent marches today in memory of their colleagues and friends who were killed, and in solidarity with those who were injured, in the terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad last week.

Iraq: Security Council denounces ousted regime's killing of missing Kuwaitis

Following up on a report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the bodies of some of the 605 Kuwaitis missing since Iraq's invasion of 1990 had been found in mass graves in Iraq, the United Nations Security Council today denounced the killings as a "grave violation of human rights" by the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein.

UN aid agencies in Baghdad resume some work for first time since bomb blast

United Nations humanitarian agencies in Iraq resumed some of their emergency work in Baghdad over the weekend for the first time since a massive truck bomb destroyed the UN headquarters there last Tuesday, killing top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 22 others, and injuring scores more.

At envoy’s wake, Annan vows UN will complete work in Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to his envoy for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a massive terrorist bombing earlier this week, by vowing to honour his dying wish that the United Nations complete its mission in the war-ravaged nation.

Annan continues push for increased security in Iraq following terrorist bombing

Secretary-General Kofi Annan continued his push today for increased security for United Nations operations in Iraq after Tuesday’s deadly terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, meeting with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of the United Kingdom, main partner of the United States-led coalition running the occupied country.