Middle East

UN nuclear and chemical warfare experts team up to probe Iraqi facility

United Nations nuclear and chemical experts today joined forces to inspect a facility in Iraq suspected of involvement in the country's prohibited weapons programme.

UN inspectors continue weapons probe across Iraq

Travelling by air and over land, United Nations arms inspectors today continued to fan out across Iraq probing the country's suspected covert weapons programme.

UN military observers in Golan Heights recover body of slain Syrian

Following earlier news that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed one Syrian and reportedly captured another in the northern Golan Heights, United Nations military observers in the region confirmed today that they were able to get to the site of the incident and recover the body of the deceased man.

Polish general appointed commander of UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed of a senior military officer from Poland as the Force Commander of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).

Iraq: UN inspectors visit medical importer, chemical plant

United Nations weapons inspectors continued their checks of facilities in Iraq today, visiting a medical equipment importer and a chemical plant.

UN arms experts press forward with inspections in Iraq

As the chief United Nations inspectors briefed the Security Council today in New York, UN arms experts in Iraq pressed forward with their probe on the ground.

Many holes in Iraqi arms declaration but no 'smoking gun,' UN inspectors say

The top United Nations weapons inspectors today said there were still many unanswered questions in Iraq's arms declaration although investigations on the ground so far have not uncovered any "smoking guns."

Israeli gunfire in Golan Heights leaves one Syrian dead, UN mission says

United Nations military observers in the Golan Heights have said that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed one Syrian and reportedly captured another yesterday just north of the intersection of the Jordanian, Israeli and Syrian borders.

Senior UN envoy in Saudi Arabia for talks on Middle East peace initiatives

A senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, is in Saudi Arabia for talks with officials on various initiatives striving to achieve peace in the region.

Top UN arms experts set to brief Security Council on Iraq inspections

Just a little more than one month after Iraq handed over a 12,000-page dossier on its weapons programme, the top United Nations arms inspectors are preparing to give the Security Council a preliminary assessment of their investigations on the ground.