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West Africa: UNICEF seeks details on fate of children aboard alleged slave ship

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is trying to gather information today on the fate of children reported to have been on a slave ship that docked last night in Benin, a UN spokesman told the press in New York.

Iraq earns an additional 418 million euros under UN oil-for-food programme

Iraq has earned an additional €418 million (euros) under the United Nations "oil-for-food" programme which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief, the UN announced today.

Africa requires massive funding to help stem health crisis, experts tell UN panel

Addressing an expert panel at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a Harvard University professor today made an impassioned appeal for massive assistance to help Africa stem its current health crisis.

Informal talks on climate change to take place in New York

Some 40 ministers and senior government officials will gather this weekend in New York to take stock of the political situation since the suspension of climate change negotiations in The Hague last November, according to the meeting's organizers.

Basic rights "continuously at risk" in Colombia, top UN rights official says

Fundamental human rights - particularly the right to life and personal security - are "continuously at risk" in Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.

Middle East: Annan "deeply disturbed" by escalation of attacks across Blue Line

Concerned by recent escalation of military operations across the line of withdrawal between Lebanon and Israel, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today emphasized the need to respect the Blue Line and stressed that it was vital for the governments and parties concerned to act with "utmost restraint."

Access to gold, diamonds is driving force in DR of Congo war: UN report

The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has become mainly about access by foreign armies to the country's rich mineral resources, according to a United Nations report released today in New York.

Annan recommends extending UN Office in Angola to help peace efforts

With fighting continuing in many parts of Angola, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the United Nations office in the country be extended through mid-October to help support efforts to bring peace to the country.

UNICEF set to aid children trapped aboard alleged slave ship off Africa coast

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, has set up a centre in Benin to assist the children who are aboard an alleged slave ship that has not been seen in four days since it was turned away by authorities in Gabon and Cameroon, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

UN committee on security in Central Africa opens meeting in Bujumbura

A United Nations committee which aims to foster security and development in Central Africa opened a week-long session in Bujumbura, Burundi, today.