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UN session on AIDS enters second day amid calls for concrete action to curb epidemic

As the United Nations General Assembly's special session on HIV/AIDS entered its second day, speakers at the Assembly's first-ever session on a health issue expressed hope that the watershed event would spur genuine international solidarity and action to tackle the pandemic.

Security Council holds open debate on oil-for-food programme for Iraq

Members of the Security Council today expressed divergent views on how to proceed with proposed changes to the sanctions regime against Iraq, during an open meeting held one week before the current phase of the United Nations humanitarian programme for the country is set to expire.

FYR of Macedonia: Annan calls on parties to honour ceasefire agreement

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called upon the parties to the crisis in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to fully honour the ceasefire agreement and "to reinvigorate their efforts" towards a political settlement.

Western Sahara: new proposal aims to bring parties to the table, UN envoy says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's envoy for Western Sahara told the Security Council today that the new proposal contained in Mr. Annan's recent report was aimed at bringing the two sides to the table and did not mean abandoning the current settlement plan, which calls for a referendum to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence or integration with Morocco.

UN marks Day of support for victims of torture, urges action to end practice

In a continuing bid to eradicate the practice of torture, top United Nations officials today used the occasion of the annual observance of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture to call for renewed efforts to end impunity and prevent cruel treatment and punishment.

Positive power of sports highlighted on UN Day against Drug Abuse

The United Nations system today seized the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking to highlight the positive power of sports in reducing the demand for illegal drugs.

Death toll in Peru earthquake reaches 97, UN relief office says

The death toll from the earthquake that shook southern Peru over the weekend has reached 97 today, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

UNHCR plans to speak to Liberians aboard ship stranded off West Africa coast

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it was planning to interview a group of 150 Liberians on board a Swedish-registered ship that was able to dock on Tuesday in Lagos, Nigeria, after a month-long odyssey along the coast of West Africa.

UN refugee agency helps Korean family seeking asylum in China

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is attempting to help a family from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that requested asylum this morning at the organization's office in Beijing, China.

At UN tribunal, former Rwandan mayor pleads not guilty to genocide charges

Making his initial appearance before a judge at the United Nations war crimes tribunal, the former mayor of a commune in Rwanda pleaded not guilty today to five counts charging him with genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the 1994 massacres in the country.