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UN to consider efforts by eight countries to prevent and punish torture

A lead United Nations human rights body has convened in Geneva to review measures adopted by eight UN Member States to prevent and punish acts of torture.

Foundation stone laid for earthquake shelters in India: UN

The foundation stone for the construction of essential earthquake-proof shelters in Gujarat, India, has been laid, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.

77 more police cadets graduate in East Timor: UN

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today announced that 77 more police cadets have graduated from the Timor Lorosa'e police academy in Dili -- bringing the total number of officers performing in the territory to 706.

Annan, Security Council deplore murders of relief staff in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations Security Council today expressed distress at the killings of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged parties to the conflict to ensure safe access by humanitarian agencies.

Security Council extends UN's Western Sahara mission for two months

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend for two months, until June 30, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was set up in 1991 to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence and integration into Morocco.

Security Council mission to check progress towards peace in Great Lakes region

Members of the United Nations Security Council will visit the Great Lakes region of Africa next month to monitor the progress made towards peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, a UN spokesperson announced today.

Comoros: Annan appeals to all parties to adhere to reconciliation agreement

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all parties in the Comoros to adhere to a reconciliation agreement they signed earlier this year aimed at ending the country's secessionist crisis.

Annan departs Abuja as anti-AIDS summit concludes with call to fight epidemic

Secretary-General Kofi Annan concluded his trip to Abuja, Nigeria, today, as the African Summit on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases ended with the signing of a declaration calling for an expanded effort to combat AIDS.

UN to begin massive evacuation of refugees from Guinea's "Parrot's Beak"

In a massive relocation exercise expected to take a month, the United Nations will start evacuating tens of thousands of refugees from the volatile "Parrot's Beak" region of southern Guinea next week, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

Rural development and market access keys to fighting hunger in Africa: UN

A firm commitment to investment in agriculture and rural development was key in any effort to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.