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Kenya: three locally hired UNHCR staff plead 'not guilty' to extortion charges

Three staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today pleaded "not guilty" to charges that they had extorted money from refugees seeking resettlement in Kenya.

Nane Annan helps launch "Say Yes for Children" campaign in Europe

In Turkey today, Nane Annan, the wife of the United Nations Secretary-General, participated in the regional launch of an unprecedented global campaign on behalf of children, urging the world community to "say yes" to a 10-point appeal for children's rights.

40 States support resumed negotiations on climate change, UN says

Senior officials from 40 countries - including 25 environment ministers - have expressed their support for the resumption of formal talks on climate change due to take place in Germany in July, a United Nations spokesman said today.

List of nominees for judges at UN war crimes tribunal sent to Security Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent the United Nations Security Council a list of 60 candidates to serve as "temporary" or ad litem judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Kosovars urged to cooperate with UN in stemming violence

The new commander of the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR) today urged Kosovars to help KFOR and the United Nations isolate extremists pursuing political ends through violence.

East Timor: Ramos-Horta resigns from National Council

Resigning today from the National Council of East Timor, independence leader and Nobel laureate José Ramos-Horta appealed to the Council and all East Timorese to continue supporting the presence of the United Nations in the territory.

Middle East: Warning that violence could spread, UN envoy pursues contacts

Amid growing international concern over the latest spate of Middle East violence, a top United Nations envoy met today with senior Palestinian officials and then headed for Jordan and Syria for more high-level meetings.

UN agencies warn that Africa's TB cases will grow as HIV spreads

The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa -- already in the millions -- will double over the next decade as HIV continues to spread across the continent, the United Nations warned today, calling for a concurrent effort to fight both infectious diseases.

UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support anti-poverty goals

The United Nations today welcomed the commitment by leaders of countries from throughout the Americas to support the anti-poverty goals set by the world body last year.

Calls for action heard as Security Council debates plight of civilians in conflict

The protection of civilians in armed conflict was the focus of a day-long debate in the Security Council today, with many participants stressing the need to translate words into action to help vulnerable people caught in the throes of war.