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Kosovo: after talks with UN officials, NATO delegation warns against extremist violence

Following a briefing by the head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson and members of the North Atlantic Council today delivered a stern warning against any further activities by Albanian extremists in Kosovo, the FYR of Macedonia and Serbia's Presevo Valley.

Afghanistan: responding to UN appeal, Japan donates additional $7 million in aid

Responding to an appeal by the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Japan has donated an additional $7 million to help the beleaguered people of Afghanistan, where the combined forces of war and drought have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

East Timor: Transitional Cabinet endorses establishment of police service

The East Timor Transitional Cabinet today endorsed a draft regulation formally establishing the territory's first Police Service and Police Academy, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said in a statement issued in Dili.

New 'miracle' rice holds promise of higher yields, incomes in Africa: UN agency

A new variety of rice developed in Africa can yield up to 50 per cent larger crops without fertilizer, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which supported the research that led to the breakthrough.

Head of UN health agency calls for efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness

The head of the United Nations health agency today called for efforts to take the shame out of mental health illnesses, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Vast majority of epilepsy sufferers get no help, WHO study shows

An estimated 39 million people in the world suffer from epilepsy, but some 30 million of them -- nearly three out of every four -- get almost no help for the condition, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Annan encourages leaders of Rwanda, Uganda to continue pullout from DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda to continue the ongoing withdrawal of their respective troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and assured them of the United Nations' commitment to rapidly deploy military observers.

In Nairobi, Secretary-General discusses regional issues with Kenya's President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi today to discuss a wide range of regional issues, including conflicts in various parts of Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the continent.

FYR of Macedonia re-opens border with Kosovo, UN reports

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today re-opened its border with Kosovo, ensuring the delivery of essential goods and medicines, according to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

World Food Programme launches emergency relief effort for flood-hit Malawi

Responding to Malawi's worst floods in over a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a three-month emergency operation aimed at feeding 208,500 people affected by the disaster.