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Kosovo: refuting press reports, UN envoy says work on legal framework goes on

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today denied reports published in the Belgrade media that a legal framework for interim self-government had been completed without including the concerns of the Kosovo Serbs.

UN health agency, drug company team up to fight sleeping sickness in Africa

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and a major pharmaceutical company today announced a major step forward in combating African Trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping sickness.

UN official urges ethical approach to issue of genetically modified organisms

The head of the United Nations food agency today said biotechnology used to create new types of food must be handled ethically so that it will benefit humanity and not cause harm.

Yugoslav authorities serve Milosevic with warrant from UN war crimes tribunal

The Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia today informed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that it had served the Tribunal's indictment and arrest warrant on former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Afghanistan: Taliban reject truce appeal by UN refugee official

A high-level Taliban minister said today that the group would not honour a temporary truce that was sought by the visiting head of the United Nations refugee agency in an effort to bring aid to vulnerable Afghans currently inaccessible in the conflict-ravaged country.

European Commission to strengthen partnership with UN on development issues

In the wake of recent high-level meetings between the European Commission and the United Nations, the EC has taken a step forward in improving its cooperation with world body in the fields of development and humanitarian aid, the Commission announced today.

Security Council briefed on killing of Red Cross workers in DR of Congo

The President of the United Nations Security Council said today that last week's murder of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was a matter of continuing concern for the Council, which hoped that the perpetrators would be caught and brought to justice.

Annan submits plan to reconfigure UN Interim Force in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today submitted recommendations to the Security Council for reconfiguring the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to bring it in line with prevailing conditions and allow for greater mobility.

Afghanistan: top UN refugee official continues push for temporary ceasefire

The United Nations top refugee official continued today his mission in Afghanistan, pressing for a temporary ceasefire so that relief workers could reach civilians currently inaccessible in the war-ravaged country.

World Bank President backs proposed global fund to fight AIDS

The President of the World Bank today supported the Secretary-General's recent proposal for the establishment of a global fund to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases worldwide.