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UN envoy meets with top Kazakh officials on peace process in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's envoy to Afghanistan today concluded a two-day visit to Kazakhstan where he discussed with the country's top officials ways of moving towards a comprehensive political settlement of the Afghan conflict.

UN Secretary-General to meet with Russian President on trip to Moscow

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet with top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, as part of a visit to Moscow next month, a UN spokesman announced today.

Drugs alone will not stop AIDS in poor countries, Annan says

Helping the developing world battle the AIDS crisis will require more than just drugs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, calling for an "additional infusion of money" to bolster the health infrastructure of countries in need.

Security Council members call on Iraq to cooperate on missing Kuwaitis

Security Council members today expressed concern at the plight of Kuwaiti and third country nationals missing since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and called on Baghdad to cooperate with the United Nations official who is looking into that matter.

DR of Congo: aid to rebels must stop, Security Council members say

Amid reports of ongoing violence in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council today urged an end to assistance for armed rebel groups and appealed to all parties to a ceasefire accord to live up to their commitments.

UN envoy in Lebanon calls for end to Israeli violations of Blue Line

A United Nations official in Lebanon today called for an end to the numerous Israeli air violations of the withdrawal line, known as the "Blue Line," which he said were of heightened concern amid the current tense climate.

Middle East: need for parties to talk is critical, Annan says

Reacting to ongoing insecurity in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the importance of recognizing that the issues of violence, economic deprivation and the political process were interlinked and had to be tackled flexibly.

Countries urged to fight poverty by increasing access to renewable energy

A global financial mechanism is urging United Nations Member States and the private sector to join it in fighting poverty by improving access to renewable energy technologies.

More than 10,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya: UN refugee agency

More than 10,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Kenyan border town of Mandera in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

One third of abductions in Uganda involve children: top UN rights official

About one third of the more than 26,000 cases of abduction recorded to date in Uganda involved children under the age of 18, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.