Somalia: UN development agency helps former militia to promote civil protection

A Somalian police training school supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has welcomed 350 new recruits - many of whom are former militia members - to begin training as part of a larger programme to improve the police force countrywide, the UN agency said today.

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.

Somalia: last two detained UN staff freed, flown to Nairobi

The remaining two United Nations staff members detained in Somalia after last week's militia attack were released today in Mogadishu and flown to Kenya.

Somalia: Annan says UN has access to detained staff as talks continue on release

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the United Nations remains in contact with two of its staff members who have been detained in Somalia since last week, as talks continue to secure their release.