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29th December, 2008 - United Nations
Military officer with UN-African Union force in Darfur dies after car-jacking
A military officer serving with the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) died today, after being shot in the leg two days ago during a car-jacking in the strife-torn Sudanese region. The incident happened Saturday night at a market in the capital of North Darfur, El Fasher – which is also the headquarters of the UN-AU force,...
29th December, 2008 - United Nations
UN de-mining programme in Cyprus threatened by lack of funds, endangering lives
A United Nations-backed landmine clearing operation in Cyprus is in danger of folding next month before its work in de-mining the buffer zone on the island is complete, risking the lives of the local population. To date, the UN Mine Action Centre programme, formed in November 2004, has released more than 6 million square metres of land and removed over...
29th December, 2008 - United Nations
Israel and Hamas must halt violence; humanitarian supplies must enter Gaza – Ban
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today demanded that Israel and Hamas halt their acts of violence, take all necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties, and that Israel keep open all border crossings necessary for the continued provision of humanitarian supplies to Gaza. “A ceasefire must be declared immediately,” Mr. Ban said in a statement...
29th December, 2008 - United Nations
Senior UN official in Nepal urges authorities to arrest killers of local businessman
The top United Nations human rights official in Nepal pressed its Government today to bring justice for a local businessman murdered by members of the Maoist army earlier this year. Some six months after five people were charged in relation to the disappearance and killing of Ram Hari Shrestha, only one individual has been arrested, the Representative...
29th December, 2008 - United Nations
Over 200,000 vulnerable Afghans to receive winter aid from UN agency
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have started to deliver supplies to help an estimated 200,000 Afghan returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) get through the country’s harsh winter. Over 147,000 blankets, more than 80,000 plastic sheets, 32,000 jerry cans, 46,000 items of warm clothing including 18,000...
28th December, 2008 - United Nations
Security Council calls on Israel, Palestinians to end violence immediately
The Security Council on Sunday called on Israel and the Palestinians to immediately end all violence, as Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket attacks by militants in Gaza reportedly killed 270 people and wounded more than 600 in the Strip. “The Members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza and...
27th December, 2008 - United Nations
Partnership between UN and Lebanese army stressed during President’s visit
The close cooperation between United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Army in ensuring peace and security in the country’s southern region was stressed today during a visit by President Michel Suleiman to the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura. UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano welcomed the President, noting...
 
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