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UN-backed Investment To Help Farmers In Togo Doubles Its Returns - A UN initiative to help Togo cope with high food prices and bad weather by providing seeds, fertilizers and other input for 20,000 rural farmers has produced returns that are almost double the cost.

UN Ready To Help Haiti As Tropical Storm Approaches - Nearly 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers are on emergency standby in Haiti as tropical storm Emily barrels towards the impoverished Caribbean country.

UN Condemns Syrian Brutality - The United Nations human rights chief today voiced alarm at reports that at least 145 people have been killed in demonstrations in Syria during the past four days and called for an end to the bloodshed.

UN Investigating Exchange Of Fire Along Israeli-Lebanese Border - The United Nations said it has opened an investigation into the exchange of fire that occurred early Monday morning between Lebanese and Israeli forces along their common border.

UN: Clean Water A Human Right - The UN stressed the need to realize the human right to water and sanitation.

UN: Special Olympics Can Alter Image of People With Intellectual Disabilities - The UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace hailed the power of the Special Olympics to transform the public image of persons with intellectual disabilities.

UN Chief Ban Starts Countdown Clock To 'Sustainable` London Olympics - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today started a one-year countdown clock for next year`s Olympic Games in London, which have been dedicated to the goal of sustainability.

Security Council Extends Mandate of UN-African Mission in Darfur - The Security Council today extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan`s conflict-affected region of Darfur.

UN Condemns Murder Of Sri Lankan Human Rights Leader - The United Nations human rights office today called for the swift investigation and prosecution of the killers of a prominent human rights defender whose body is believed to have been found, 17 months after he disappeared.

UN Chief Ban Calls For More Israeli Steps To Lift Blockade Of Gaza - The Israeli Government needs to take more steps to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, particularly to allow the free import of construction materials into the area, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN Calls For More Funds To Save Lives In Horn Of Africa - The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion to save the lives of some 12 million people across the Horn of Africa stricken by a worsening drought, and to stop the crisis from becoming an even bigger catastrophe. "

UN Chief Ban Marks International Day Of Friendship - On the first International Day of Friendship, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the global community to work together to build a peaceful, more prosperous world.

UN Continues To Help People Of Pakistan - The United Nations today pledged its continued assistance to the people of Pakistan as they rebuild their lives one year after the country faced devastating floods " the largest natural disaster in its history.

UN Warns Of Deadlock In Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks - The political process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in profound and persistent " deadlock.

Explosion Wounds Five UN Blue Helmets In Lebanon - An explosion earlier today has wounded five soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, according to a UN spokesperson.

UN Condemns Attacks In Norway - Security Council members today strongly condemned the twin terrorist attacks in Norway.

UN: Male Circumcision Can Prevent HIV In Men - The United Nations agency at the forefront of the global AIDS response has strongly welcomed new data that provides further evidence that male circumcision is effective in preventing HIV in men.

UN Steps Up Effort To Send Aid To Horn Of Africa - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will start airlifts within days to get vital supplies into Somalia.

UN Declares Famine In Southern Sudan - The United Nations today declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia owing to the worst drought in decades.

UN Chief Ban Speaks Out Against Violence In Syria - Voicing deep concern at the escalating violence against peaceful protesters in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the country`s authorities to stop repression immediately "


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