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  • 18 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Jun 2010
  • Medvedev urges thorough investigation of South Korea corvette sinking RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged a thorough investigation of the sinking of a South Korean corvette Cheonan before taking any action against North Korea, blamed by Seoul for the attack.
  • UN Chief Launches Aid Appeal for Kyrgyzstan VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday that the world body is seeking $71 million to provide emergency assistance to more than a million people displaced and otherwise affected by the ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Clinton Cautious on Blame for Kyrgyz Violence VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed U.S. support for Kyrgyzstan's interim government while urging caution in assigning blame for the ethnic violence that has swept the central Asian state. Clinton discussed the Kyrgyz situation and Afghanistan Friday with Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.
  • UN asks for $71 million in relief appeal after ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations today called for $71 million to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan, as the top UN official in Central Asia said an international security presence may be needed to calm tensions and prevent a fresh eruption of the deadly violence that rocked the country a week ago.
  • Kyrgyz Interim Leader Visits Conflict-Torn South; U.S. Envoy Calls For Probe Into Violence RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Roza Otunbaeva has traveled to the country's conflict-torn south and a top U.S. envoy called for an independent probe into ethnic clashes in the area that have killed nearly 200 people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
  • Kyrgyzstan says tensions ease, no need in peacekeepers RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The head of the Kyrgyz interim government Roza Otunbayeva said in and interview to a Russian business daily there was no need to deploy peacekeepers from post-Soviet security bloc in the troubled South of the Central Asian state.
  • Death toll in Kyrgyz clashes may near 2,000 - president RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has put the death toll from violence in southern Kyrgyzstan at nearly 2,000, a Russian business daily said on Friday.
  • Ethnic Unrest Grips Southern Kyrgyzstan VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Hundreds are dead and hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes following a week of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan. The victims have been ordinary people, including women and children.
  • Interim Kyrgyz Leader Visits South, Scene of Deadly Ethnic Clashes VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva is visiting the city of Osh for the first time since violence and unrest began to rock southern Kyrgyzstan last Thursday.
  • International Aid to Kyrgyzstan On the Upswing VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- International efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan are gathering speed. The United Nations is planning a number of airlifts carrying essential relief supplies in the coming days.
  • U.S. welcomes Israel's decision to ease Gaza blockade RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The United States welcomed Israeli's Thursday announcement that it would ease the land blockade of the Gaza Strip, the U.S. Department of State said.
  • UN team calls for end to systematic rights violations by Israel in occupied territories UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- A three-member United Nations body has called for an end to human rights violations by Israel in the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights, after hearing from dozens of witnesses during a recent visit to the region.
  • Head of UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide welcomes release of detained lawyer UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The head of the United Nations war crimes tribunal trying the ringleaders of the 1994 Rwandan genocide today welcomed Rwanda’s decision to free a defence lawyer who was arrested and detained in the African country last month.
  • On World Refugee Day, UN warns that many displaced are unable to return home UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations is marking World Refugee Day by urging governments and individuals not to forget the 15 million men, women and children who have been uprooted by conflict or persecution and are unable to return to their homes.
  • ICTY Prosecutor: Capture of Mladic, Hadzic 'Highest Priority' VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia says his top priority is the arrest of war crimes suspects Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. Serge Brammertz told the U.N. Security Council Friday that Serbian authorities have cooperated with the court, but that efforts to find the last two fugitives of the Balkan ethnic conflict of the 1990s must be stepped up so that the court can conclude its work.
  • Somali Government Denies Use of Child Soldiers VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- As Somalia's Transitional Federal Government struggles to maintain its loose grip over parts of the capital, Mogadishu, controversy is erupting over the use of child soldiers in the Horn of Africa nation.
  • ANALYSIS: The problems of demining in Chad IRIN 18 Jun 2010 -- Almost US$27 million – half from donor funds and the rest from the government – was invested in demining activities in Chad from 2000 to 2008, but the country still cannot identify the number and location of landmines. Efforts to clear at-risk communities have been hobbled by lack of money, mismanagement, delays distributing funds in the field, inappropriate equipment and tough terrain, say officials and international demining NGOs.
  • SUDAN: Government must ensure aid reaches Darfur, says EU IRIN 18 Jun 2010 -- The European Union has urged Sudanese authorities to ensure humanitarian workers reach thousands of people affected by ongoing fighting in Darfur and to improve security across the volatile western region.
  • Azerbaijan Evaluates Cost Of Nagorno-Karabakh War RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- Azerbaijan says the total amount of damage suffered by the country due to the war with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has been estimated at 70 billion manat ($87 billion), RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

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