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UN ROUND-UP: Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq, who was killed Aug. 19 when terrorists blew up the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 20 others. Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 30-year Brazilian veteran of many UN peacekeeping operations from the Balkans to East Timor to Africa, had been trapped in the rubble of the devastated Canal Hotel, which served as UN headquarters in the Iraqi capital. He was 55 and was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Among those killed were Rick Hooper of the U.S., Ranillo Buenaventura and Marilyn Manuel of the Philippines, Jean-Selim Kanaan of Egypt and Fiona Watson of the U.K.. In addition, the Program Coordinator for UNICEF in Iraq, Christopher Klein-Beekman, also died. He was a 32-year-old Canadian who was the agency?s Officer-in-Charge in the country at the time of his death. * The U.K. and U.S have told the Security Council they are ready to see sanctions lifted against Libya following the North African country?s compliance with United Nations resolutions passed against it in connection with the deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. * The Bush administration, seizing on the bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, is preparing a new Security Council resolution that would urge other nations to send troops and aid to secure Iraq. * U.S. President George W. Bush says roughly 200 American soldiers deployed in Liberia will leave by October 1, and should be replaced by UN troops. * In a bid to reduce capital and operational costs in cyberspace, the UN telecommunications agency has approved a set of standards that will allow greater interoperability between different network elements, reducing the need for extra investment. The agency?s standards making arm is the first to complete the work long sought after by the industry, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced

IMF & WORLD BANK ROUND-UP: The World Bank and IMF ordered their staff out of Iraq Aug. 20 after a truck bomb blast the day before killed more than 20 people at the UN complex in Baghdad, officials said, stressing that the move was a security precaution, not a permanent withdrawal. Fourteen of the 15 World Bank workers in Iraq were being withdrawn—12 going to Amman, Jordan and two already in hospital in Kuwait. One was missing in the explosion. Four International Monetary Fund staff were removed to Amman. One IMF staff member and a consultant remained in hospital in Baghdad.

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