It's a Deal: UN Staff to Stay in Kandahar

    The United Nations is no longer pulling out its national and international staff in Kandahar, as per a deal reached May 2 between U.N. and Afghan officials.

    The agreement came a week after the U.N. said it would withdraw its 200-member staff in the area due to security concerns. Violence in the traditional Taliban stronghold increased in recent months, with reported bombings and assassinations of officials. The U.N. staff withdrawal plan drew criticism from Afghan officials.

    The Afghan government has pledged to provide more protection to U.N. guest houses and offices, CNN quotes Zaimai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor.

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      Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.