East Timor's President returns home to a warm welcome after assassination attempt.

East Timor's President returned home on Thursday 17 April amid tight local and international security, after two months of medical treatment abroad.

President Jose Ramos-Horta was shot twice in the chest by rebel soldiers in February of this year. Sophie Boudre of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste filed this report on his emotional homecoming.

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that action needs to be taken now to avert a humanitarian food crisis.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the latest country to be added to a growing list of nations affected by rising global food and fuel costs. WFP has issued a warning that time is running out to avoid looming food shortages and a potential humanitarian crisis in the country. Paul Risley is the spokesman for the World Food Programme in Asia.

And the situation of Afghan refugees remains a challenge for the UN refugee agency—the latest hold up being a roadblock that stops hundreds of refugees from returning home.

Vivian Tan, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency [UNHCR], talks about the fact that the agency has had to temporarily suspend its Afghan voluntary return operation via Peshawar in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province this week, due to a roadblock along the Peshawar-Torkham Highway. As she explains, the blockade which has been fuelled by a dispute between local tribes ,is continuing and has in fact worsened.

Producer: Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte

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