News in Brief 05 February 2015 (AM)

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The main road in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: IRIN/Jessica Hatcher

African countries in Great Lakes Region urged to united against rebels

Countries in the Great Lakes Region of Africa have been urged to remain united in their efforts to neatralize armed rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The appeal came from from the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the region, Said Djinnit who has just concluded a visit to Kigali, Rwanda.

Mr Djinnit called on countries in the region to support military action against the armed fighters of the FDLR rebel group operating in eastern DR Congo.

The FDLR is made up of Hutu extremists who participated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Psychosocial Support for Libyan Children Begins

Psychosocial support for 800 internally displaced families in Tripoli, Libya is to be begin soon, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Children will be received in Child Friendly Spaces established by the UNICEF's partner organization inside the camps for displaced people.

Ebola-hit countries to get $100 million debt relief

The three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, that have been worst affected by Ebola will receive $100 million in debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF Executive Board approved the  move in a meeting on Wednesday.

The IMF has become the first multilateral institution to provide relief for to the three countries.

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