News in Brief 17 February 2015 (AM)

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The remains of burnt vehicles following demonstrations in Ukraine. (February 2014). Photo: UN

Continued shelling in Ukraine alarms UN human rights office

Reports of continued shelling in the Debaltseve area of eastern Ukraine have caused alarm at the United Nations human rights office in Geneva.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says it is particularly concerned about the civilians trapped in the area where a few thousand might be hiding in cellars, struggling to get food, water and other basic necessities.

More than 5,600 people are estimated to have been killed and close to 14,000 others wounded since the conflict began in mid-April 2014.

Ebola crisis not over until zero cases, says UNDP chief

The Ebola crisis will not be over until there are zero cases.

That's what the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark said at a press conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Tuesday.

She commended the efforts of the Liberian government and people to combat the deadly virus.

More than 23,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and over 9,300 people have died of the disease in these West African countries.

Challenge of marine resources beyond national jurisdictions addressed

A workshop opened in Rome on Tuesday to tackle the challenge of managing fisheries and protecting biodiversity in areas that lie beyond national jurisdiction.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says oceans are home to ecosystems and biodiversity that are important to ecology, culture and livelihoods of millions of people.

However, the agency points out that about 64 per cent of the ocean's surface consist of areas that lie beyond the national jurisdiction.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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