News in Brief 23 February 2015 (PM)

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

Special Envoy for Libya working to kick-start peace talks

The UN's Special Envoy for Libya, Bernadino Leon, is "hard at work" talking to the country's political leaders in an attempt to kick-start peace talks, the UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has said.

Reports by the media say that parliamentarians in the North African country have decided not to participate in the UN sponsored talks.

A new round was due to begin in Morocco this week

Two previous rounds hosted in Geneva in January attempted to reach an agreement on a ceasefire and a national unity government.

Efforts being made to get Yemen out of current impasse

Efforts are also being made by the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Jamal Benomar to get Yemen out of its current political impasse.

The Middle Eastern country's president, President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, has reportedly fled house arrest in the capital Sanaa and is now leading the government in Aden.

Secessionist Houthi militants are behind the takeover of the capital following clashes with Government forces since the beginning of the year.

Emergency supplies arrives in Malawi

Emergency supplies have been delivered to more than 288,000 people in flood-affected Malawi, the UN food agency (WFP) has announced.

The flood waters have destroyed roads and rendered some areas entirely inaccessible by land, the agency said

Over 170,000 people have been displaced and an estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock.

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