News in Brief 27 February 2015 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard (file photo)

Boko Haram use of children as suicide bombers "abhorrent"

The abduction and use of children, including as suicide bombers by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is abhorrent, the UN Chief said.

Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the indiscriminate and horrific attacks by the Islamist militant group against people in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

An African regional force has been set up to counter the insurgency.

Violence against Indonesia's children hidden reality

Existing evidence shows that violence is a hidden reality in the lives of more than 80 million children in Indonesia, a UN expert has said.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, was recently in the capital Jakarta for a week.

The Southeast Asian nation has already outlawed violence in institutions, in the community and in the homes but left out practices like corporal punishment at the home.

Ms Pais called on Indonesia to join a group of 45 countries who have banned all forms of violence against children.

Operation to fight crime surge in Bangui launched

An operation to combat the surge in crime in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic is underway, says the UN Mission in the country.

MINUSCA is helping national security forces patrol the city and put in place checkpoints.

The focus is currently on Boy-Rabe and Gabongo, former strongholds of the armed Christian anti-balaka militia, but operations will expand to other neighborhoods as well.

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