News in Brief 17 March 2015 (PM)

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Jamal Benomar. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Lifting of house arrest of Yemeni politicians welcomed by UN

The lifting of house arrest on the Yemeni Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and other cabinet members has been welcomed by the UN.

Secessionist Houthi militias in Yemen staged a takeover of the capital Sa’ana in recent weeks, forcing political officials into house arrest.

The Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, is calling upon Houthi militants to build on what he called this gesture of goodwill by committing to their withdrawal from Government institutions.

Assassination attempt against Burundian opposition leader's wife condemned

An apparent assassination attempt against the wife of Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa is threatening to heighten tensions and entrench polarization and distrust in Burundi.

That's according to the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, who expressed his concern at this report ahead of general elections in two months.

He urged the Burundian authorities to promptly launch a thorough and impartial investigation into the incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Call for action adopted by 80 countries at conference on action against dementia

A call for action was adopted on Tuesday by 80 countries attending the First Conference on Global Action Against Dementia organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, and behaviour.

It currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide.

The call for action includes empowering and engaging the full and active contribution of people living with dementia, as well as their caregivers and families.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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