News in Brief 18 March 2015 (PM)

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The Taunono community was completely destroyed when Super Cyclone Pam struck. Photo: UNICEF/UNI181136/Crumb

Eleven people dead and thousands in need in Vanuatu

The Government of Vanuatu has confirmed the death of 11 people due to Cyclone Pam, which hit the country last Friday.

With winds reaching over 250 kilometres per hour, more than 3,000 people have sought shelter in 26 evacuation centres.

The UN says some of Vanuatu's worse-hit provinces urgently need food, water, medical supplies, shelter and hygiene kits, which are now being distributed.

Non-smoking is becoming new norm worldwide

Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to new data presented during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi.

Estimates by the World Health Organization found that 78 per cent of people over the age of 15 do not smoke.

Attack in Tunisia condemned by UN Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has condemned in the strongest terms an attack against the Bardo Museum in central Tunis.

Media reports indicated on Wednesday that gunmen in military uniforms killed 19 people, a majority of whom were reportedly tourists.

Ban Ki-moon conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of what he called this "deplorable act".

Pope Francis to address UN General Assembly in September

Pope Francis will visit the United Nations Headquarters on 25 September 2015 and address the General Assembly.

The UN chief said he is confident the Pope will inspire the international community to redouble its efforts to ensuring greater social justice and tolerance.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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