News in Brief 19 March 2015 (PM)

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Mizran Street in central Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Photo: UNSMIL/Abbas Toumi

"Wholly unjustified and reckless" attacks in Libya

Recent attacks in Libya are "wholly unjustified and reckless", according to the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL.

The UN has expressed deep disappointment that attacks against civilians and key infrastructures continue despite repeated calls to avoid the risk of escalating tensions.

Libya's leaders are currently engaged in peace talks to end factional fighting which has plagues Libya since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Political vacuum preventing Lebanon from addressing challenges

The UN Security Council has voiced its concern at the 10-month stalemate in the election of a president in Lebanon.

Former President Michel Sleiman's term came to an end in May 2014.

The 15-member body said the political vacuum undermines the country's ability to address the security, economic and social challenges it faces.

Lebanon has been dealing with renewed terrorist threats and a growing refugee population resulting from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

UN launches new "modern, mobile-friendly" homepage

A refurbished United Nations website has been launched after a year of design, consultation and testing.

The new portal remains available in all six official UN languages—English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

The site is designed to function as a website viewed on mobile internet devices.

In 2014, global mobile internet use reportedly surpassed those surfing the internet on a desktop.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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