News in Brief 23 March 2015 (AM)

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82,000 children are estimated to have been affected by Cyclone Pam. Photo: UNICEF/Crumb

80 per cent of schools in Vanuatu destroyed or damaged by Cyclone Pam

Eighty per cent of schools in Vanuatu have been destroyed or damaged by a cyclone that recently hit the Pacific archipelago. That's according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

The schools are not expected to reopen until the end of the month.

More than 166,000 people on 22 islands are estimated to have been affected by Cyclone Pam, including 82,000 children.

Food and water are still in short supply and shelter materials are needed to rebuild the affected villages.

UN Secretary-General remembers "legendary" Singapore PM

The UN Secretary-General has offered his condolences to Singapore following the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Often referred to as the founder of modern Singapore Ban Ki-moon said Mr Lee was a "legendary figure in Asia, widely respected for his strong leadership and statesmanship."

Lee Kuan Yew passed away on Monday at the age of 91.

Mr Ban said the former Prime Minister had helped Singapore to "transition from a developing country to one of the most developed in the world."

Libyan unity government talks continue in Belgium

Representatives from local towns and councils in Libya are gathering in Brussels, Belgium to discuss a new unity government, according to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL.

The meeting is part of a process which aims to bring an end to factional fighting that has plagued the North African country following the overthrow of  Muammar al-Qhadafi nearly four years ago.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bernardino Leon said that the United Nations is insisting on accelerating the talks to "bring everybody on board to reduce violence."

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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