News in Brief 20 March 2015 (PM)

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Damage to property and infrastructure caused by fighting between Government troops and militants is estimated at 95 per cent in some areas of Yemen. Photo: OCHA/EmanAl-Awami

Terrorist attack in Yemen condemned by UN

Terrorist attacks on two mosques during Friday prayers in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, as well as on a government building and mosque in Sa'dah have been condemned by the United Nations.

Media reports indicated that more than 140 people were killed and that the suicide bombings were claimed by jihadists from the ISIL terrorist group.

The UN chief's Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, also condemned the use of force in Aden, including an airstrike against the presidential palace on Thursday.

"Brutal" killing of woman in Afghanistan condemned by UN

The brutal killing and burning of a 27-year-old mentally challenged woman in Kabul has also been condemned by the United Nations.

On Thursday, an angry crowd beat the woman to death and burned her body near a mosque, after accusing her of burning a copy of the Koran.

A UN representative in the country has called on the authorities to investigate the incident and bring to justice the people involved in the killing.

Release of first report on human rights situation in Mali

A new report on the human rights situation in Mali has been released by the UN.

It documents gross violations and abuses of international law committed between November 2013 and May 2014.

These include cases of executions, illegal arrests, torture and other inhuman treatments, sexual and gender-based violence, and the recruitment of children in armed forces.

UN chief congratulates Israeli Prime Minister on electoral victory

The UN Secretary-General has called the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to congratulate him on his recent electoral victory.

During the conversation, Ban Ki-moon urged the Prime Minister to release the tax revenue currently held by Israel but owed to the Palestinian Authority.

He also reiterated his view that the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine is the only way forward.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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