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Attack in Kenya condemned by Ban Ki-moon

A terrorist attack on Garissa University College in Kenya on Thursday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The attack reportedly left dozens dead and injured, with an unconfirmed number of students still held hostage.

Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the situation will be quickly brought under control without further harm to those being held.

He called for those responsible for the attack to be swiftly brought to justice.

Intense air strikes in Syria on Idlib city and surrounding areas

Intense air strikes in Syria on Idlib city and surrounding areas, as well as heavy shelling of two villages northeast of Idlib, are causing civilian casualties and extensive damage.

That's according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA said most hospitals and clinics in the city are damaged and unable to cope with the influx of injured people, who are being taken to field hospitals in the countryside or across the border into Turkey.

Humanitarian partners and local sources are reporting that more than one hundred thousand people are on the move.

"High-level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises" appointed by UN chief

The UN Secretary-General has appointed a panel to make recommendations to strengthen national and international systems to prevent and manage future health crises.

The panel is expected to take into account lessons learned from the response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa.

It will hold its first meeting in early May and is expected to submit its final report to the Secretary-General at the end of December.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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