News in Brief 08 April 2015 (AM)

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More than 100,000 have been displaced by the fighting in Yemen. Photo: OCHA/Eman al Awami (file)

International community urged to prepare for massive displacement in Yemen

The international community has been urged to prepare for a humanitarian crisis with massive displacement in Yemen.

The warning has come from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, as fighting between government and Houthi forces continues.

UN agencies estimate that over 540 people have been killed in the past two weeks, including more than 300 civilians.

More than 100,000 have been displaced by the fighting.

Secondary school for displaced Iraqis opened in Kurdistan

A new secondary school for Iraqis displaced by conflict was opened by the UN education agency (UNESCO) at Dawodiyah Camp in Kurdistan on Wednesday.

UNESCO Project Manager Ali Zulfiqar told students at the camp that education is their right for which they must demand and take advantage of.

He also thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous financial support that enabled UNESCO to build two new secondary schools for internally displaced persons in Iraq.

UN nuclear watchdog agency to assist conversion of Jamaica's research reactor

The Caribbean's only research reactor in Jamaica will be converted from highly enriched to low enriched uranium fuel later this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported.

The IAEA is supporting the conversion which is a joint effort of the governments of Jamaica and the United States.

The spent fuel will be returned to the United States.

The IAEA says the fuel conversion is part of global efforts to eliminate the risks associated with highly enriched uranium while still maintaining important scientific research.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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