News in Brief 10 April 2015 (AM)

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Nicholas Haysom. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

Killings of civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN

The killing of at least 18 civilians in separate incidents over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan has been condemned by the UN mission in the country (UNAMA).

UNAMA says there was an armed attack on the Prosecutor's Office in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday, and on Friday, a suicide bomb incident in Jalalabad city and a road-side bomb explosion in Ghazni province.

The head of the mission, Nicholas Haysom said the killings of civilians and the indiscriminate use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) must cease immediately.

Probe of allegations of a mass grave in DR Congo launched by UN

An independent investigation into allegations of the existence of a mass grave in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being carried out by the UN human rights office in the country.

Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says the grave in Maluku commune near the capital Kinshasa may be holding up to 421 bodies.

"Our Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC has been working closely with the authorities over the past few weeks, including by supporting the judicial investigation into these serious allegations. We are also conducting our own investigation." (13)

Funding urgently need to help cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Funds are urgently needed to continue providing basic relief supplies in Vanuatu, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA says that almost one month after Cyclone Pam hit the island nation in the South Pacific, thousands remain in need of food, safe drinking water and shelter.

A funding appeal for almost US$30 million was recently launched to cover the needs of 166,000 cyclone-affected people for three months.

To date $10.7 million or 36 per cent of the appeal has been pledged.

Catherine Hasselberg, United Nations

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