News in Brief 14 April 2015 (PM)

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UNRWA has provided civilians from Yarmouk with hot meals, preserved food, and kitchen facilities, as well as essential items like blankets and mattresses. © 2015 UNRWA Photo taken by Taghrid Mohammad PHOTO

Situation in Yarmouk camp remains critical

The situation for thousands of civilians in a refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus remains critical, according to the chief of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Pierre Krähenbühl ended a humanitarian mission, during which he met with the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister and discussed the importance of ensuring the safe exit of civilians from Yarmouk camp.

Last week, ISIL terrorists took over more than half of the camp, which the UN chief said had begun to resemble a "death camp".

Over one million people internally displaced in Ukraine

1.2 million people are now internally displaced by the conflict in Ukraine between the government and pro-Russian separatists, the UN has said.

The lack of access to food has reportedly greatly increased since last October, especially for people living in non-government controlled areas.

Meanwhile, a UNICEF mission to the city of Donetsk found that some school teachers had not been paid for three months.

Daniel Craig becomes new UN advocate for the elimination of mines

Actor Daniel Craig has been designated as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

He'll be working with the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

At a ceremony at UN Headquarters, the UN Secretary-General thanked Mr Craig for his commitment to support "a world free from the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war".

Here's Daniel Craig: "I'm honoured today to have been made part of the United Nations and the UNMAS family. I'm committed to helping them continue their amazing work."

Ban Ki-moon said while playing James Bond, Mr Craig had a "licence to kill", but today he's been given a "license to save".

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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