News in Brief 16 April 2015 (AM)

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Jamal Benomar. UN Photo/Mark Garten

UN Special Adviser on Yemen steps down

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen, is stepping down after four years in the position.

Jamal Benomar has been working closely with the authorities in Yemen on building peace and putting the political transition back on track in the Middle Eastern Country.

The conflict in Yemen has been worsening as the government continues to battle Houthi rebels.

A successor has not yet been named.

Iran discusses nuclear issue with UN

Talks have been held between the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran on ensuring the country's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

The discussions focussed on the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation, which includes the provision of relevant information and access to Iran's nuclear facilities.

In January, the international community agreed a deal with Iran to limit its development of nuclear facilities.

Human rights and counter-terrorism must go "hand-in-hand"

International human rights standards must be respected in the world’s counter-terrorism strategies two United Nations human rights experts have warned.

The two experts said that while terrorism must be tackled, it is crucial that human rights standards are still upheld.

The experts said the recent attack at Garissa University in Kenya, which killed at least 147 people, shows the urgent need to rethink counter-terrorism responses.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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