News in Brief 22 April 2015 (AM)

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Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Terrorist attack on embassy in Libya condemned by UN

A terrorist attack on the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has been condemned by the UN mission in the country (UNSMIL).

According to media reports, a bomb detonated outside the embassy on Monday damaging part of the compound’s exterior wall but incurring no casualties.

The incident is the most recent in a series of attacks against foreign embassies including those of the Republic of Korea and Morocco.

Below average rainfall predicted for South Asia

Below-average rainfall over large areas of South Asia is being predicted by the UN's World Meteorological Organization during the forthcoming summer monsoon.

The monsoon accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of annual rainfall in most countries in the region.

It is a key driver of socio-economic development and well-being.

South Asia  is regularly hit by devastating flooding and damaging droughts.

Global community urged to be "mindful" of planet

People around the world are being urged to be "mindful" of the way they live their life and the potential impact on the planet.

The message has come from the UN Secretary-General on International Mother Earth Day, which is being celebrated for the 45th year on Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon said 2015 will be a key year for Mother Earth.

It is hoped a universal climate change agreement will be finalized in December which will help to protect the plant for future generations.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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