News in Brief 28 April 2015 (PM)

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A mother tends to a child injured in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1013/Nybo

Tens of thousands of pregnant women affected by Nepal quake

Some 50,000 pregnant women and girls could be among the survivors of the earthquake that hit Nepal last Saturday, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

The agency says pregnant women affected by the disaster require maternal health services, including antenatal care, safe delivery services, and post-partum care.

UNFPA is currently coordinating with the Government and humanitarian partners to respond to these needs.

Extension of mandates of two UN peacekeeping missions

In a series of votes this morning, the UN Security Council extended the mandates of the peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and Western Sahara (MINURSO) by one year, until the end of April 2016.

Members of the Council also extended an arms embargo in Côte d'Ivoire by one year.

Three abducted UN contractors, released in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Three contractors working for the UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, who were abducted in April in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been released.

The mission says they were unharmed and arrived safely in Goma on Tuesday.

They will return to their home locations over the coming days.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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