News in Brief 06 May 2015 (PM)

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In early April 2015, an air strike hit a military site on Faj Attan Mountain, high above Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, causing fire and a large plume of smoke. Photo: UNICEF/ Mohammed Hamoud

Consultations underway to advance political process in Yemen 

Consultations aimed at getting the political process in Yemen back on track are being undertaken by the UN.

The security situation in the Gulf country remains unstable as rebels continue to battle with the government for control of the country.

The Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has been in Paris where he met the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperative Council.

On Thursday he is due in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for meetings with President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, other Yemeni officials, as well as with Saudi officials.

UN mission in Mali attacked

A compound of the UN Mission in Mali in the north of the country has been targeted by mortar fire.

Some six to eight mortar shells were fired at the camp in Kidal.

The attack, which lasted about twenty minutes, did not cause any casualties or damage.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy UN Spokesperson.

"Peacekeepers responded to the attack and reinforced security. They conducted patrols to locate where the attack came from and ensure the safety of the civilian population. The Secretary-General's Special Representative in Mali, Mongi Hamdi, condemned these criminal and cowardly acts."

Nepal earthquake impacts third of work force

The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal two weeks ago is expected to impact one third of the country's labour force, according to the International Labour Organization or ILO.

The organization's Kathmandu office said it was ready to kick-start emergency works to repair damage after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

The ILO is mandated to promote jobs and workplace rights worldwide.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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