News in Brief 14 May 2015 (AM)

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An aerial view of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Ari Gaitanis

Killing of 17 civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN

The killing of at least 17 civilians in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.

The Taliban group has reportedly claimed responsibility.

An attack against civilians gathered for a cultural event in the Park Palace hotel in Kabul killed 14 civilians, and a further three were killed in an attack on the Department of Haj and Religious Endowment in Lashkargah in Helmand province.

United States announces US$20 million contribution for Palestinian refugees

The United States has announced a new contribution of US$ 20 million to ensure that the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) can continue to meet the basic human needs of refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.

UNRWA said it approached the US to provide an earlier than planned contribution in view of delayed anticipated income from other sources and the lack of cash reserves.

Meanwhile, Germany has announced a new US$ 41 million contribution to the UNRWA shelter assistance programme in Gaza.

Leaders meet to commit to improving health of women and children

Senior leaders from over 30 countries are meeting to step up commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide.

The two-day event beginning on Thursday is taking place in the context of the UN's "Every Woman Every Child" global movement.

Government representatives, CEOs, civil society leaders and heads of UN agencies are discussing how to build on the Millennium Development Goals to mobilize action for 2015 and beyond.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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