News in Brief 20 May 2015 (AM)

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Children play as a donkey cart passes destroyed buildings in the Al-Ora’s neighbourhood of Zinjibar, Yemen. Photo: UNHCR/A. Al-Sharif

Political process to resume in Yemen

The resumption of a political process in Yemen has been announced by the United Nations.

Talks will begin in Geneva on May 28th.

They're expected to bring together members of the Yemeni government and other players in the political scene, including rebels.

Yemen continues to suffer from conflict as Houthi rebels attempt to take control of the country.

The UN Secretary-General said the conflict risks spilling across Yemen's borders and is having a dramatic impact on civilians.

Four die in attack on UN compound in South Sudan

Four people, including a woman and a child, have died in an attack on UN compound in South Sudan.

Eight others were severely injured.

The UN mission in the country, UNMISS, said that two mortar bombs landed within its compound in Melut on Tuesday evening.

Until the outbreak of recent fighting, almost 1,000 civilians were sheltering in the compound.

Around 500 more people have arrived seeking refuge.

Saudi Arabia makes US$ 111m contribution to Palestinian refugees

Saudi Arabia has made a contribution of more than US$ 111 million to the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees, UNWRA.

The agency said it is one of its largest ever contributions and that it indicates what it called "the increasing suffering" of Palestinians across the region.

The money will be spent on a range of issues.

They include support to refugees affected by the conflict in Syria, the continued reconstruction of the Nahr el-Bared camp in Lebanon, repair to homes in Gaza damaged during last year's conflict and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools and shelters in the West Bank.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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