News in Brief 26 May 2015 (AM)

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WFP is appealing for a humanitarian pause in Syria to allow farmers to harvest and move their produce around the country. Copyright: WFP/John Wreford

Pause in Syria fighting urged to allow farmers to harvest

A pause in fighting in Syria has been urged by the World Food Programme (WFP) so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country.

WFP said there are indications that the 2015 harvest in Syria may exceed the last two years' harvests.

The UN food agency added that it was paramount that crops are not lost at a time of, what it called "massive food insecurity and internal displacement."

Global mobile subscriptions increase to 7 billion

An increase in mobile telephone subscriptions to over seven billion shows the world is undergoing an information and communications technology or ICT revolution.

That's according to the UN's International Telecommunication Union, ITU.

The number of subscriptions is up from 738 million in the year 2000.

ITU said that globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet, of whom two billion live in developing countries.

10,000 South-East Asian boat migrants to receive help to return home

A US$26 million appeal to assist 10,000 people affected by the migrant crisis in the Andaman Sea in South-East Asia has been launched by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The UN partner organization said that thousands of victims of people smuggling had landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand after enduring horrific voyages of up to four months in duration.

IOM estimated that at least 5,000 people would require support to return to their country of origin in what it called "safety and dignity."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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