News in Brief 26 May 2015 (PM)

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A demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. Photo: IRIN/Adel Yahya (file)

Top UN envoy asked to postpone consultations to resolve Yemeni crisis

Warring parties in Yemen have been urged by UN Secretary-General to engage in consultations facilitated by the United Nations to end the crisis in the Gulf state.

The country is embroiled in a conflict between rebel Houthi forces and those supporting the internationally recognized government of Yemen.

The Secretary-General has asked his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to postpone the consultations in Geneva planned for Thursday following a request from the Government of Yemen and other key stakeholders for more time to prepare.

Donors urged to maintain commitment to Central African Republic

Donors and humanitarian actors have been urged to provide the level of assistance needed in the Central African Republic which has been plagued by sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militias.

The appeal was made by the Deputy Chief of UN humanitarian affairs Kyung-wha Kang at a pledging conference in Brussels.

Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"The number of humanitarian organizations working in the country doubled since last year but needs continue to far exceed resources."

About 44,000 people in Ukraine displaced in past three weeks

Many civilians in Ukraine continue to seek refuge in underground shelters as sporadic fighting continues at Donetsk airport and three other locations, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA.

The Ministry of Social Policy has registered some 1.3 million people as internally displaced, an increase of about 44,000 people in the past three weeks alone.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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