News in Brief 29 May 2015 (PM)

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Food and cooking oil are distributed to displaced people from northern Mali in a temporary shelter in Mopti. Photo: UNDP/Nicolas Meulders

Fighting in northern Mali forces some 57,000 to flee their homes

About 57,000 people have fled their homes in northern Mali as a result of renewed fighting between armed groups over the past four weeks, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR).

There are already more than 43,000 internally displaced people throughout the country who have not returned home since the conflict broke between government forces and rebel groups in 2012.

The total number of displaced people in Mali now stands at just over 100,000 mainly in the northern part of the country.

Burundi parties urged to refrain from violence

Political parties and people of Burundi have been urged by the UN Special Envoy to refrain from any action that could cause violence and increase tension.

Said Djinnit is facilitating a political dialogue to end the crisis that has been sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in the African country.

Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"Said Djinnit is travelling to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania , to participate in the East African community Summit that takes place on Monday. He said he hoped this summit will provide further guidance and impetus to reinforce the Burundian dialogue.

Pledge renewed to counter foreign terrorist fighters

The UN Security Council has renewed its resolve to counter the increase in foreign terrorist fighters.

The UN estimates that more than 25,000 such fighters from over 100 countries have travelled to Syria and Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya.

The increasing number of foreigners populating the front-lines of the world’s conflict zones is cause for deepening concern the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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