News in Brief 19 June 2015 (PM)

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UN peacekeepers from the Niger contingent on patrol in Menaka, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

“Reassuring signals” that peace process in Mali is on "right track"

The decision to disengage from the town of Menaka, in Mali, by a coalition of armed groups called the "Platform" has been applauded by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country, Mongi Hamdi.

This is in line with security arrangements signed in Algiers on 5 June.

Meanwhile, another coalition of armed groups called the "Coordination" recently announced its intention to sign the peace agreement on Saturday in Mali's capital, Bamako.

Mr Hamdi said these developments are “clear and reassuring signals” for the Malian population and the international community that the peace process is on the right track.

US$20 million needed to support farmers in Nepal

US$20 million is urgently needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal, where a million people face the risk of prolonged food insecurity.

That's according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"To date, only 13 per cent of the US$23 million FAO has asked for has been received. The Organization found that in Nepal’s six hardest-hit districts, half of all farming households lost nearly all of their stored crops of rice, maize, wheat and millet."

Grenade thrown into school in Burundi, child injured

A grenade has been thrown towards a group of children who were playing basketball in a school in Bujumbura, Burundi, as the world marked the International of the African Child, the UN has confirmed.

The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the attack resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy, who was then taken to hospital.

At a time of continued unrest in Burundi, UNICEF has warned that children have been killed, detained, and continue to be put at great risk.

The majority of schools in Bujumbura reportedly remained closed.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’50″

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