News in Brief 01 July 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and US welcomed by UN

The reopening of embassies by Cuba and the United States in Washington, DC and Havana has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General, as an "historic step".

Ban Ki-moon said the restoration of diplomatic ties will support the normalization of relations.

He added that in keeping with the principles of its founding Charter, the UN supports efforts to promote what he called "more harmonious and good neighbourly relations" between countries.

Food aid cut to vulnerable Syrians

Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan are to receive less food aid because of a severe lack of funding the World Food Programme (WFP) has reported.

In July, the UN food agency will cut in half the value of food vouchers, or "e-cards," in Lebanon.

In Jordan, WFP fears that if it does not receive immediate funding by August, it will have to suspend all assistance to Syrian refugees living outside camps, leaving some 440,000 people with no food.

Violence escalates in Yemen

An escalation of violence in Yemen has caused the death of over 2,800 people in the last three month, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

Yemen has suffered turmoil and instability after rebels seized the capital Sana’a last September.

OCHA said that 13,000 were injured during the same period while over one million people have been displaced from their homes.

More than 21 million people, that's over 80 per cent of Yemen’s population, now need some form of humanitarian assistance.

The UN has reiterated its call for a ceasefire.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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