News in Brief 02 July 2015 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Violence in Burundi, death of 6 people, deplored by UN chief

Reports of violence in Burundi, where at least 6 people were reportedly killed on Wednesday in the capital Bujumbura, have been deplored by the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon urged Burundians to express their views peacefully and pressed the authorities to exercise restraint in their management of security incidents.

He said these events are a stark reminder of the need for Burundians to solve their differences through constructive dialogue with a view to holding peaceful and credible elections.

Comeback of Ebola in Liberia underscores need for "rigorous" testing

The comeback of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia underscores the need for rigorous testing, according to the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Peter Graaff.

The Government of Liberia has announced three new confirmed Ebola cases since Sunday.

Mr Graaff stressed the need to maintain active surveillance and commended the swift revival of the Ebola response mechanism led by the Liberian government.

Urgent action for food security needed in Wau Shilluk town in South Sudan

South Sudanese in Wau Shilluk town and surrounding areas in Upper Nile State will face dangerous levels of food insecurity unless urgent action is taken to address the food crisis.

That's according to the UN humanitarian office (OCHA), which reports that nearly 40,000 people are displaced in that area.

An assessment by UN partners of some 7,000 children shows an acute malnutrition rate of 19 per cent, which is above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent, OCHA added.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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