News in Brief 08 July 2015 (AM)

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Security Council fails to pass Srebrenica genocide resolution

A resolution condemning the Srebrenica genocide and any suggestion to deny that it took place failed to pass in the Security Council on Wednesday.

The vote was held as the chamber met to remember the 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed in the Bosnian town in July 1995.

Fifteen countries comprise the Security Council, 10 of which voted in favour of the resolution while one, Russia, voted against it.

Russia is one of five permanent Council members who have the right to veto.

Four countries abstained from voting on the Srebrenica resolution: Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela.

DPRK drought affecting child health

Drought in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is taking a toll on children's health, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) has warned.

UNICEF has reported significant increases in diarrhoea among children in the country, also known as North Korea, as lack of rain threatens access to safe water and sanitation.

Diarrhoea is a leading cause of death among youngsters and the agency says its incidence has increased in affected provinces during the first six months of this year.

Jail term for Singapore teen blogger "unacceptable"

Authorities in Singapore are being urged by a UN independent human rights expert to review the decision to jail a teenage blogger.

Amos Yee, 16, had been sentenced to four weeks imprisonment for posting a video and caricature of the country's founder who died in March.

He was released earlier this week for health reasons.

Expert David Kay described the sentence as "clearly unacceptable according to international standards for freedom of expression and for the rights of the child."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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