News in Brief 10 July 2015 (AM)

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The city of Benghazi, Libya, in the early morning sunlight. Photo: UNSMIL/Iason Athanasiadis

Libya: Benghazi violence undermining political dialogue

The escalation of fighting in Benghazi, Libya has been strongly condemned by the UN representative in the country.

Bernardino Leon said the violence is taking a heavy toll on citizens; he called for an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks.

At least 10 fatalities were reported this week alone which he said came at time when there appeared to be "major progress" in the political dialogue and ceasefire efforts.

Libya has been plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Ethiopia: Government urged to review anti-terrorism laws following detention of bloggers

The release of two bloggers and three journalists in Ethiopia who were being tried on terrorism charges has been welcomed by the UN human rights office.

Ethiopia's government is also being encouraged to bring its anti-terrorism legislation in line with international human rights laws.

The UN human rights office said the fight against terrorism cannot serve as an excuse to intimidate and silence journalists, bloggers, human rights activists and members of civil society groups.

Syria: Children at risk of water-borne disease

A scarcity of clean water amid scorching summer temperatures is putting millions of Syrian children at risk of water-borne diseases.

The warning comes from the UN children's agency (UNICEF).

The agency reports that there have been more than 100,000 cases of diarrhoea and a sharp increase in Hepatitis A cases among children since the beginning of the year.

The Syrian crisis is in its fifth year and UNICEF says water has become even more scarce and unsafe.

Meanwhile, poor hygiene conditions, particularly among displaced communities, have also created health hazards for children.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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