News in Brief 10 July 2015 (PM)

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Emergency aid being offloaded from a UNHCR vessel at the Hodeidah Port, Yemen. UNHCR File Photo/A. Zabarah

Relief agencies gear up for humanitarian pause in Yemen

A break in the fighting in Yemen will allow humanitarian agencies to deliver food, water and other supplies to millions of desperate people, the UN has said.

Warring parties in Yemen have agreed to implement a ceasefire beginning just before midnight, local time, on Friday.

It will last for seven days, until the end of Ramadan.

The UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) says more than 126,000 malnourished children could be treated.

Cyprus political leaders confirm commitment to achieving a settlement 

Leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have reaffirmed their commitment to a settlement, according to a senior UN official.

The United Nations has been working to bridge differences on the divided island of Cyprus since 1964.

The two sides in Cyprus held their sixth meeting this week.

It focused on issues including governance and power-sharing, property and economic matters.

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide characterized the meeting as the most intense period of negotiations to date.

Tunisians join extremist groups abroad

Thousands of Tunisians are fighting for extremist groups abroad as recruiting networks take advantage of porous international borders, a UN expert group on the use of mercenaries has warned.

It says Tunisians—including entire families— are among the highest number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.

They can also be found in Libya, Mali and Yemen.

The UN expert group says the Tunisians are motivated to fight due to religious and political ideologies, as well as for money and a "sense of purpose."

This also applies to the few women combatants, although some join alongside their husbands and partners.

Networks can receive from US$3,000 to US$10,000 per new recruit, depending on their qualifications.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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