News in Brief 13 July 2015 (AM)

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

Measures to de-escalate fighting in Colombia welcomed by UN

The announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of their intention to de-escalate the current fighting in the country has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The Colombian government has been battling insurgents of FARC for decades.

The new measures expected to be put into place will reportedly accelerate negotiations in order to reach a peace agreement.

Ban Ki-moon also hailed the intention of the parties to invite the UN to discussions on ending the conflict.

Suicide attack in Afghanistan condemned in "strongest terms"

A suicide attack on Sunday in Khost Matun city in Afghanistan which killed 27 civilians has been condemned in the strongest terms by the Head of the UN mission in the country, Nicholas Haysom.

According to the UN, three women and 12 children were among those killed, as well as six members of the Afghan security forces.

A suicide bomber reportedly detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at a security checkpoint located near a bazaar.

IAEA reviews operational safety at Japanese nuclear power station

A team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has completed an assessment of operational safety at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station in Japan.

The study was part of an ongoing effort to find ways of improving nuclear safety, especially following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan in 2011.

Following the 14-day review, the team of experts noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some of the measures.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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