News in Brief 16 July 2015 (PM)

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A section of the Kalma camp for internally displaced people (IDP), near Nyala, in South Darfur. UNAMID File Photo/Albert González Farran

Fighting in South Darfur between ethnic groups "of serious concern"

Serious concern has been expressed by the African Union–UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) over reports of escalating tensions and clashes between the Reizegat and the Habaniya ethnic groups earlier this week.

These are taking place south-east of Nyala, in South Darfur.

With more details, here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"The fighting was allegedly triggered by a cattle rustling incident. The Mission strongly urges the leaders and members of both tribes to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their disputes and refrain from all acts that would lead to further intensification of violence, loss of life and potential displacement."

Chinese authorities called on to stop harassing lawyers

Chinese authorities have been called on by UN human rights experts to stop what appears to be targeted police harassment and intimidation of lawyers and those working closely with them.

More than 100 lawyers have reportedly been arrested over the last few days in direct connection with their professional activities.

Most of them are believed to have been working on human rights-related cases where they represented well known political dissidents, journalists and artists.

New programmes to boost nutrition security launched by FAO and EU

New programmes to boost food and nutrition security, as well as sustainable agriculture in some 35 countries have been launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union.

FAO says that despite progress made in recent decades, around 800 million people in the world still go hungry and millions more do not have access to healthy diets.

An increasing number of people have also been impacted by food crises, often resulting from conflicts, natural disasters, climate change, or food price volatility.

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

Duration: 1’41″

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