News in Brief 23 July 2015 (AM)

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Burundians voted on 21 July 2015 in presidential elections. Photo: UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB)

"Broadly peaceful" elections in Burundi welcomed

Presidential elections in Burundi have been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General as "broadly peaceful."

Burundians went to the polls on Tuesday with President Pierre Nkurunziza making a bid for a controversial third term.

An estimated 144,000 people have fled the country as a result of pre-election violence.

The Secretary-General called for the resumption of an inclusive political dialogue to address the challenges facing the Great Lakes country.

Palestinian refugees to benefit from US$13m US contribution

Almost 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria are to benefit from US$13 million contribution from the United States.

Most of those people are dependent on the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees, UNWRA, to meet their minimum food, shelter, health, and water and sanitation needs.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said that securing funding to support even the most basic needs of a desperate population remains a challenge.

World "not prepared" for another global epidemic says poll

The World is "not prepared" for another global epidemic like Ebola according to an opinion poll carried out by the World Bank.

The poll of 4,000 citizens in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States shows that fewer than half are convinced that their own country is prepared for a fresh epidemic.

The respondents say they strongly support investments in developing countries to reduce the threat of infectious diseases.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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