News in Brief 23 July 2015 (PM)

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Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. Photo: UN / Jean-Marc Ferre

Talks with Syrian ministers take place ahead of key international meeting

Preparations are continuing for a key UN Security Council debate on Syria slated for next week.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, visited the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Thursday, the latest stop in the region on his round of talks with parties involved in the resolution of the four-year long conflict.

He met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem and Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.

More than 220,000 Syrians have died and almost half the population of 22 million have been forced to flee their homes.

Floods affecting over 250,000 people in Pakistan

An estimated 285,000 people have been affected by flooding in various locations across Pakistan, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

The floods have been caused by heavy monsoon rains, rapid snow melting and the overflow from glacial lakes over the past week.

OCHA said six casualties have been reported, almost 300 villages flooded and nearly 400 houses damaged.

"Pattern of injustice" repeating in West Bank

The threat of demolition of buildings belonging to a herding community is emblematic of a pattern of injustice that is repeating itself across many parts of the West Bank.

That's according to the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

Robert Piper made the comment after visiting Susiya, a Palestinian herding community in Area C in the southern West Bank.

The Israeli authorities have announced plans to demolish homes and community structures there.

The destruction of private property in an occupied territory is prohibited under international humanitarian law.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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