News in Brief 03 August 2015 (AM)

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MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in the Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA

Killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic condemned

The killing of a United Nations peacekeeper in the Central African Republic has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Peacekeepers from the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, were attacked by an armed group during a search operation for a suspected criminal in the capital Bangui on Sunday.

Eight blue helmets were injured.

Ban Ki-moon called on all armed groups to respect the impartiality of MINUSCA.

July deaths in Iraq exceed 1300

At least 1330 people were killed in Iraq in July according to the UN mission there, UNAMI.

The Middle Eastern country continues to battle insurgents from the ISIL terrorist group which has extensive territorial control.

The UN Special Representative Ján Kubiš said Iraq had been living through one of the "most difficult phases in its modern history" following last summer's onslaught by ISIL.

More than 2100 people were also injured in the violence.

Nigeria takes on rotating presidency of Security Council

Nigeria has assumed the presidency of the Security Council for the month of August.

The Council is made up of 10 non-permanent member states of which Nigeria is one, and five permanent members, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The non-permanent states serve for two years.

The presidency of the Council rotates on a monthly basis.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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