News in Brief 03 August 2015 (PM)

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A soldier stands guard during elections in Burundi. File Photo: MENUB

Killing of Burundian general condemned

The killing of a senior Burundian general and close aide to the country's president has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

General Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed after his car was hit in a rocket attack in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, on Sunday.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General notes with great concern the continuing deterioration of the security environment in Burundi following an electoral period marked by violence and the violation of human rights, including the right to life."

Commitments at Somali political forum welcomed

Commitments made at a key political forum for Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation have been welcomed by the United Nations.

It's hoped the High-Level Partnership Forum will support the holding of free and fair elections in 2016.

Somalia has been subject to years of instability, caused by conflict, terrorism and recurrent droughts.

Despite those challenges, a federal and united Somalia is expected to be created next year.

"Grave concern" over safety of journalists in Iraq

The UN has voiced grave concern over the safety of media professionals in Iraq following the recent killing of two journalists.

TV presenter and columnist Raed al-Juburi was found dead from gun wounds in his home in Baghdad in May.

Newspaper editor Thaer Al-Ali was reportedly shot dead in April.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said Iraqis need information to cope with the challenges they face and plan a better future for themselves and for their country.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

Duration: 1'37"

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