News in Brief 24 August 2015 (AM)

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Gyorgy Busztin. Photo: UNifeed

"Outrage" at murder of three women parliamentary candidates in Iraq

Outrage has been expressed by the head of the UN mission in Iraq, UNAMI, at the news that the terrorist group ISIL executed three women parliamentary candidates in Mosul City.

Gyorgy Busztin said the women were executed for no reason other than being candidates in the last elections.

He added that he strongly condemns what he called "this barbaric act of terrorism" and called upon the Iraqi government to do its utmost to bring those responsible to justice.

Destruction of ancient temple in Syria condemned by UNESCO

The destruction of an ancient temple considered to be an iconic part of the Syrian site of Palmyra, has been firmly condemned by the head of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

The temple of Baalshmin was built nearly 2,000 years ago and bears witness to what has been described as "the depth of the pre-Islamic history" of the country.

According to several reports, the building was blown up on Sunday.

Its cella, or inner area, was severely damaged, and followed by the collapse of surrounding columns.

UN affirms continued support to Afghans following suicide attack

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, has affirmed its continued support to the people of the country following a suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 people and injured 88 others.

The attack was reportedly carried out by anti-government elements on a crowded street, during rush hour and in front of a private hospital causing extensive damage to homes and property.

It targeted a convoy from the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, killing three contractors.

Siobhán Garside, United Nations

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