News in Brief 26 August 2015 (AM)

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Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Photo: OCHA/D. Palanivelu (file)

Centre for vulnerable youth to open in Lebanon

A centre for vulnerable Lebanese and displaced Syrian youth is set to open up on Saturday in southern Lebanon.

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, is joining with the government of Finland and other sponsors to open the centre in the town of Khiyam.

The centre aims to empower young people by offering them opportunities to learn new skills, access information and express themselves freely.

Back to school campaign in South Sudan targets those impacted by war

An education campaign sponsored by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to increase school enrolment and attendance has been launched in Pibor, in Jonglei state, one of the poorest areas of South Sudan.

The "Back to Learning' initiative targets 400,000 children across the country who have never attended school and those forced to drop out due to poverty, gender discrimination or war.

The initiative is part of UNICEF's activities to demobilize child soldiers and help them re-integrate into society.

It is being funded by the European Union, USAID and other donors.

Philippines urged to investigate murder of newspaper publisher

The killing of a newspaper publisher in the Philippines has been condemned by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Gregorio Ybanez, the publisher of the weekly newspaper Kabuhayan News Services, was shot on 18 August and died in hospital the following day.

Ms Bokova called for a swift and thorough investigation into his murder stating that "those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice".

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

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