News in Brief 04 September 2015 (AM)

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Women in an adult literacy class in Rupandehi district of Nepal. File Photo: UNESCO/Krishna Malla

Deadly mosque attack in Yemen "reprehensible" and unjustifiable: UN Secretary-General

Terror attacks against a mosque in Yemen this week which killed more than 30 people and injured nearly 100 have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators of what he called "these reprehensible acts" will be swiftly brought to justice.

He said attacks against places of worship are not justifiable under any circumstances.

Countries band together to improve Internet access in Asia-Pacific

Policy makers, experts and civil society representatives from across Asia and the Pacific have come together to increase Internet availability, reliability and affordability of across Asia and the Pacific.

The Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway aims to improve broadband connectivity in the region.

The working group, which met this week in South Korea, stressed the need for cooperation on upgrading physical broadband infrastructure.

Members also agreed to work together to reduce inefficiencies in the way data is routed within and between countries.

Seminar seeks to accelerate gender equality in education

The importance of having women teachers in the classroom was highlighted at an international seminar on Girls' and Women's Education held this week in Beijing, China.

Participants from 14 countries in Asia and Africa shared experiences and explored solutions.

The event was co-organized by the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, which announced the launch of two projects to boost gender equality through teacher training, professional development and advocacy.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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