News in Brief 11 September 2015 (AM)

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Flags of member nations fly at United Nations Headquarters. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

General Assembly votes to raise non-member observer state flags at UN

The flags of UN non-member observer states Palestine and the Holy See will fly for the first time at the organization's Headquarters and offices.

This follows the passing of a General Assembly resolution with 119 out of 193 countries voting in favour.

Eight countries were against the resolution while 45 abstained.

The flags of non-member observer states will be raised following the flags of the 193 countries that are UN Member States.

France and Bulgaria urged to stop evicting Roma

France and Bulgaria are being urged by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner to halt the forced evictions of Roma and Travellers, two itinerant ethnic groups.

More than 40 Roma in Bulgaria became homeless this month after being evicted from a settlement in the municipality of Gurmen.

And 150 Roma in France were told to leave a shantytown in La Courneuve municipality in late August.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said similar actions have also taken place in other European countries in recent years.

His office has been working with European authorities and civil society groups to raise awareness about the issue and the need to provide alternative housing solutions for these communities.

Envoy welcomes upcoming Yemen peace talks

Warring parties in Yemen are being urged to use upcoming peace talks to engage constructively and in good faith to bring an end to fighting that has displaced more than one million people.

The appeal comes from the UN Special Envoy for Yemen.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has welcomed the commitment by the government, Houthi rebels and the General People's Congress to join peace talks scheduled for next week.

The date and venue are yet to be announced.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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