News in Brief 22 September 2015 (PM)

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Saudi Arabia urged to halt teen's execution

A high school student arrested and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia should be spared.

That's the call from a group of United Nations human rights experts, who have urged the Government of Saudi Arabia to stop the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.

Al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 for his participation in Arab Spring protests.  The UN experts say his confession was coerced through torture and ill treatment.

So far this year, Saudi Araba has reportedly executed at least 134 people, which is already 44 more people than the whole of last year.

Female migrants and refugees in need of healthcare, protection from violence

Thousands of female migrants and refugees arriving in Greece are in urgent need of sexual and reproductive health, according to the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA.

The agency says of the 4,000 refugees and migrants arriving in Greece daily, about 13 per cent of them are women, many of whom are pregnant.

UNFPA says women and girls need immediate access to life-saving health care.

Many of the women arriving face the added risk of sexual violence.

Nuclear power seen as viable answer to energy needs, climate change worries

Many countries are turning toward nuclear power to address their energy needs, as concerns over climate change continue to mount.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says countries are looking more toward nuclear power to meet their national energy needs, particularly amid increasing calls for climate change mitigation.

The IAEA says nuclear power not only helps countries meet growing energy demands, but has the added bonus of increasing energy security and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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