News in Brief 05 October 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Airstrike on hospital in Afghanistan condemned by UN

Airstrikes on the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, that killed at least 22 people at a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital on Saturday have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Kunduz has been a focus of military operations by the Afghan government after it was overrun by the outlawed Taliban movement.

The non-government health organisation has been operating the only hospital in Kunduz.

The Secretary-General said that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law.

He called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the attack in order to ensure accountability.

Urban public spaces boost quality of life

The availability of public spaces in urban areas has a direct influence on the quality of people's lives. That's according to the Executive Director of the UN agency for settlements, UN-Habitat.

Speaking on World Habitat Day, marked annually on 5 October, Juan Clos said it was crucial to improve access to public spaces.

"The quality of life for people in cities is directly related to the state of its public spaces. Public space provides room for social and cultural interaction and can foster a sense of belonging and pride in an area. A public space that is open to all, regardless of ethnic origin, age or gender, provides a democratic forum for citizens and society."

Ebola cases down to 10 per week in Guinea and Sierra Leone

The number of new cases of the deadly Ebola disease is down to fewer than 10 per week in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization has confirmed.

More than 11,300 people have died from the disease in Liberia and those two countries.

Liberia has been declared free of Ebola.

WHO added that 34 countries still have travel restrictions in place, which the agency said are "disproportionate to the risks posed."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 2’03″

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