News in Brief 05 October 2015 (PM)

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Street scene in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: UNESCO/Roni Amelan

UN chief troubled by praise for Jerusalem attacks

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon has said he is "deeply troubled" by statements from Palestinian militant groups praising attacks on Israeli citizens in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

On Saturday in the Old City of Jerusalem, two members of the same family were killed.

And in subsequent incidents in various neighbourhoods in Jerusalem both Israelis and Palestinians were injured.

Mr Ban said a wave of extremism and violence was sweeping the region.

He urged leaders on all sides, to condemn violence and incitement.

Security improves in CAR capital, but tensions remain

The security situation in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, is improving but remains tense according to the UN peacekeeping mission there, MINUSCA.

CAR has faced two years of instability largely due to ethnic tensions. At the end of September, violence in Bangui, left more than 30 people dead and some 100 wounded.

Here's the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"Over the weekend, shops began to open and regular traffic was observed in the streets. Separately, on Friday evening, the Mission reports that armed elements fired shots at peacekeepers guarding its headquarters in Bangui. Peacekeepers returned fire forcing the individuals to flee. No reports of casualties."

Oman contributes US$4.5 to save UN audio-visual archives.

And the gulf kingdom of Oman has contributed US$4.5 million to preserve the United Nations audio-visual archives.

The money will allow the UN to begin digitising rarely seen footage and audio dating back to the founding of the organization, 70 years ago.

In all, some 6,000 hours of film, 22,000 hours of analogue videos and 18,000 hours of audio archives will need to be converted to a digital format.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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