News in Brief 06 October 2015 (PM)

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Construction in the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. Photo: Annie Slemrod/IRIN

Signed agreement only way to end Libya crisis

Libyans are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to "seize the opportunity" to rebuild their country and confront the urgent challenges facing it.

Ban Ki-moon's request comes in the wake of a high-level meeting held last week in the margins of the annual debate in the UN General Assembly.

At the meeting, countries and regional organizations urged participants in the Libyan political dialogue to urgently conclude the process and sign an agreement that would lead to the formation of a government of national accord.

Mr Ban recalled that they had stressed it was the only way to end the current crisis in the country.

Libya has been plagued by factional fighting and political instability since the overthrow of former President Muammar al-Qhadafi  in 2011.

UN chief alarmed by recent West Bank clashes

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General has expressed "profound alarm" over the growing number of deadly clashes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Four Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, have died in recent incidents while hundreds have been injured.

Mr Ban urged the Israeli government to conduct "a prompt and transparent investigation" into the killings, including whether the use of force was proportional.

He said the escalation of violence underscores the need for urgent action by both sides.

Spike in malaria cases in northern Mali

There has been a sharp increase in malaria cases in northern Mali in recent weeks, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) has reported.

OCHA says the disease usually surfaces during the rainy season.

High rainfall this year has left stagnant water which has facilitated transmission.

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and could be life-threatening if not treated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO and its partners are providing care in northern Mali, including through mobile clinics in the areas of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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