News in Brief 13 October 2015 (PM)

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The West Bank barrier, along with checkpoints, roadblocks and permit system, has created a closure regime that has had a dire effect on all aspects of life for Palestine refugees. Photo: UNRWA/Isabel de la Cruz

Violence in occupied Palestinian territories "deeply alarming"

The UN agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, has expressed deep alarm over the escalating violence and widespread loss of civilian life in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

Near-daily attacks have left dozens of Israeli and Palestinians dead or wounded over the last several weeks.

UNRWA has called on both sides to take steps to protect Palestinian and Israeli civilians, in accordance with international law. The UN Secretary-General has made similar calls for peace and said the rights of children, in particular, must be protected.

New UN Advocate on mines and explosive hazards visits Cyprus

Actor Daniel Craig has visited the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. It's his first mission since he was appointed the new UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

The actor visited an active minefield to see first-hand the work involved in manual demining and explosive ordnance disposal.

In the past decade, UN de-miners have removed some 27,000 landmines from the buffer zone in Cyprus.

UN prepares to "Turn the World UN Blue" to mark anniversary

More than 160 landmarks in nearly 50 countries will be bathed in UN blue as the organization prepares to mark 70 years since its founding. The "Turn the World UN Blue" campaign will see major buildings worldwide lit in blue lighting on the organization's anniversary, 24 October.

Some of the landmarks include the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, the Great Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt, as well as the Empire State Building and UN Headquarters in New York City.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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