News in Brief 15 October 2015 (AM)

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International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)in Kandahar City, Afghanistan in June 2010. Photo: ISAF/PAO/Matthew Chlosta

UN honours murdered staff member in Afghanistan

The UN mission in Afghanistan has paid tribute to a staff member murdered in the country earlier this week.

Toopaki Ulfat was remembered for her dedication to helping the most vulnerable in Afghanistan, including women and children.

Ms Ulfat worked for more than five years for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA.

She was shot and killed while walking in the southern city of Kandahar.

No arrests have been made in the killing.

UN chief condemns murders of civilians, police officers in Burundi

The killings of nine civilians and two police officers in Burundi have been met with condemnation from the UN Secretary-General.

The deaths came following heavy gunfire in Bujumbura earlier in the week.

The civilians, including a staff member of the International Organization for Migration, were reportedly shot at close range.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundian authorities to move ahead with a rigorous and prompt investigation into killings.

International Day of Rural Women commemorated around the world

The contributions of rural women to homes, communities and nations are being celebrated Thursday, on the International Day of Rural Women.

In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, according to the UN. They produce, process and prepare much of the available food in rural areas, giving them a vital role in food security.

Women in rural areas have also been identified as having a major role in helping the world to attain new development goals, particularly given that the vast majority of the world's poor live in rural environments.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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