News in Brief 19 October 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) jointly addresses a press conference with Miroslav Lajčak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Show "global solidarity" and compassion over refugees

Europe's leaders need to show more global solidarity and compassion for the thousands of refugees flocking to their borders, said the UN Secretary General on Monday.

Speaking to reporters at a humanitarian centre in Slovakia, Ban Ki-moon thanked those governments which had already taken in so many refugees.

He said that despite the logistical challenges of dealing with so many migrants and refugees from countries like Syria and Afghanistan, there was now a "crisis of global solidarity" that demanded a humane response.

He singled out the governments of Slovakia and Austria which have taken in thousands.

He said that all the countries affected needed to respond with "warm hearts" to people simply trying to live in dignity.

Aid reaches thousands of besieged Syrians in urgent need

Nearly 30,000 Syrian civilians have received urgently-needed supplies, after being reached by aid trucks on Sunday,

The convoys were organised by the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, following a ceasefire agreement finalized last month.

The aid was delivered to two different areas of the war-torn country. Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Yesterday's mission was critical as it allowed aid organizations to reach thousands of people in these besieged locations with urgently needed assistance. Negotiations continue with the aim of delivering further humanitarian and medical supplies."

Calm returning to Afghan city of Kunduz

Calm is returning to the Afghan city of Kunduz, after government forces managed to recapture the city from the Taliban earlier this month.

Humanitarian agencies there have reported to UN officials that water and electricity has been restored to most parts of the city, including the main regional hospital.

But security concerns remain, and not all of those who fled the city when the Taliban advanced in late September, have returned home.

Aid organisations working in Kunduz said that they need extra funding to replenish emergency supplies.

World premiere for Jamaica's freedom-fighter heroine

The world premiere of a documentary celebrating Jamaica's own "Nanny of the Maroons" takes place at UN headquarters on Monday night.

"Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess" tells the story of one of the 18th Century's most extraordinary figures, who led the Maroons, a band of formerly enslaved Africans, in successful revolt over British rule.

The film documents their struggle for freedom and Nanny's large impact on the history of Jamaica, as well as contemporary feminism.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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