News in Brief 21 October 2015 (PM)

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Bernardino Léon, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaks to journalists. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

You can't hijack Libya's peace process, hardliners told

"Hardliners" will not be allowed to "hijack" Libya's stalled peace-process, according to the chief UN mediator there.

UN Special Representative, Bernadino Leon, was responding to the refusal of some lawmakers from rival governments in the strife-ridden country, to accept a power-sharing arrangement.

The UN-brokered deal is seen by some members of the internationally-recognized Libyan parliament in Tobruk, as giving too much power to the more conservative Islamic-led rival government, based in Tripoli.

Mr Leon said he was determined to press ahead for the sake of the Libyan people:

"There's no chance for small groups or personalities to hijack this process, that a majority of the Libyans want a political solution. They don't want any more confrontation. The lenient people are the ones suffering the results of this confrontation."

Resolution "strongly condemns" Israeli handling of holy site

Israel's handling of the religious site that is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque, has been strongly criticized in a resolution passed by the executive body of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

But the resolution left out a highly controversial proposal, which would have changed the status of one of Judaism's holiest places known as the Western Wall, placing it inside the Al Aqsa compound.

Instead, it "strongly condemns" what it calls "aggressions and illegal measures" by Israel, against Muslim worshippers to the mosque, which is the third-holiest place in Islam.

The sites are adjacent to each other, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Israel condemned the UNESCO resolution, claiming that it was a Palestinian attempt to rewrite history.

Cricketers club together for disadvantaged children

The world's cricketing community is joining forces with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to help disadvantaged children.

The sport's ruling body, the International Cricket Council, has announced a five-year partnership with the fund, called "Cricket For Good."

Every year, nearly six million children die before their fifth birthday from mainly preventable diseases, and 59 million primary-aged children do not attend school.

Organizers are hoping that the huge popularity of cricket, especially in countries like India and Pakistan, will help draw attention to the cause.

The partnership's initial focus will be on improving sanitation in India, which could save thousands of young lives each year.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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