News in Brief 02 November 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Deep concern over hate speech in Myanmar

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his deep concern at the continual use of hate speech in Myanmar.

He said the incitement of what he called "communal animosities" and the abuse of religion for political purposes was being carried out by extreme elements among the majority community in the country.

He also noted the antagonism displayed in certain quarters against international organizations, including the United Nations.

The country, formerly known as Burma, had been under military rule for 50 years until 2011.

Myanmar is holding elections next Sunday.

Remaining hostages released in South Sudan

Thirteen contractors working for the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS), who had been kidnapped by rebels have been released.

It follows the release of 18 UN peacekeepers who had also been kidnapped while on the same barge river convoy.

Here's UNMISS Spokesperson Shantal Persaud.

"The contractors were part of a crew on board a barge convoy transporting fuel to the UNMISS base in Renk. Currently they are undergoing medical assistance and support but they all seem to be in reasonable good condition.”

Libya urged to redouble efforts on political dialogue

The main political stakeholders in Libya have been urged by the UN to redouble their efforts in bringing the political dialogue process to a successful conclusion.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that would allow for an agreement to form the much anticipated Government of National Accord and for the resumption of the North African country's democratic transition.

Rival groups have been battling in Libya since the overthrow of former leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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