News in Brief 02 November 2015 (PM)

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An aid worker unloads food rations from a truck during distribution. File Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Abduction of Congolese aid workers condemned

The abduction on Sunday of 14 aid workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been strongly condemned by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

The people were working for a Congolese non-governmental organization in the Rutshuru area in North Kivu province in the east of the central African country.

The UN's Mamadou Diallo said that the abduction confirms the fragile security situation in which many humanitarian organizations are working in the DRC.

He said the first victims are local people.

Over 700 Iraqis killed in October

A total of 714 people were killed in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2015, the UN Mission in the country,  UNAMI , has confirmed.

The figures include both civilians and security forces personnel.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate.

UNAMI said a lack of access meant that it could not effectively verify causalities in areas were conflict is ongoing.

UN police intervene in demonstrations in Central African Republic

Continuing tensions have been reported by the UN in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

The UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, said UN police were caught in  crossfire during clashes on Sunday.

No injuries were reported.

Earlier in the day, UN police officers intervened between two rival communities to prevent clashes in the 6th district of the capital.

The Mission also sent reinforcements, including armoured vehicles to the area.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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