News in Brief 03 November 2015 (PM)

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Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel attending the "Heads of State Luncheon," held during the Special Commemorative Session of the General Assembly, to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations, 24 October 1995. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

"Deepest sympathies" expressed by UN chief on anniversary of Israeli leader

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his "deepest sympathies" to the citizens of Israel on the 20th anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

Mr Rabin was assassinated in November 1995 by an Israeli radical who was opposed to the peace process with Palestine.

Ban Ki-moon said he dedicated his life to the security of his homeland and died after "courageously seizing on the need and the opportunity to embark on serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians."

Mr Ban added that in the years since his death, terrorism, expanding settlements and a lack of progress in implementing Israeli-Palestinian agreements have repeatedly shattered hopes for peace.

"Improve data collection" to better assess discrimination

Governments across the world have been urged to improve data collection in order to better assess the situation of vulnerable groups.

The call has come from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism.

Mutuma Ruteere described a serious information gap that limits, what he called, "the effective identification of population groups that are suffering discrimination."

In a report to the UN General Assembly, he said that through better data collection, discriminated-against groups will become more visible and get better protection.

Immediate release of abducted humanitarians in Libya urged

The abduction in southern Libya of two aid workers who continue to be held, has been condemned by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya.

Ali Al-Za'tari said the ability to deliver crucial aid to people in need in the North African country is being affected by threats to humanitarian personnel.

The two abducted men, Mohamed al-Monsef Ali al-Sha'lali and Walid Ramadan Salhub, were kidnapped in June while on their way to deliver relief assistance.

Two rival governments have been fighting for power in Libya which has been wracked by turmoil and division since the overthrow of former President Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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