News in Brief 19 November 2015 (PM)

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ISIL murder of two hostages a "heinous and cowardly act"

The murder of two foreign hostages by the terrorist group ISIL has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Council members called the execution of Fan Jinghui of China and Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad of Norway a "heinous and cowardly act."

Their killings once again demonstrated the brutality of the terrorist group, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses, the statement continued.

The Security Council stressed that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it advocates must be stamped out.

Services "collapsing" due to months of conflict in Yemen

The health and education systems in Yemen are "on the brink of collapse," a senior official with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has warned.

John Ging, OCHA's Head of Operations, has concluded a three-day visit to the country, where more than 21 million people require humanitarian protection and assistance following months of fighting between government troops and rebel forces.

Mr Ging said the conflict is having a "devastating effect" on all aspects of life, as services and livelihoods are collapsing.

He reported that ministries are running out of money to pay health workers and teachers, and that there are widespread shortages of medicines.

The UN and its partners are working to deliver food and other humanitarian relief to more than two million people in Yemen each month.

Businesses pledge climate action

A total of 103 institutions and global and local businesses have pledged to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and cut waste.

Meeting in the City of Reykjavik in Iceland, they signed a Declaration on Climate Issues.

The declaration is intended to motivate those organizations to take global action as well as encourage environmental initiatives in their local community.

In December the international community is meeting in Paris, France in the hope of reaching a universal deal on climate change which will keep temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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