News in Brief 27 November 2015 (PM)

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Peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UN Photo/Martine Perret

Killing of UN peacekeeper in Sudanese town condemned by UN chief

An attack on Thursday on the residence of a local leader on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, during which one Ethiopian UN peacekeeper and a young girl were killed, has been strongly condemned by the Secretary-General.

The attack in Abyei town by unknown assailants also left at least three civilians wounded.

Ban Ki-moon called on the governments of both countries to assist the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

He urged the two main ethnic communities in the town, the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya to remain calm and avoid any escalation of what he called "this tragic incident."

Protection for Venezuelan opposition politicians urged following assassination

Venezuelan authorities have been urged by the UN human rights chief to ensure that political opponents, human rights defenders and other people facing threats in relation to their work are adequately protected.

The call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein follows the assassination of Venezuelan opposition leader, Luis Diaz.

Parliamentary elections are due to take place in the South American country on 6 December.

When Diaz was shot, he was sharing the stage with the campaigner and activist Lilian Tintori, who is married to jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

It is not clear whether she was also a target.

Report on racism and discrimination in international football launched

The Italian football team Juventus has launched a report with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO on measures to fight racism and discrimination in international football.

In her foreword to the report, "Colour? What Colour?", the UNESCO chief Irina Bokova argues that sport provides a unique platform to promote the values of intercultural dialogue and understanding.

She said it also promotes gender equality, while reinforcing social inclusion.

She cautioned, however, that sport can also be exploited to divide and discriminate between people.

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