News in Brief 02 December 2015 (PM)

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Iraqi refugee children. Photo: Iraqi Red Crescent/UNOCHA

Child casualties grow in Iraq says new UN report

Boys and girls in Iraq are increasingly becoming victims of "extreme violence" according to a new UN report on children and armed conflict in the country.

The UN has documented more than 3,000 child casualties during the period from January 2011 to the end of June this year.

Here's the Secretary-General's spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric:

"The report details a large number of abuses against Iraqi children, including killing and maiming, acts of extreme violence, and the abduction of close to 1,400 boys and girls, and recurrent attacks on schools and hospitals, and the recruitment and use of children as well as sexual violence used as a tactic by Daesh and other extremist groups."

Landmines still "kill and terrorize" despite major advances: UN chief

Landmines still "kill, maim and terrorize" people around the world, despite major advances in outlawing their use.

That's the message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Wednesday's meeting of countries which are party to the Convention on Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines.

Mr Ban pointed out that eight million people still live close to areas contaminated with mines, and almost five million are at risk by travelling through mined areas.

Despite the fact that 157 states have signed up to the Mine Ban Convention, Mr Ban urged those remaining to work towards a "mine-free world".

More than 47 million mines have already been destroyed under the convention.

Concern over failure to find perpetrators of deadly West Bank arson attack

Concern has been raised by a senior UN official over the failure to bring to justice those behind an arson attack which killed three members of a Palestinian family, including a baby.

The Dawabsha family's home was firebombed in the village of Duma, in the Occupied West Bank last July.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said that he was concerned by the "slow progress" being made and called on the Israeli authorities to do more to find those responsible.

He added that with the current escalation of violence, it was more important than ever to act decisively against acts of terrorism, to stem hatred and incitement.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 1’58″

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