News in Brief 11 December 2015 (PM)

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More than 200,000 Burundians have fled unrest in their country to live as refugees in neighbouring states where families live extremely close together, and cooking must be done outside. Photo: Will Boase/IRIN

Fresh violence in Burundi draws condemnation from UN chief

Fresh violence in Burundi has drawn condemnation from the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said the attacks against military camps in Bujumbura early on Friday, risk further destabilizing the central African country.

Burundi has been plagued by political conflict since the country's president announced this spring that he would seek a third term in office.  The latest attacks are some of the worst violence the country has seen since then.

The UN chief has urged all parties to refrain from further violence, or from retaliating, while emphasizing the importance of upholding the rule of law.

He also stressed that anyone responsible for ordering or committing human rights violations must be held accountable.

Hundreds evacuated from beleaguered community of Syria

More than 300 combatants, along with their families and the critically injured have been evacuated from the community of Al Waer, on the outskirts of the beleaguered Syrian city of Homs.

The move came as part of an agreement between the Syrian government and local authorities.

Over the last week, humanitarian aid was finally delivered to around 60,000 people who have been trapped in Al Waer and surrounding areas.

Disruptions in food and fuel imports causing worry in Nepal

Major disruptions in food and fuel imports between India and Nepal are having a severe impact.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said the disruptions are causing widespread alarm in Nepal along with rising prices.

The cost of some basic food staples in the country, such as cooking oil, rice, lentils, sugar and salt have already soared in recent weeks as supplies dwindle.

The World Food Programme says that if trade remains restricted and food prices continue to rise, a serious humanitarian crisis will be hard to avoid.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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