News in Brief 15 December 2015 (AM)

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Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), speaks during the Security Council's meeting on the situations in Sudan and South Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Sudan President remains "fugitive from justice"

The President of Sudan remains a "fugitive from justice" the Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court or ICC has told the Security Council.

An arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir was issued by the ICC in 2009, but has not yet been acted upon.

The warrant relates to the Sudanese region of Darfur where, the UN estimates 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in 2003.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said despite repeated Council resolutions, the people of Darfur have continued to endure desolation, alleged gross violations of human rights, indiscriminate killings, mass rape and sexual abuse.

She said individuals against whom ICC arrest warrants have been issued, have continued to evade justice.

"As my Office’s reports have indicated, Mr Al Bashir is not only a fugitive from justice who continues to travel across international borders, but he also harbours other fugitives and refuses to facilitate their surrender and transfer to the ICC to be tried."

Investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities closed

A 12-year-long investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities has been closed by the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.

The announcement was made by the chief of the agency, Yukiya Amano, who said there was no evidence that Iran was running a clandestine nuclear weapons programme.

"The Agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.  Nor has the Agency found any credible indications of the diversion of nuclear material in connection with the possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme."

Iran has always denied that it was developing nuclear weapons.

UN sanctions on Iran could be lifted as a result of the IAEA's findings.

"Bridge" technology divides, urges UN chief

The gap between people who have access to technology and those who don't must be bridged, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a meeting to review progress ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society.

More than 80 per cent of households in developed countries now have Internet access, but Mr Ban said divides still exist.

"Women are half the global population, yet 200 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet. We must bridge these divides."

Duration: 2'37"

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