News in Brief 21 December 2015 (PM)

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Lebanon: UN chief calls for restraint following rocket fire toward Israel

The UN Secretary-General is urging "maximum restraint" following the firing of rockets from Lebanon towards Israel on Sunday.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon called the incident a serious violation of a 2006 ceasefire established in the wake of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

Mr Ban also took note of retaliatory mortar strikes by Israel.

The Secretary-General urged all sides to "exercise maximum restraint" and cooperate with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to prevent an escalation.

The UN mission is investigating the incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces.

Somalia: Deadly car bomb attack condemned

A deadly car bomb attack in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has been condemned by the head of the UN mission in the country.

The militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident which took place on a busy road on Sunday.

In a statement, UN envoy Nicholas Kay described the attack as "appalling."

He reiterated the UN's commitment to supporting Somalia and the region to ensure security and stability.

Liberia: Mobile eLearning unit tackles illicit drugs and crime

Law enforcement officials in areas of Africa with poor internet connection will soon be able to access UN online courses covering subjects such as security threats, transnational organized crime and human trafficking.

Access will be offered through a mobile training unit run by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that consists of a vehicle equipped with an electric generator, laptops and a local server.

The first mobile eLearning unit was handed over to the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this month.

UNODC and its partners plan to implement similar programmes in other parts of Africa.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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