News in Brief 28 December 2015 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Cia Pak

UN Secretary-General welcomes agreement on so-called "comfort women"

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the agreement between Japan and South Korea on issues related to so-called "comfort women".

The term refers to the hundreds of thousands of women, many of them Korean, forced to work in Japanese brothels during the Second World War.

Ban Ki-moon said that he hopes the deal will contribute to improving the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held in Seoul on Monday.

The UN chief thanked the President of South Korea and Prime Minister of Japan for their leadership and vision, while also stressing the importance of the countries in the region continuing to build stronger ties, "based on the recognition of history".

Iraqis congratulated by UN official on liberation of Ramadi

The Iraqi people have received congratulations for liberating the city of Ramadi from the terrorist group, ISIL.

Ján Kubiš, the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said the liberation of Ramadi showed that "terrorism can and will be defeated."

He added that through such valiant efforts and sacrifices, ISIL was steadily losing ground in Iraq.

The terrorist group overran Ramadi in May. Iraqi security forces were able to regain control of the city this weekend, after several weeks of intense fighting.

Safety of journalists to be focus of major UN international conference

The issue of the safety of journalists will be the focus of a major international conference in the new year.

The conference, which is being organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will bring together high level representatives of news organizations from around the world.

The event, to be held in early February in France, will allow participants to discuss existing and emerging measures that can be taken to strengthen journalists' safety worldwide.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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