News in Brief 12 January 2016 (AM)

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This Italian Navy landing craft is carrying 186 people who have been rescued at sea. File Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

Nearly 19,000 migrants arrive in Europe already this year

Nearly 19,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea in just the first 11 days of 2016.

That's according to the International Organization on Migration (IOM), which said that arrivals by sea averaged over 1,700 a day in the opening days of the new year.

The first fatalities in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy have also been recorded, a route that took the lives of almost 3,000 migrants in 2015.

IOM said that Italian authorities had recovered the body of a drowned woman who was reportedly thrown into the sea by smugglers.

37 other Somali migrants made it to shore safety on that same vessel, although eight others are still missing.

War in Yemen poses increasing threat to children

Nearly 10 million children in Yemen are "facing a new year of pain and suffering", the UN Children's Agency, UNICEF, has said.

Continuous bombardment and street fighting means children and their families must grapple with a deadly combination of violence, disease and deprivation.

According to UN estimates, nearly 750 children have been killed, with more than 1,100 others injured since the conflict broke out in Yemen last March.

Children also make up at least half of the 2.3 million displaced people in Yemen.  1.3 million under five, face the risk of acute malnutrition and respiratory tract infections.

Bombing of mosques and other attacks in Iraq condemned

The recent bombings of several mosques in Iraq, as well as other sites in the country, are being condemned by the top UN official in the country.

The UN Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has condemned the bombing of six mosques in Diyala Province.

In a statement, Mr Kubiš said "the perpetrators want to incite sectarian violence, in a desperate attempt to take the country back into the dark days of sectarian strife".

He also condemned yesterday's deadly attack on a shopping mall in Baghdad combined with a car bomb that killed at least 17 according to reports, and injured many others.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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