News in Brief 20 January 2016 (AM)

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Libyan parties sign the Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco, 17 December 2015. Photo: UNSMIL

Secretary-General "warmly welcomes" Libya unity government

The nomination of ministers for Libya's new unity Government is an "important step" towards resolving the country's crisis, the UN Secretary-General has said.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said he "warmly welcomes" the news and looks forward to the endorsement of the new Government so that it can address the numerous challenges in the North African nation.

The Government of National Accord will do away with the two regimes that have been battling for power in Libya, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of former President Muammar Al-Qaddafi.

Mr Ban commended all Libyan leaders for demonstrating their commitment to putting national interests first.

He also called on Libyans to support implementation of the peace deal that paved the way for the unity government, so that the country can continue on its democratic transition.

Slovenia steps up support for refugee and migrant children

A partnership between the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Slovenia will support refugee and migrant children who pass through the Central European country on their way to other destinations.

The aim is to strengthen and scale up protection services for so-called "children on the move" in addition to providing them with winter clothing, among other measures.

For example, safe spaces will be made available so that children can rest or recuperate from their journey.

They will also be able to access psychosocial first aid.

Up to 3,000 refugees and migrants pass through Slovenia every day, according to UNICEF.

The majority spend just a short time in the country before moving on.

UN culture chief deplores killing of freelance reporter in Yemen

The killing of a journalist in Yemen has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Almigdad Mojalli, a freelancer for Voice of America, died on Sunday in the capital, Sana'a.

He was reportedly killed by shrapnel from an airstrike while on assignment.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova called on all warring parties to ensure that journalists are able to carry out their work in the safest conditions possible.

The UN agency, which defends freedom of expression and press freedom,  has established a website dedicated to journalists who have been killed in the line of duty.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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