News in Brief 12 February 2016 (PM)

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Senegalese police officers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), patrol the streets of the city of Gao, in Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

"Outrage" over attack in Mali which killed 5 UN peacekeepers

An attack on a UN base in Mali, which killed five peacekeepers from Guinea and wounded 36 others, has been strongly condemned by the mission in the country, MINUSMA

The top UN official in the country, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said he was "outraged" by the attack in Kidal in the north of the West African country.

The authorities in Mali, with the support of MINUSMA, have been seeking to restore stability and rebuild the country following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup and renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels.

Conviction of people smugglers in Italy welcomed by UN

The conviction of six people smugglers in Italy has been welcomed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The trial in Palermo ended with the successful dismantling of a migrant smuggling network.

While operational, the network stretched across 12 countries and two continents.

It was responsible for the loss of 300 lives off the coast of Lampedusa in 2013.

Here's UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

"The investigation and subsequent guilty verdicts send a powerful signal to every country that migrant smuggling laws must not only be adopted, but also forcefully applied against criminals."

Canada praised for "compassionate leadership" on refugees

Canada has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for what he called its "compassionate leadership" on refugees.

The North American country has taken in 25,000 people who have fled the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Speaking in Canada, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon had this to say about the refugees.

"They have lost their homes and their family members. They deserve opportunity, human rights protection and peace. Canada is helping to give them hope. I applaud highly Canada's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. This is a great demonstration of compassionate leadership."

Two-state solution for Israel and Palestine "dangerously imperiled"

A solution for the future of Israel and Palestine is being "dangerously imperiled" by the current situation in the region, according to the Middle East Quartet.

The Quartet said that continued acts of violence against civilians, ongoing settlement activity and the high rate of demolitions of Palestinian structures were threatening the viability of a two-state solution, where both communities can live side-by-side and in peace.

The four members of the group, the EU, Russia, the US and United Nations are tasked with mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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