News in Brief 18 February 2016 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

UN Chief condemns "terror attack" in Turkey

A terror attack that claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured dozens more on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The explosion reportedly caused by a car bomb, occurred at rush hour in the heart of the city of Ankara.

In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr Ban Ki-moon called for the perpetrators of the attack to be swiftly brought to justice.

Migrants in Europe have become "fair-game", says UN rights expert

Migrants in Europe have become "fair-game" for all types of verbal and physical abuse, a UN rights expert has warned.

The discussion concerning migrants has sunk to the smallest common denominator, feeding off xenophobia and fear, said François Crépeau.

A two-day European summit opened in Brussels on Thursday to deal with the migrant crisis.

More than a million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe arriving by sea and land since December 2015, according to UN figures.

Through slowly stripping away the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants added, Europe is creating a scary new "normal".

He called on leaders of the 28-country bloc to halt the continuous regression of the human rights of migrants.

WHO issues guide on sexual transmission of Zika virus

A preliminary guide has been issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to prevent the potential sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

Zika is primarily contracted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito.

However, the sexual transmission of the virus may also be possible, according the evidence of several cases.

Sexual transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in at least two cases and it was confirmed present in semen in one additional case.

The agency says the concern arose because of an association between the Zika virus infection and harmful complications.

These complications include microcephaly, a birth defect where the infant's head is abnormally small and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune disorder.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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