News in Brief 25 February 2016 (PM)

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Murtaza proudly shows off his new signed jerseys and a football he received from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi. © UNICEF Afghanistan/2016/Mahdy Mehraeen

Syria ceasefire discussions to take place at UN

The international community is due to meet on Friday to discuss a ceasefire in Syria, the UN has announced.

The country is entering its sixth year of civil war.

The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Millions have fled as refugees.

The Ceasefire Task Force of the International Syria Support Group will meet at the UN in Geneva and will be chaired jointly by Russia and the United States.

Solidarity expressed with CAR families after fires

Humanitarian aid is being provided by the UN to displaced people in the Central African Republic whose temporary shelters have been destroyed by a series of fires in January and February.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Aurélien Agbénonci, has expressed solidarity with the hundreds of families whose accommodation was burnt down.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"He said that humanitarian actors in the country continue to respond to the urgent needs of the people affected by these fires. He added that the humanitarian community stands beside them and continues to support them."

Humanitarian organizations are providing food, tarpaulins, water and sanitation kits as well as mats and blankets to affected people in the town of Bambari, north-east of the capital Bangui.

Afghan boy replaces plastic Messi football shirt with signed version

A five year old Afghan boy whose photo went viral after he was pictured wearing an Argentine national soccer shirt made from a plastic bag, has received a real shirt from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi.

Murtaza Ahmadi had written the name and number of his football hero Messi, who plays for Argentina and Barcelona, on the bag.

The UN Children's Fund presented Murtaza with two shirts signed by the worldwide star at the agency's office in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

He was also given a football which UNICEF said symbolizes a child's right to play.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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