News in Brief 08 March 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, in Berlin. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Germany's handling of refugee crisis praised by UN Chief

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown what the UN chief described as "great statesmanship and compassion" in dealing with the refugee issue facing her country and others in Europe.

An unprecedented number of people are arriving in Europe after fleeing conflict and insecurity in the Middle East and Africa.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to the press in Berlin on Tuesday where he received the order of merit, the highest tribute Germany pays to individuals for services to the nation.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Spokesperson, has more.

"The Secretary-General said that Chancellor Merkel had shown great statesmanship and compassion in trying to ensure an effective, rights-based approach to the refugee challenge. He said that at a time when many want to build walls and turn their backs on people in need, she has stood firm in defence of international law, human rights and our common humanity."

Mr Ban and Chancellor Merkel discussed the situation in Ukraine as well as Syria and the refugee crisis in Europe.

Terrorist attack in Tunisia condemned by UN

The terrorist attacks in Tunisia's town of Ben Guerdane, bordering Libya, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Media reports say that several dozens of people were killed when the assailants targeted police and army posts in the town sharing a border with Libya.

Ban Ki-moon said the UN would continue to stand with the North African country as it confronted what he called "the scourge of terrorism".

UN Security Council wraps up visit to West Africa

The United Nations Security Council has wrapped up a three-day mission to West Africa on Tuesday, making their final stop in Dakar, Senegal.

It's the Council's first visit to Senegal where the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) is located.

The delegates composed of representatives from France, Angola, Senegal and Russia, also travelled to Mali and Guinea-Bissau.

In Mali, the Council vowed to support the country's peace and reconciliation efforts. Meanwhile, the ongoing political and institutional tensions in Guinea-Bissau have been a cause of concern for the Council.

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