News in Brief 14 March 2016 (AM)

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Ismael Gaspar Martins. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Iran missile tests has affected "trust"

A ballistic missile test in Iran last week has negatively affected the trust between the country and the international community.

That's according to the President of the Security Council for March, the ambassador of Angola to the United Nations.

The United Kingdom, a permanent member of the Council said the launch was "in blatant disregard of resolution 2231."

The resolution deals with nuclear proliferation in Iran.

Here's what Council President Ismael Gaspar Martins from Angola had to say.

"What has been created is a climate which has affected the trust which was created by the joint comprehensive plan following the agreement."

Iran's willingness to re-examine its "staggering execution rate" welcomed

Iran's willingness to re-examine what's been called its "staggering execution rate" has been welcomed by a UN-appointed investigator.

According to Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, the country executed nearly 1,000 people in 2015, the highest number in more than 20 years.

No less than 16 juvenile offenders have also been executed in the last two years, Shaheed told the Human Rights Council.

Nonetheless, the UN human rights experts said that his latest report into the country had found that Iran's government had taken "several positive steps" to address pressing international concerns.

These efforts should be applauded and efforts should be made to ensure they translate into real change on the ground, Shaheed said.

Côte d'Ivoire terrorist attacks condemned by UN Security Council

Terrorist attacks on three hotels in Côte d'Ivoire which led to the deaths of 16 people and injuries to many more have been condemned by the UN Security Council.

Responsibility for the attacks on Sunday in Grand-Bassam, close to the commercial capital, Abidjan, was claimed by the outlawed group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

In an earlier statement, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN would extend its full support to the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in its efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkish capital

And the UN chief has condemned the terrorist assault that reportedly killed and wounded dozens of people in Ankara on Monday.

According to media reports, a car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Kizilay district of the Turkish capital.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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