News in Brief 23 March 2016 (AM)

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Martin Delingon’s bathes near his house on July 13, 2014, that was among those in the Philippines crushed by this ship that was swept ashore by typhoon Haiyan’s storm surge. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Time for decisive action to address climate change

The world must take action now as it faces a "hotter, drier, wetter" future due to climate change.

That's the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this Wednesday, echoing the theme for World Meteorological Day.

Mr Ban said the effects of a warming planet will be felt by all, while extreme weather is becoming "the new normal."

He called for action "to strengthen resilience to the inevitable changes to come, especially in less well-developed countries."

Guatemalan journalist murder "an attack on the media as a whole"

The murder of a radio journalist in Guatemala has been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Mario Roberto Salazar Barahona was shot and killed on 17 March.

He was a broadcaster and the director of radio Estéreo Azúcar in the southern city of Asunción Mita.

UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova called the crime "an attack on the media as a whole."

She expressed hope that those responsible will be brought to trial.

Updated treaty paves way for "next revolution" in road traffic

A decades-old treaty that sets out standard road traffic rules has been updated for the 21st century.

The 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic has been amended to allow for automated driving, the UN announced on Wednesday.

This means that technologies which let vehicles drive themselves are now admissible in traffic, provided they are in line with the UN regulations and can be overridden or switched off by the driver.

Automated driving is "the next revolution in the field of mobility," according to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which administers the 1968 treaty.

The UN body says driving that is automatically controlled by a computer is expected to make road transport safer, and potentially more environmentally friendly, efficient and accessible.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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