News in Brief 13 April 2016 (AM)

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to journalists in Geneva, in March 2016. UN Photo/Anne-Laure Lechat

Syria talks set for second round in Geneva

Syria peace talks prepared to resume on Wednesday in Geneva with political transition in the war-torn country among the key issues set to dominate proceedings.

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, planned to meet first with the main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee or HNC.

The government of Syria delegation is expected to arrive after national elections, also beginning on Wednesday.

As happened during the first round of talks, UN negotiator de Mistura is expected to continue shuttling between delegations during this second round in the Swiss city.

Immediate release urged of captive UN staffer in Donetsk

The immediate release of a UN staff member who has been held captive in Donetsk in Ukraine has been urged by the United Nations.

The UN said the staffer, who hasn't been named, is thought to have been well treated.

Media reports said the man had been captured by pro-Russian rebels.

The UN said it has mobilized "all channels to ensure his immediate and unconditional release."

"High risk" of malaria epidemic in Yemen

Experts are warning of a "high risk" of a malaria epidemic in Yemen following an escalation of conflict over the last year in the Gulf state.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said limited access to clean water and sanitation as well as a lack of fuel to transport medical supplies has significantly increased the risk of malaria spreading.

More than 78 per cent of Yemen's population lives in at-risk areas, with 25 per cent living in high-risk areas.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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