News in Brief 28 April 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Hospital air strikes in Syria condemned by UN chief

Air strikes against a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo in which at least 20 people were reportedly killed have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Civil society groups said three children and the area’s last paediatrician died in the attack on Wednesday night.

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, reiterated his condemnation of recent indiscriminate shelling by government forces and opposition groups, as well as terrorist tactics carried out by extremists.

He said attacks that target civilians are "inexcusable violations of international human rights and humanitarian law."

Yemen peace talks continue in "positive atmosphere"

Peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen, organized under the auspices of the UN Special Envoy for the country, have continued in what he described as a "positive atmosphere."

Fighting in the Gulf state has led to the death of more than 6,400 people and has forced over 2.7 million to flee their homes.

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has held several rounds of talks on a general framework for negotiations.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The sessions included an overview of the proposal, together with its associated implementation and coordination mechanisms. The talks also addressed ways to strengthen the De-Escalation and Coordination Committee and the issues related to the withdrawal of armed groups, the handover of heavy weapons, the resumption of the political transition, and the release of prisoners and detainees."

Zambia could "become a champion" for disabled rights in Africa

Zambia has the potential to become a disability champion in Africa, provided that the Government implements its policy and legal framework on disability.

That's according to UN independent expert Catalina Devandas who has recently made her first official visit to the southern African nation.

She praised government initiatives to identify and aid its citizens with disabilities, but said there were stark disparities between rural and urban areas in relation to the accessibility and availability of services.

And she highlighted the situation of people with albinism, who live in constant fear of being attacked and killed for their body parts.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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