News in Brief 19 May 2016 (AM)

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Senegalese police officers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), patrol the streets of the city of Gao, in Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Five peacekeepers killed in Mali, UN chief condemns attack

Five UN peacekeepers serving in the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, have been killed in a deadly attack by unknown assailants that also left three injured.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the assault, which took place in the Kidal region of the North African country.

The peacekeepers were all from Chad.

Mr Ban sent his sincere condolences to their families, and called for "swift action to bring the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice."

Since the beginning of 2016, a dozen attacks against UN personnel have taken place in the Kidal region, resulting in at least 12 deaths.

Pfizer decision to ban use of drugs in executions welcomed by UN

The decision by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to ban the use of its drugs in executions within the United States has been welcomed by the UN.

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said he warmly welcomed Pfizer's initiative to ensure that its drugs will not be used by states to carry out lethal injections of prisoners sentenced to death.

He pointed out that "businesses, across many industries can help prevent human rights violations occurring."

"It is heartening" he added, "to see companies playing an active role…towards ending the use of the death penalty."

Pfizer said it was restricting the sale of seven products that have been part of lethal injection protocols in some states.

New food study promotes "win-win" approach to tackle climate change

A new study from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has revealed the "win-win" formula being adopted by some countries to promote healthy eating that's also good for the planet.

The Plates, Pyramids, Planet study, carried out in conjunction with the Food Climate Research Network in the UK, evaluates food guidelines and regulations from across the globe.

It looked in particular at whether government policies are linking environmental sustainability with good eating habits.

Only four countries acknowledged the threats posed by modern food production systems and diet at the time of the study: Brazil, Germany, Sweden and Qatar.

But FAO said that the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have now joined the group of countries adopting the "win-win" approach in their food guidelines.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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