News in Brief 19 May 2016 (PM)

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Amr Abdellatif (at table, right). Photo: UNSOM

Security Council visits Somalia, stresses importance of "moving forward"

Somalia needs to "move forward" with its timetable for fresh elections and deal with the continuing threat posed armed extremists.

That was the message on Thursday, from the President of the Security Council, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, of Egypt, after council members spent the day in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as part of their mission to the Horn of Africa.

Somalia's first democratic elections in 47 years are due to take place in August, with the full backing and support of the Security Council.

The UN and the African Union continue to support the country through as it emerges from decades of conflict.

Mr Abdellatif, told reporters the council had held productive meetings with Somalia's leading politicians.

"The most important thing is to move forward, be inclusive. Without that I think it will be impossible really to have peace in this country. Somalia is important, the Horn of Africa, strategically important for the whole world, not only for this region. We need to move on. We will provide our support to the government when it wants to build its army, economically, socially, everything."

Condolences for families of those who died in EgyptAir crash

Wreckage has been found from EgyptAir flight MS804, which came down south of Greece on Thursday, killing all 66 people on board.

The plane was travelling from Paris to Cairo, and authorities are still investigating the exact cause of the crash.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, expressed his sincere condolences to Egypt, France, and all other nations who lost citizens on board.

He expressed sympathy for those who died, and all the families involved.

The passenger list included 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals, two Iraqis, a Briton, a Kuwaiti, a Saudi, a Chadian, one Portuguese, one Belgian, one Algerian and one Canadian citizen.

Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every single day

Four schools or hospitals every single day are either attacked or occupied.

That's the chilling statistic to emerge from a UN Children's Fund, or UNICEF analysis of the most recent UN report on Children and Armed Conflict.

The data was released on Thursday ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, taking place next week in Istanbul, Turkey.

UNICEF's Director of Emergency Programmes, Afshan Khan, said it was disgraceful that children were "being killed, wounded, and permanently disabled, in the very places where they should be protected and feel safe."

A hospital was struck in Aleppo Syria, on 27 April, killing at least 50, and figures show that in 2014, there were 1500 incidents involving attacks or the occupation of classrooms or medical facilities.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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