News in brief 30 June 2016 (PM)

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Semi-pastoralists have been hard-hit by drought and cattle are dying as the El Niño weather phenomenon has forced families to be on the move from Haro Huba kabele in central Ethiopia in search of grazing land and water. Photo: UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene

"Lasting resilience" needed as El Niño hits Central America 

Urgent international action is needed to build "lasting resilience" along Central America's so-called "dry corridor".

That's according to a crisis meeting of UN agencies and partners in Rome on Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of El Niño on the region.

The weather effect that began in 2015, has contributed to two years of drought, which has left 1.6 million food insecure across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The meeting included top officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD.

Here's IFAD President, Kanayo Nwanze.

"Today more than 3.5 million people need food assistance, and many small family farmers have lost their livelihoods. The purpose of our meeting here today is to throw more light on the impact of drought on the Dry Corridor, and to devise actions that result in lasting resilience for the people who live there."

UN chief signs condolence book at Turkish mission

UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited the Turkish Permanent Mission on Thursday, to offer condolences on behalf of the organization, following Tuesday's deadly attack at Istanbul airport.

The death toll from the suicide-bombings carried out by three militants, stands at 44, with 240 injured, according to news reports.

The Secretary-General said the "heinous attacks", which authorities believe were carried out by ISIL extremists, were a reminder that the international community "must be united to defeat and counter terrorism".

Signing the official condolences book in New York, Mr Ban also expressed the UN's appreciation to the Turkish government for its "generous support for millions of refugees" fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.

Attack on Afghan police convoy kills dozens

An attack by Taliban extremists on a police convoy outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, which reportedly killed at least 30 and wounded 50 others has been condemned by the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The attack targeted Afghan National Police cadets and their instructors.

Here's UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan [Tadamichi Yamamoto] said that there is simply no justification for such an attack and reminded all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan of their obligations under international humanitarian law."

News reports said that all but two of the dead were cadets, who were returning from a ceremony, and about to go on leave.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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