News in Brief 20 June 2016 (AM)

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Deadly attacks in Afghanistan condemned by UN

A series of attacks that killed and maimed civilians across Afghanistan has been condemned by the UN mission there, UNAMA.

The detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a bazaar in the north-east province of Badakhshan killed 10 civilians, including five children.

Thirty-six others were injured, mostly children.

In a separate incident, a suicide attack in a crowded area of the capital, Kabul, killed 13 Nepalese contractors and injured eight others.

An IED targeting a provincial council member was also detonated in Kabul, injuring four civilians, including the council member.

The outlawed Taliban terrorist group claimed responsibility for both attacks in Kabul city but denied responsibility for the attack in Badakhshan.

 "Outrage" at attack on aid agency vehicle in CAR

"Outrage" has been expressed by the UN following an attack on an aid agency convoy in the Central African Republic which left one person dead.

Armed men attacked vehicles operated by the Doctors without Borders agency, MSF, on 17 June in Kemo Prefecture north-east of the capital, Bangui.

In May, another assault near Bossangoa killed a driver employed by MSF.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Michel Yao, said the "horrific acts show once again the high level of insecurity on the roads which makes humanitarian work extremely precarious."

Goal to feed 1500 Syrian children set for app

A new goal has been set to feed 1500 Syrian children in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley using an app developed by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The ShareTheMeal app reached its goal of providing food for a full year to 1,400 Syrian refugee children in Beirut, Lebanon, in just seven weeks.

WFP said it was made possible in large part because of overwhelming support from 20,000 users who gave money at the start of Ramadan through the app's new Arabic language version.

ShareTheMeal was launched in November 2015.

Since then, more than 550,000 users worldwide have provided the equivalent of more than 6.3 million daily food rations to refugees.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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