News in brief 28 June 2016 (PM)

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefs the press following closed Security Council consultations on the situation in Iraq in February 2016. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

"Cowardly attack" shows terrorists' "disdain for Islam"

A suicide bombing in Iraq that news reports say killed at least twelve and injured more than 30, has been condemned as a "cowardly attack" by the senior UN representative in the country.

The bomber, who was wearing an explosive vest, struck a mosque in the town of Abu Ghraib, west of the capital Baghdad.

Special Representative Ján Kubiš, expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Here's UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"Mr. Kubiš said that this cowardly attack happening during the holy month of Ramadan and as worshippers were gathered for evening prayers, shows the terrorists' total disdain for Islam and rejection of its values.

First group of UN observers arrive in Colombia following peace accord

The first group of UN observers have arrived in the Colombian capital Bogota, following the historic bilateral ceasefire agreement signed last week.

Members of the Colombian government attended a formal ceasefire ceremony with the leadership of the FARC rebel group, in Havana, Cuba, bringing a more than 50 year conflict to an end.

The UN is taking on the crucial role of monitoring and verifying the ceasefire, ahead of the signing of a final peace agreement.

More details from Farhan Haq again.

"These observers are from Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay. They join an Advance Team of about 20 civilian staff already in the country preparing for the establishment of the mission. A second group of observers is expected to arrive at the beginning of July."

El Niño exacerbating drought, leaving 50m Africans food insecure

Around 50 million people in eastern and southern Africa are food insecure, largely due to drought which is being exacerbated by the El Niño weather pattern.

The disruptive weather phenomenon is hitting the continent in numerous ways, according to the latest report on its impact from the UN Humanitarian Affairs office, OCHA.

Around 21.7 million will require food assistance in southern Africa, as well as more than 10 million in Ethiopia.

That number is likely to grow in the second half of the year, said OCHA.

In Sudan, around 3.5 million are being affected by El Niño, and a further 1.7 million in Somalia.

The funding gap for humanitarian aid in Africa currently stands at US$2.2 billion.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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