News in brief 29 June 2016 (AM)

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A busy street in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

Efforts to combat terrorism "need to intensify" after Istanbul attack

International efforts to combat terrorism "need to intensify" in the wake of Wednesday's attack by suicide bombers on the main airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

That's the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following the attack which left more than 40 dead and more than 200 injured.

News reports say that three armed terrorists carried out the attack at Ataturk airport, but so far no group has claimed responsibility.

Turkey has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning.

A spokesperson for Mr Ban said the UN chief "stood firmly behind Turkey" as it confronts the terrorist threat.

He expressed "deepest sympathy and condolences" to the families of all the victims and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Negotiators in Yemeni peace talks hopeful of "new phase"

"Extensive discussions" over a possible peace deal to end the bloody civil war in Yemen have entered a "new phase."

That's according to the UN Special Envoy who convened the talks between government and opposition negotiators that have been taking place in Kuwait.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Wednesday that "the main principles" for moving on to the next phase of talks had been established, and delegations would now report back to their respective leaderships.

Talks are set to resume again on 15 July.

The envoy said that he would spend the next two weeks meeting with key stakeholders in Yemen and the region.

Thousands of pregnant girls among wave of displaced fleeing Niger

An estimated 3,000 pregnant girls are among the latest wave of civilians to flee Niger following attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

The UN Population Fund, UNFPA, said that the girls were in "urgent need of antenatal, maternal and post-partum care".

Boko Haram extremists launched attacks on the town of Bosso, in south-eastern Niger, in early June, which led to the mass displacement of around 75,000 people from the area, according to UNFPA.

The organization is distributing delivery kits to help ensure safe childbirth conditions for the girls, as well as special hygiene kits for women.

Violence has risen in recent weeks, contributing to an estimated 240,000 people displaced in Diffa Region, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

"Before the latest attack on Bosso, one in every three inhabitants of the Diffa Region was forcibly displaced," the agency said in a recent report.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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