News in Brief 07 July 2016 (AM)

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UN peacekeepers on patrol in Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

Two peacekeepers killed in Mali training accident

Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in Mali after a mortar bomb accidentally exploded during a training exercise.

The UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, said the incident took place on a shooting range in Kidal in the north-east of the country on Wednesday morning.

A third peacekeeper was wounded and is receiving treatment.

The mission has launched an inquiry into the incident.

Media reports said the two men who died were Dutch.

350,000 in need of food in Swaziland

In Swaziland, some 350,000 people or one third of the population are in need of food relief, the World Food Programme has reported.

Hunger is on the increase in the southern African country due to the worst drought in the region in more than two decades.

WFP food relief and cash assistance are expected to reach 100,000 people in August.

The Government declared a state of emergency in February and has launched a US$85 million emergency plan.

"Spoilers" in CAR resorting to violence

The "relentless efforts" by a number of so-called spoilers in the Central African Republic (CAR) who are resorting to armed violence to settle disputes has been condemned by the UN's most senior official in the country.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, said there had been a number of violent incidents in recent weeks in several parts of the country which had led to "unnecessary loss of lives, many wounded people and desolation."

He condemned the attacks but added that they were not a "direct threat" to peace consolidation and stabilization efforts.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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