News in Brief 5 July 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard (file)

Saudi Arabia terrorist attacks condemned

Terrorist attacks in the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah in Saudi Arabia on Monday have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said they were "all the more despicable" as they were carried out as residents were preparing for Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The bombings, which reportedly killed four people, followed recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Mr Ban stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.

"Race against time" to provide emergency shelters for Iraqi displaced

In Iraq, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said it is facing a "race against time" to provide enough emergency shelters for people escaping conflict.

Thousands more people are fleeing as a military offensive to retake the eastern bank of the Tigris river from extremist groups continues.

It is estimated that as many as 10,000 more could arrive in the next few days and weeks as families flee villages in Hamdaniya district.

UNHCR has urged the Iraqi authorities to free up more land so new facilities can be built to house the displaced families.

Existing shelters are said to be "hugely overcrowded."

More than 290 people killed across Pakistan due to heavy rains

Some 293 people have been killed, and 331 injured across Pakistan due to heavy rains and severe weather events since March, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA has said.

The South Asian country has reported unseasonably heavy pre-monsoon rains.

In one incident in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province a flash flood washed away a mosque, an army check point, and numerous houses resulting in the death of 29 people, including seven children.

Thirteen people were reported missing. OCHA confirmed that search and rescue operations were underway.

Ageist scapegoating sparked by Brexit "deplored" 

A series of attacks in the media against old people in the wake of the United Kingdom's referendum to leave the European Union, the so-called Brexit, has been deplored by a UN independent expert.

The UK decision to split from the EU reportedly received strong support from voters over the age of 65.

The United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, said a number of European national newspapers and social media outlets had stigmatized older people as the scapegoats for Brexit.

One magazine she said even suggested that their right to vote should be taken away, just as driver's licenses are, after they reach a certain age.

She added that this type of ageism is the "root of the marginalization, social exclusion and isolation of older persons."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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