News in Brief 11 August 2016 (AM)

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A girl stands barefoot on a muddy walkway between rows of tent shelters, in the Bab Al Salame camp for internally displaced persons, near the border with Turkey, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photo: UNICEF

"Ensure safety and dignity of civilians" in Aleppo urges UNHCR

All parties to the fighting in and around Aleppo in Syria have a duty to "ensure, first and foremost, the safety and dignity of civilians," according to a statement issued on Thursday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Heavy fighting in recent weeks between rebels and Russian-backed government forces has left 250,000 besieged in eastern Aleppo without access to humanitarian supplies, and two million people across the city have no access to running water.

UNHCR said it was "gravely concerned" by a series of attacks on Internally Displaced Person settlements in Idlib Governorate over the past ten days, as well as other settlements around Syria.

The attacks have resulted in heavy casualties and indicate a "shocking disregard for civilian life" said UNHCR.

The agency reiterated its call for ensuring the protection of civilians based in international law.

Nepal's quake-damaged museums open to visitors

More than a year after the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, some of the country's best-known museums that were damaged have re-opened, thanks to the efforts of the UN and partners.

Christian Manhart, Director of the UN Cultural Organization UNESCO's office in the capital Kathmandu, said that the rehabilitation of the museums would have a "deep, positive impact on the economic and social development of the country."

Among the notable institutions that have opened their doors again, are the National Museum and the National Art Gallery.

The renowned Patan Museum and Panauti Museum will also be open again soon.

Mr Manhart added that there was a "tremendous sense of identity, determination and hope" generated by the re-openings, and restoration of damaged temples.

The earthquakes in April and May last year killed more than 8,700, and damaged more than 250,000 homes. 691 historic buildings were damaged and 131 of them completely destroyed.

Lower oil prices affect global growth of mining industry, says report

Global production from mining activities has been "significantly affected" by low crude oil prices, according to a report released on Thursday by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The report shows that the combined production of mining and utilities rose by only 0.1 per cent during 2015.

Between 2010 and 2015 the annual average growth in emerging and developing economies was around 2.8 per cent, although it was only 1 per cent in industrialized countries.

UNIDO said that the figures indicate a declining trend compared to the data for last year.

Extraction of crude oil, accounts for almost 90 per cent of the mining industry in oil-rich economies.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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