News in Brief 11 August 2016 (PM)

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Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Ukraine challenges Russia for proof of alleged "terrorist" attack inside Crimea

The Ukrainian ambassador challenged Russia on Thursday to provide proof of Ukrainian involvement in an alleged "terrorist" incursion inside Crimea.

Speaking after a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue, Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, said his government had asked the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission to try and get access to the Russian-controlled Crimea region, in order to establish the facts.

Russian authorities, according to news reports, claim that two Ukrainian intelligence officers had plotted an attack on infrastructure in Crimea.

The crisis in Eastern Ukraine has entered its third year, pitting government forces against separatist rebels.

Ambassador Yelchenko claimed that around 40,000 Russian troops were stationed at or near the border with Ukraine, ratcheting up military and diplomatic tensions.

"If their allegations on what happened, this so-called terrorist attempt of Ukraine across the border with Crimea, if it happened in reality where are the proofs, statements, pictures, photos, videos whatever? They are only words."

Iraq signs new agreement with UN to help root out corruption

The Iraqi government signed an agreement on Thursday with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Baghdad, to help it root-out and prosecute corruption.

A senior government official said that "ending impunity" was "at the centre of our reform agenda" adding that they had asked UNDP to provide technical assistance.

More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"The agency said that with Da'esh nearly defeated, strengthening governance is a top priority. The Development Programme said it will recruit international investigators to help train Iraqi investigators."

The lead investigator will be deployed within the Integrity Commission, and Higher Judicial Council of the Iraq government.

New project aims to help transform lives of rural poor in Mexico

A project to help transform the lives of people living in poor and rural areas of Mexico has been finalized.

The Rural Productive Inclusion Project will be overseen by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the UN agency for rural development and the Mexican government.

The initiative will be implemented in 26 different municipalities, and benefit around 12,800 families.

The aim is to promote entrepreneurship among low-income rural dwellers, who receive social benefits in the form of cash transfers, giving them more control over how the money is spent.

The project will allow local promoters to help people identify profitable small-scale activities, such as organic farming or rural businesses.

It's has a budget of US$19.5 million, with IGAD contributing just over US$7 million.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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