News in Brief 12 August 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Condemnation for deadly blasts in Thailand

A series of bomb attacks against popular resort areas in Thailand has been condemned by the United Nations.

Four people were reportedly killed in the blasts which occurred on Friday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Mr Ban extended condolences to the families of the victims, and also extended his sympathies to the Government and people of Thailand.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined the UN chief in denouncing the attacks.

The UN agency described Thailand as "a destination where people of all cultures unite and enjoy tourism."

Yemen ceasefire violations "unacceptable"

Warring parties in Yemen are being urged to refrain from action that undermines peace efforts.

The appeal has been made by UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who has strongly condemned an increase in violations of a cessation of hostilities agreement in the country.

"The violations are unacceptable and not conducive to the peace process," he said in a statement issued on Friday.

Peace talks between the Government and Houthi rebels were recently suspended.

The envoy said the UN remains fully committed to bringing peace to Yemen, "but the process requires good faith and concessions from all sides."

Deadly cholera outbreak in CAR

Authorities in the Central African Republic are getting help from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to tackle a cholera outbreak which has killed 16 people.

The outbreak was declared on 10 August and is the first there since 2011.

UNICEF and its partners are working alongside the Ministry of Health to provide affected communities with medicine, clean water, water purification tablets and hygiene kits.

Cholera is a waterborne bacterial disease that is easily preventable.

Children under five-years-old are especially vulnerable to the illness, according to UNICEF.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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