News in Brief 02 September 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Terrorist attacks in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan condemned

A bomb attack against the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, has been condemned "in the strongest terms" by the UN Security Council.

The incident on August 30th, which caused injuries to embassy staff, was described as a terrorist attack.

Media reports said a suspected suicide bomber crashed a car through the entrance of the embassy.

A motive was not immediately known.

And the UN Secretary-General has condemned two terrorist attacks on Friday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, which reportedly targeted a Christian neighbourhood and a district court.

Media reports said at least 12 people were killed at the court.

Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of what he described as terrorist attacks.

Situation of people with albinism in Mozambique "precarious"

The situation of people with albinism in Mozambique has been described as "precarious" by the UN Independent Expert on the issue.

Ikponwosa Ero said that despite all the successes in tackling crimes against those with the condition in the southern African country, the authorities are yet to identify and arrest the "masterminds behind such crimes."

Speaking at the end of an official visit there, Ms Ero said those criminals "operate in a secretive but powerful cross-border network akin to that of drug barons."

People with albinism are murdered for their body parts which are erroneously believed to have healing properties in some traditional medicine practices.

The Independent Expert will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council in March next year.

Environment coordinator wins "hero" award

A prestigious prize which recognizes contributions to environmental sustainability in Africa has been awarded to a senior UN official.

The African Environmental Hero Award was presented to Richard Munang who has served as UN Environment’s Climate Change Coordinator for Africa since 2013.

He received the award for "his leadership" on addressing climate change issues on the continent.

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