News in Brief 05 September 2016 (AM)

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Pope Francis speaks to WFP staff. Photo: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

"Keep up fight against hunger" Pope Francis urges UN

The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has called on the UN to "keep up the fight against hunger" the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

The Pontiff made the remarks during a brief meeting with Mr. Jose Graziano and the head of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin.

In a mass attended by 100,000 people Sunday at the Vatican, the Pope declared Mother Teresa a saint and said she had shamed world leaders for the "crime of poverty" they had created.

Born in 1910 in today's Macedonia Saint Teresa of Calcutta was widely recognized by her work with the poorest in India.

In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace."

Mother Teresa died in 1997.

UN Security Council affirms support for peace in South Sudan

A delegation of the UN Security Council led by Senegal and the United States has affirmed its support for peace in South Sudan as it wrapped up a three-day visit to the country.

On Sunday, the South Sudanese government agreed to the deployment of a 4,000 strong regional protection force recently mandated by the Council.

There are already some 12,000 peacekeepers serving in the UN mission, known as UNMISS.

The authorities have also agreed to work with the African Union in setting up a hybrid judicial court to investigate war crimes.

Hundreds of people have been killed, over 700,000 have fled across borders as refugees and over one and a half million are displaced inside the country.

Somali journalists, politicians confront "challenging in environment"

Somalia has made progress in state-building, but remains a "challenging environment" for journalists, human rights defenders and political leaders.

That's according to a new UN report on freedom of expression in the Horn of Africa country released on Sunday.

Despite the "vibrant media culture" in the country, numerous violations aimed at journalists and political leaders have been documented in the report.

They include numerous killings, arrests, intimidation and closure of critical media outlets.

A total of 30 journalists and 18 parliamentarians were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016.

Al-Shabaab has prohibited all media to operate in areas under its control and has been targeting media workers across the country.

"Strong, independent and critical journalism is a vital element of any democratic State," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

He urged the Somali authorities to take prompt action and ensure that all violations of the right to freedom of expression, including the various serious attacks perpetrated against media workers, are fully investigated.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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