News in Brief 09 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Yukiya Amano. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma

DPRK nuclear test shows "complete disregard" for international community

The test of a nuclear weapon by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been confirmed and condemned by global monitoring groups including UN-partner the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In a statement on Friday, IAEA head Yukiya Amano said that the test by the DPRK, if confirmed was its second this year and the fifth since 2006.

Mr Amano continued that this was in clear violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions and in "complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community".

The international monitoring body known as the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization described the test as an "unusual seismic event".

The organization said that it seemed to have been slightly larger than the one recorded in January this year, and that indications are that the event took place in the area of the DPRK's nuclear test site.

Crisis looms as “unprecedented numbers” of Afghans return from Pakistan

Hundreds and thousands of people are crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan, prompting warnings of a major humanitarian crisis, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

As many as 600,000 Afghans, both registered refugees and undocumented returnees, are expected to return home before the end of the year.

Another 400,000 are on the move within the host country, Pakistan.

Many of them are fleeing increased incidents of violence, arbitrary arrests and other forms of harassment with "little more than the clothes on their back".

Given as little as 48 hours to leave, they are hard pressed to sell off assets and pack up their homes and possessions.

Afghanistan is presently wracked by conflict and the imminent onset of winter will present a challenge to the returnees.

On Wednesday, the UN issued an appeal for US$ 150 million to cover shelter, health and food needs.

Royal Call for first aid training to be mandatory in schools

Princess Charlene of Monaco has lent her weight to calls for countries to make first aid training a mandatory part of school curriculums.

She's helping a campaign led by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The appeal comes on World First Aid Day; it calls for children everywhere to learn how to administer emergency treatment.

An estimated one million children die every year from treatable injuries.

Millions more are hospitalized as a result of accidents like drowning, automobile crashes, falls and burns.

Children are capable of saving lives if they are equipped with first aid training, underscored Princess Charlene.

The former Olympic swimmer from South Africa told journalists at the UN in Geneva that she had been affected by the issue of drowning after losing a five-year old cousin in an accident.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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