News in Brief 28 September 2016 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Shimon Peres of Israel. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Shimon Peres of Israel "worked tirelessly" for peace: UN chief

Deeply saddened by the passing of the former president of Israel, Shimon Peres, the UN Secretary-General remembered him as a tireless crusader for peace.

Mr Peres died early on Wednesday at the age of 93.

According to Ban Ki-moon, the 1994 Noble Peace Prize winner was a firm supporter of the "two-state solution," where Israel and Palestine co-exist peacefully as neighbours.

The UN chief recalled how, even in the most difficult moments, Mr Peres remained an optimist about the prospects for peace and reconciliation.

Irina Bokova the head of the UN cultural organization UNESCO, also paid tribute to Shimon Peres, calling him a "great statesman, a great humanist and a historic man of peace."

 

Town in northern Iraq receives aid after years of siege

For the first time in more than two years, a town in northern Iraq has received "urgently needed food", the World Food Programme Programme (WFP) said Wednesday.

Shirqat has been under siege and cut off from humanitarian assistance since 2014.

The town is 80 kilometres south of Mosul, a city that has been under the control of the terrorist group ISIL also known as Daesh, for more than two years.

People there have been struggling to get water, food, medical services and access to a local market.

Through its local partners, WFP distributed a one-month supply of food for the families in the area.

 

"Violent death" of Somali radio journalist condemned

The murder of a journalist in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday has been strongly condemned by the UN special envoy in the country.

Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali was working for Radio Shabelle when he was killed by two unknown gunmen.

His death represents a "great loss" to the journalistic community, said Michael Keating, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Ali is the second Somali journalist to meet a "violent death" this year.

A total of 31 journalists have been murdered since August 2012.

A report on the right to freedom by UN agencies describes Somalia as a "dangerous operating environment" that has especially affected journalists and media workers.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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