News in Brief 12 October 2016 (AM)

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Afghan mosque attack an "atrocity"

A deadly attack on a mosque in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has been labelled an "atrocity" by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

At least 18 people, including four women and two children, were killed in the incident which took place on Tuesday night. Fifty others were injured.

They were among worshippers who had gathered on the eve of the Muslim Shia day of remembrance when an attacker, dressed in an Afghan security forces uniform, entered the mosque and opened fire in addition to using a hand grenade.

The UN mission has expressed condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.

UN food deliveries begin in hurricane-hit Cuba

Food delivery to areas of Cuba that were hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew will soon begin, the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced.

The UN agency and the Government are gearing up to bring rice and beans to 180,000 people in four municipalities in the eastern-most province of the island.

WFP estimates that it will need $US4 million for the operation during the next six months.

This initial phase will use WFP food stocks already in the country to support government disaster response efforts.

Hurricane Matthew, which struck several Caribbean countries earlier this month, was the most powerful storm to hit eastern Cuba in the last nine years, according to WFP.

UN chief welcomes dialogue to end political deadlock in Guinea-Bissau

The start of an inclusive dialogue in Guinea-Bissau has been called "a crucial first step" to implementing a roadmap aimed at ending the country's political crisis.

That statement was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has welcomed talks among political leaders, civil society and religious communities in the West African nation.

Mr Ban said the dialogue is critical to implementing the plan devised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed last month.

He called on parties to achieve "decisive progress within the coming days," as a means to break the political impasse that has prevailed since August 2015.

The crisis stems from the President's dismissal of the government after a row with the prime minister, who was subsequently replaced.Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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