News in Brief 12 October 2016 (PM)

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Tadamichi Yamamoto. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel

Afghanistan: Attacks on two mosques in two days "truly abhorrent"

At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 40 injured in an explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the second such incident in 24 hours.

The UN representative in the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto, called the attacks "truly abhorrent."

Wednesday's blast occurred in the northern province of Balkh as worshippers were marking Ashura, the Muslim day of remembrance.

It follows an attack at a mosque in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday evening, which killed 19 people and wounded 50 others.

Japan funds WFP to boost nutrition in Uganda

The Japanese government has contributed US$2.5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to prevent child stunting in Karamoja, Uganda's poorest region.

Nearly 40 per cent of young children there are stunted due to poor diets, according to the UN agency.

WFP will work to boost the nutrition of 50,000 infants, mothers and pregnant women.

Acting Country Director Mike Sackett said the funds will be used to purchase specialised food, sugar and vegetable oil for infants aged 6-23 months, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Fashion brand promotes social reintegration and prison reform in Panama

A fashion brand which promotes prison reform and social reintegration in Panama has been launched by the Government in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

IntegrArte (Integration + Arte) debuted earlier this month during a ceremony that included a fashion show featuring clothing, accessories and other items from its first collection.

UNODC Deputy Executive Director Aldo Lale-Demoz said the initiative is "fully in line with key international instruments on prison reform."

It is expected that major stores in the Central American country will carry the IntegrArte collection by the end of the year.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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