News in Brief 15 May 2017 (PM)

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file)

UN chief condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch

UN chief António Guterres has condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test on Sunday, which travelled around 700 kilometres, landing in the sea off the west coast of Japan.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as it's formally known, claims that they test-fired a new type of rocket, capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

Repeated missile launches this year as part of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, have all been carried out in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Here's UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"This action is in violation of Security Council resolutions and a threat to peace and security in the region. The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK to ensure full compliance with its international obligations and return to the path of denuclearization."

Global outbreak network activated in response to Ebola threat in CAR: WHO

Technical experts on the often-deadly Ebola virus are to be deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of a coordinated response to a new outbreak, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.

As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases of the disease had been reported, in the remote northern Likati health district of DRC.

Three people have died so far.

WHO's Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, went to the capital Kinshasa on Saturday, joining government officials and other partners, to discuss options for dealing with the outbreak.

More from Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network has been activated to provide additional support if required. Reinforcement of epidemiological surveillance, contact tracing, case management, and community engagement are under way. The full extent of the outbreak is not yet clear but extensive investigation and risk assessments are being conducted."

"Families, education and well-being" celebrated on International Day

Family well-being and promoting family-friendly education are the key themes of this year's International Day of Families, celebrated each 15 May.

The day highlights the importance of all caregivers in the family, and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children.

This year it also aims to discuss the importance of the knowledge and skills needed to help promote sustainable development, in line with the 2030 Agenda.

The UN still recognizes the family as "the basic unit of society" and the International Day was first marked following a General Assembly resolution in 1993.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2'17"

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