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MINUSMA peacekeepers patrol the streets of Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Sylvain Liechti

UN condemns killing of three blue helmets in Mali

The killing of three peacekeepers in Mali has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA.

The blue helmets died in an attack in the northern town of Kidal on Thursday.

The mission's camp there initially had been targeted by indirect fire in which five peacekeepers were slightly wounded.

MINUSMA then deployed three Quick Reaction Forces Units around the base.

After the shooting, a UN observation post near the base was attacked by unidentified assailants, leaving three peacekeepers dead and three others injured.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN spokesperson.

"The UN Mission condemns these attacks and calls on the parties in Kidal to help identify those responsible so they can ultimately be brought to justice. The Mission reiterates its determination to continue its support to the peace process and to protect the population.  We extend our condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded ones."

Despite terror attacks, resolve of Iraqi people will not wane: UN official

A suicide bombing which killed upwards of 20 people in Iraq on Friday has been strongly condemned by the senior UN official in the country.

The incident occurred at a crowded market in the town of Mussayib, south of the capital, Baghdad.

In a statement, Ján Kubiš, head of the UN mission in Iraq, said "terrorists continue to disregard the Holy Month of Ramadan and continue to murder innocent people, showing how cowardly they are."

He added that regardless of the action of terrorists, the resolve of the Iraqi people will not wane.

 Fighting food fraud with nuclear technology

Scientists from 13 countries are helping two UN agencies to tackle a billion-dollar problem: food fraud and contamination.

Through a project run by the UN nuclear energy watchdog, the IAEA, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), they are developing low-cost handheld devices that will help detect adulterants, contaminants and mould in food.

The devices will use nuclear-based technology that is being used by border police in the detection of illicit drugs and explosives.

Food fraud is estimated to cost the global food industry between US$10 billion and US $15 billion dollars annually, according to one study.

The figure represents around 10 per cent of all commercially-sold food products.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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