News in Brief 10 July 2017 (AM)

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A child walks through a neighbourhood of war damaged homes and shops in eastern Mosul. Photo: UNHCR/Caroline Gluck

Mosul recovery "significant step" in fight against terrorism: UN chief

The recovery of the Iraqi city of Mosul has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as "a significant step in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism."

Iraqi forces and their allies liberated the northern city this past weekend following a nine-month battle against the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

In a statement issued on Monday by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres paid tribute to the people and Government of Iraq "for their courage, determination and perseverance."

The statement said the UN will stand by the authorities in the tasks ahead, which include creating the necessary conditions to allow displaced communities to return, restoring the rule of law in liberated areas and fostering accountability for all violations committed.

Report foresees food prices remaining low through 2026

The cost of vegetable oils, dairy products and other global food commodities is expected to remain low over the next 10 years.

That's according to a report published on Monday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

It says a replenishment of cereal stocks during the past decade is among the factors that should help limit growth in prices, which are nearly back at levels seen before the 2007-2008 economic crisis, when food prices increased dramatically.

The report also foresees a slowdown in demand for meat, "with no new sources of demand projected to maintain the momentum previously generated by China."

US funding will feed 500,000+ in Afghanistan: WFP

A US$20 million contribution from the United States will help the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed more than 577,000 needy people in Afghanistan, the UN agency announced on Monday.

The beneficiaries will include people displaced by conflict as well as those affected by natural disasters or living in disaster-prone areas.

Nearly 50,000 malnourished children under five, and more than 12,000 pregnant women and new mothers, are also among the recipients.

The people will be receiving yellow peas and cooking oil, in addition to wheat flour and salt.

WFP said the bulk of the contribution, or nearly 70 per cent, will be spent in Afghanistan to purchase locally-milled, nutrient-enriched flour and salt, thus supporting the local economy.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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