News in Brief 24 July 2017 (PM)

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Antonio Guterres speaking to journalists at the end of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN chief 'strongly condemns' terrorist attack in Pakistan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Monday's terrorist attack that took place in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.

In a statement issued through his deputy spokesman, Mr Guterrers called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

He also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished full recovery to those injured.

According to media reports, the suicide bomber may have been targeting policemen in the area.

The UN chief expressed his support to the Pakistani government's efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism with full respect for international human rights norms and obligations.

UN humanitarian official visits Iraq to review relief efforts

A senior UN humanitarian official began a visit to Iraq on Monday to review ongoing relief efforts in the country following the military operation in Mosul.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller is expected to meet senior Iraqi and Kurdish officials in Baghdad and Erbil.

Since the military campaign to retake Mosul began last year, 920,000 civilians have fled their homes, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNAMI.

It's also estimated that 3.5 million people will be forced from their homes once military operations against Da'esh end later this year.

Across Iraq, more than 11 million people are in need of assistance.

UN political chief urges end to impunity in Sri Lanka

UN Political Affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman has emphasized the need to "end the practice of impunity for crimes" in Sri Lanka.

He made the remarks at the end of a three-day visit to the island nation, where he met with President Sirisena, government officials, civil society groups and diplomats.

Mr Feltman also visited Trincomalee district in the country's eastern province, an area that has been devastated by a prolonged drought.

Farhan Haq, the UN Deputy Spokesperson, has more.

"He encouraged Sri Lanka to be a mode of a post-conflict country with harmonious relations among communities. The Under-Secretary-General was in Sri Lanka on the week that President Sirisena signed the official gazette for the office of missing persons. Noting that every community has missing persons, he called for a selection process to produce independent, credible and competent commissioners and a budget."

Sri Lanka passed a missing persons act last August.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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