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News in brief 10 February 2015 (PM)

10 Feb 2015

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Men transporting wood in Bria, Central African Republic (CAR). UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Public building in CAR retaken by UN from ex-Seleka members

A public building in the Central African Republic city of Bria has been retaken from the hands of the ex-Seleka militia by the UN Mission in the country (MINUSCA).

The operation, conducted with the support of French forces, took place after the repeated refusal of the armed group to evacuate the premises.

The Central African Republic is struggling to resolve the conflict that broke out in December 2012 between militias from the Christian and Muslim communities.

Shelling in South Sudan near UN compound in Bentiu

There have been reports of shelling in the area of Bentiu in South Sudan’s Unity State.

The UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, said it took place two kilometres from its compound.

The situation has reportedly calmed down but remains tense.

South Sudan has been embroiled in a conflict which broke out in December 2013 between government and opposition forces.

Concern voiced over powers of Venezuelan army

Concern has been raised by the UN over a recently passed resolution in Venezuela on the standards to be followed by the country’s armed forces when controlling public demonstrations.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that the use of the military for law-enforcement purposes should only be used to respond to an emergency situation.

The office also said the military should deploy only in support of the civilian police.

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