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News in brief 13 February 2015 (AM)

13 Feb 2015

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Woman in Darfur. Photo: UNAMID

Decision to release on bail journalists in Egypt welcomed by UN

The decision by the Egyptian authorities to release on bail two Al Jazeera journalists has been welcomed by the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the cases of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, as well as those of other journalists in detention, will be resolved expeditiously.

The men were arrested in Egypt in December 2013, reportedly accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and broadcasting footage that portrayed the regime falsely.

Access needed to investigate mass rape in Darfur

Concern over continued allegations of mass rape in the village of Tabit in Darfur has been expressed by the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Jan Eliasson met with the assistant to President Omar al- Bashir of Sudan.

He urged the government to give the African Union-UN Hybrid operation in Darfur, UNAMID, access to carry out a full investigation into the incident.

The call comes after Human Rights Watch reported that more than 200 women and girls had been raped in an organized attack by Sudanese armed forces.

Attack on the Shia community in Peshawar condemned by the UN

An assault carried out on Friday in Peshawar in Pakistan that killed more than 19 people has been strongly condemned.

The UN office in Pakistan indicated that one of its staff members was a victim.

Meanwhile, further south in the country, a team of UN humanitarian officials visited Dera Ismail Khan where displaced people have been living.

More than 91,000 families were forced to flee their homes in 2014 following military operations against armed militants.

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