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19 Sep 2016
Killing of Indian soldiers condemned
A bloody attack which killed 18 Indian soldiers this weekend has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that those responsible for the crime will be identified and brought to justice.
The soldiers were killed when gunmen stormed their base in Uri, a town in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday.
The region is been contested by both India and Pakistan.
Mr Ban said the United Nations is following developments closely.
The UN chief stated that he also shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace.
Mr Ban added that he hopes all involved will make re-establishing stability a priority.
Appeal for civilians in Sirt, Libya
An emergency appeal for US$10.7 million has been launched to address what is being called “a complex and acute humanitarian situation” in Sirt, Libya.
The UN and its partners are calling on the international community to provide assistance to nearly 80,000 people in the municipality.
The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reports that military operations against the terrorist group, ISIL, have triggered new displacement. At the same time, families have also started returning to the area.
More than 90,000 people have fled Sirt. OCHA says those who have escaped have reported severe shortages of food and medicines, looting and confiscations by ISIL, as well as serious human rights violations, including public beheadings, crucifixions and abductions.
Humanitarians expect more people will return to the area, although many areas will remain inaccessible for several months.
‘Game of Thrones’ star new UNDP ambassador
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, star of the hit television series ‘Game of Thrones,’ has landed a new role: Goodwill Ambassador with the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
His mission will focus on raising awareness and support for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are a universal blueprint to end poverty, fight inequality and address climate change.
As the father of two daughters, Mr Coster-Waldau said he is passionate about ending discrimination and violence against women and girls.
Charles Appel, United Nations.