News in Brief 13 February 2016 (AM)

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

UN chief condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The country, also known as North Korea, reported that it had tested an intermediate-range missile on Sunday.

In a statement issued on Monday by his spokesperson, Mr Guterres called it “a further troubling violation” of UN Security Council resolutions.

The Council is set to meet to hold consultations on the subject later in the day.

Mr Guterres said the DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to “the path of denuclearization”.

WHO providing health care to displaced families in Al-Hudaydah, Yemen

Teams from the World Health Organization (WHO) in Yemen are working to meet the needs of more than 8,000 people who have fled ongoing violent conflict in Taizz governorate.

The agency is providing trauma care and primary health services to hundreds of families who have escaped to several districts of neighbouring Al-Hudaydah governorate.

The new arrivals are “overwhelming” health facilities which are already weakened and overburdened, according to WHO.

Many are being hosted in cramped conditions or living in empty buildings and open spaces.

With health services already limited, WHO says the newly displaced are increasingly prone to illnesses such as upper respiratory tract infections, skin diseases, eye infections and pneumonia.

The agency says cholera cases have already been recorded, adding that the new influx “may aggravate the problem, especially with limited safe water and latrines.”

Japan contribution to WFP will feed millions in 30+ countries

A US$85.2 million donation from Japan will support efforts by the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed millions of hungry people in 33 countries.

Approximately half of the funding will go towards WFP operations in 23 African countries including Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland where the El Niño weather phenomenon has severely affected food security.

Another 40 per cent will be allocated to assist refugees and internally-displaced people in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon.

Some money will also be used for logistics operations in Afghanistan, Sudan and South Sudan, where the agency runs the UN humanitarian Air Service which provides critical air and cargo services for the entire aid community.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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