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UN Sec-Gen calls for immediate ceasefire in Yemen

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to fighting in Yemen. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, the first time he has made such an appeal since Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels began three weeks ago.

In a speech to the National Press Club in Washington.Mr Ban said: "I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all the parties.

"The Saudis have assured me that they understand that there must be a political process. I call on all Yemenis to participate in good faith."

'At least three dead including UN peacekeeper' in Mali attack

At least three people have been killed, including one UN peacekeeper, during an attack in Mali a security source has told Reuters.

Unknown attackers fired rockets and shells towards the north town of Kidal in a dawn attack.

The source, who asked for anonymity, said he counted more than 40 weapons fired at the town between in an hour.

He said the weapons appeared to be aimed at a base for a UN peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA.

Ban Ki-Moon calls for 'unconditional' release of Japanese hostages

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for the "unconditional" release of two Japanese citizens held by Islamic State militants, the Kyodo news agency reports.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban is "obviously very concerned about the fate of these two hostages," as he is about the "fate of all people" taken by armed groups in Iraq and Syria.

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North Korea rejects US plans for UN human rights push

A North Korean envoy to the United Nations says the country "totally rejects" the US push to put Pyongyang's humans rights record on the UN Security Council's agenda, Reuters have reported.

Earlier today, members of the UN Security Council voted to override China's objections and formally add the situation in North Korea, including allegations of grave human rights abuses, to the council's agenda.

UN diplomat Kim Song accused the United States of raising the issue as a political weapon to pressure North Korea. He said a decision on how to respond to the council decision would be made in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

Britain 'can't tackle climate change by itself'

Britain has to work with the rest of the world in tackling climate change, Energy Secretary Ed Davey told ITV News, after a major report highlighted the "severe risks" of rising temperatures.

Mr Davey said: "It shows how urgently we have to act. It needs far greater political will, even in the UK from some political parties, but it needs that political will to be shown around the world".

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