News in Brief 14 December 2015 (AM)

An historic deal adopted by the international community to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius has been welcomed by world leaders as well as the UN.

US President Barack Obama called it "huge."

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said on the social media platform Twitter that "climate justice has won."

The UN Secretary-General described it as a “monumental triumph for people and planet.”

The deal was agreed in Paris, France on Saturday at the UN climate change conference after two weeks of negotiations.

4.5 million people living in hard-to-reach areas in Syria

Around 4.5 million people continue to live in areas in Syria that are hard to reach for the humanitarian community; that's according to the UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien who has just concluded a visit to the conflict-hit country.

Almost 400,000 of those people are besieged.

Over 250,000 have been killed and over one million injured as the civil war in Syria continues.

Speaking in the Syrian capital Damascus Mr O'Brien said US$3.2 billion is needed in 2016 to help the 13.5 million Syrians who require some form of assistance.

He described the situation as unacceptable and a "blot on our collective conscience."

710,000 refugee children to get access to education

A new three-year partnership that will provide access to education for 710,000 children affected by conflict and forced displacement in Africa, Asia and the Middle East has been launched by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Education Above All Foundation.

About half of the beneficiaries are expected to be children displaced by the Syria crisis.

A number of African countries will benefit including Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

Children in Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Yemen will also be targeted.

Young people make up half of the world's refugees. UNHCR says they face the greatest risks from conflict and displacement.

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