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Zika chronicles: Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies

Feb 08, 2016

Zika chronicles: Doctors puzzle over severity of defects in some Brazilian babies

Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil. #Brazil #ConnectTheDots #WHO #World Health Organisation #Birth defects #CDC #Zika Virus
Obama offers Colombia more than $450 million aid to help with peace process | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Obama offers Colombia more than $450 million aid to help with peace process | Reuters

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $450 million in aid to help Colombia implement a peace accord aimed at ending Latin America's longest war, which has killed thousands of people and displaced millions, the White House said on Thursday. The funding would help the Colombian government with counter terrorism and narcotics issues, and education and retraining programs to help reintegrate into society members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a leftist rebel group #United States #Brazil #Technology #Crime #United Kingdom #Latin America #article
Brazil reports Zika infection from blood transfusions | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Brazil reports Zika infection from blood transfusions | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazilian health officials said on Thursday they have confirmed two cases of transmission of Zika through transfusions of blood from donors who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas. Marcelo Addas Carvalho, director of the Blood Center at the Sao Paulo state University of Campinas, said genetic testing confirmed that a man who received a blood transfusion using blood from a donor with Zika in March 2015 became infected with the virus, although the patient did not develop symptoms. Earlier, the health department of Campinas, an industrial city near Sao Paulo, said a man with gunshot wounds became infected with Zika after multiple blood transfusions in April 2015 that included blood donated by an infected person. #Business #Brazil #Middle East #science #Entertainment #opinion
Delta CEO-designate - Zika has not impacted flight bookings | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Delta CEO-designate - Zika has not impacted flight bookings | Reuters

The rapidly spreading Zika virus has not impacted bookings on Delta Air Lines Inc ( DAL.N ) to Latin America and the Caribbean, its president and CEO-designate said on Thursday, but added that customers' future plans were tough to predict. "Candidly, it would be hard to see much change," given that Delta's unit revenue to Brazil has already fallen sharply because of the country's economic slowdown, said Ed Bastian, set to become the carrier's new chief executive in May. #Brazil #markets #Argentina #Latin America #opinion
Mexico health ministry downplays Zika threat to tourism | Reuters

Feb 04, 2016

Mexico health ministry downplays Zika threat to tourism | Reuters

MEXICO CITY Mexico's health ministry on Wednesday sought to play down any impact on its tourism industry from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, emphasizing the disease was under control and far from its main tourist centers. #India #Brazil #Middle East #Mexico #opinion #article
Use of 'dictator law' rises in Thailand as junta's reforms falter | Reuters

Feb 04, 2016

Use of 'dictator law' rises in Thailand as junta's reforms falter | Reuters

BANGKOK Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is relying increasingly on a security measure dubbed "the dictator's law" to push through unpopular policies and kickstart stalled reforms, say critics, who warn it could spark further opposition to military rule. Prime Minister Prayuth has used the measure, known as Article 44, to fast-track projects ranging from power stations to special economic zones, often over the objections of activists and some members of the public. Prayuth has used Article 44 more than 50 times since seizing power in a 2014 military coup, and increasingly so since the middle of last year, said Narongsak Niamsorn of iLaw, a Bangkok-based legal monitoring group. #United States #Brazil #Middle East #Entertainment #article
Churches offer sanctuary as U.N. criticises Australian asylum policy | Reuters

Feb 04, 2016

Churches offer sanctuary as U.N. criticises Australian asylum policy | Reuters

SYDNEY The United Nations on Thursday strongly criticised an Australian court ruling that paves the way for the deportation of dozens of infants born to asylum seekers as church leaders offered sanctuary to refugees at risk of abuse if they were returned to a South Pacific island detention centre. The High Court on Wednesday rejected a legal test case brought by an unidentified Bangladeshi woman that challenged Australia's right to deport detained asylum seekers to Nauru, about 3,000 km (1,800 miles) northeast of Australia. Some 267 people who were brought from Nauru to Australia for medical treatment, including up to 80 children, are now at risk of being returned to the detention centre that houses around 500 people #United States #India #Brazil #Technology #Argentina #Christianity #article
Pressure mounts on North Korea to abandon rocket launch | Reuters

Feb 04, 2016

Pressure mounts on North Korea to abandon rocket launch | Reuters

SEOUL/TOKYO International pressure grew on North Korea to call off a planned rocket launch, seen by some governments as another missile test, while Japan put its military on alert to shoot down any rocket that threatens its territory. North Korea notified United Nations agencies on Tuesday of its plan to launch what it called an "earth observation satellite" some time between Feb. 8 and 25 #United States #Business #Brazil #South Korea #markets #Latin America
Pentagon chief unveils plans to buy more high-end ships, fighters | Reuters

Feb 04, 2016

Pentagon chief unveils plans to buy more high-end ships, fighters | Reuters

SAN DIEGO U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday mapped out plans for the U.S #Business #Brazil #Technology #markets #Latin America