Michigan emails show officials knew of Flint water disease risk

04 February 2016

Emails between high-ranking Michigan state officials show they knew about an uptick in Legionnaires' disease and that it could be linked to problems with Flint water long before Governor Rick Snyder said he got information on the outbreak. Snyder said in January... Read More


EWF’s Maurice White dies at 74

04 February 2016

LOS ANGELES – Maurice White, the founder of R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, died in Los Angeles at age 74, a band spokesman said. White died at his home on Wednesday night from natural causes, publicist Mark Young said. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease... Read More


To silence propaganda, Iraq seeks to take Islamic State offline

04 February 2016

DUBAI –Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State's rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group's potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad. Social... Read More


Top airlines offer to re-assign crew from Zika-hit routes

04 February 2016

Major US airlines United and Delta and Europe's Lufthansa and Air France are offering to re-assign certain flight crew concerned about contracting the Zika virus from routes to affected countries. The previously unreported policies by the US airlines show how the... Read More


First US Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex

02 February 2016

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared... Read More


Proposal unveiled to keep Britain in EU, sceptics unmoved

02 February 2016

LONDON/BRUSSELS – European Council President Donald Tusk presented on Tuesday proposals for keeping Britain in the European Union to a mixed response, underlining the challenges Prime Minister David Cameron faces to win over his people and other EU leaders. The proposals,... Read More


U.S. imposes sanctions on five more Russians

02 February 2016

WASHINGTON – The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on five Russian officials it accuses of human rights abuses including four it said were involved in the 2009 death in prison of a corruption-fighting Russian lawyer. The U.S. State and Treasury Departments... Read More


Cruz beats Trump, Democrats tie

02 February 2016

DES MOINES – Republican Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa on Monday while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remained deadlocked in the first presidential nominating contests of the 2016 White House race. Cruz, a conservative lawmaker... Read More


Global factories parched for demand, need stimulus

01 February 2016

LONDON/SYDNEY – January surveys of global factory activity released on Monday showed the New Year began much as the old one ended - with too much capacity chasing too little demand. China was again the epicentre of Asian disappointment. The official measure of manufacturing... Read More


WHO meets to decide whether to declare Zika a global emergency

01 February 2016

GENEVA – Independent experts to the World Health Organization began deliberating on Monday whether to declare a global emergency over the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. The designation would fast-track international action... Read More


Two killed, 22 arrested in cartel bust

01 February 2016

MEXICO CITY – Twenty-two members of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel have been arrested and two were killed in a police raid near the United States-Mexico border where authorities seized assault-type weapons, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. Two were killed... Read More


Hundreds of pregnant women have Zika in Colombia

31 January 2016

BOGOTA – More than 2 100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth... Read More


Merkel: Refugees must leave after war

30 January 2016

NEUBRANDENBURG – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing... Read More


No private firearm sales on Facebook or Instagram

30 January 2016

WASHINGTON - Facebook Inc prohibited global users from coordinating person-to-person private sales of firearms on its online social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service on Friday, countering concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background... Read More


White actor cast as Michael Jackson

30 January 2016

LONDON – British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as iconic African-American pop star Michael Jackson in an upcoming TV comedy, provoking scorn on social media on Wednesday and fuelling a controversy in the entertainment industry over opportunities for black artists.... Read More


UN launches Syria peace talks as opposition ends boycott

29 January 2016

GENEVA/BEIRUT – The main Syrian opposition grouping agreed to attend United Nations-sponsored peace talks which began in Geneva on Friday, reversing a boycott that had threatened to wreck the first attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the war in two years. On... Read More


Developer: Zika vaccine may be ready for emergency use this year

29 January 2016

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – A vaccine for the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of infants, could be ready for emergency use before year-end, one of its lead developers said on Thursday, a timetable well ahead of estimates by US officials.... Read More


Trump overshadows Republican debate even as he sits it out

29 January 2016

DES MOINES, IOWA – Even in boycotting a debate with his Republican rivals, front-runner Donald Trump managed to upstage the event on Thursday with a typical dramatic flourish. Instead of attending a seventh debate, the former reality TV star held a competing event... Read More


Caught off-guard by Zika, Brazil struggles with deformed babies

28 January 2016

RECIFE, BRAZIL – Angela Rocha, a paediatrician in north-eastern Brazil, measures the head of a child born with microcephaly, a tragic neurological complication linked to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sparking a health scare across the Americas. Outside the room,... Read More


Sudan opens border with South Sudan for first time since 2011 secession

27 January 2016

KHARTOUM – Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered the opening of his country's border with South Sudan for the first time since the south's secession in 2011, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. "President Omar al-Bashir issued a decree today ordering... Read More


Virginia resident tests positive for Zika after trip

27 January 2016

WASHINGTON – A Virginia resident who travelled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, state health officials said on Tuesday. The adult resident had recently travelled to a country where Zika virus transmission was... Read More




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