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Study supports Zika link to microcephaly

Image copyright AP Image caption A 10-year-old Brazilian boy holds his two-month-old brother, who was born with microcephaly Scientists say a study involving pregnant women in Brazil “strengthens” the theory that Zika is linked to microcephaly birth defects in babies. The research confirmed the presence of Zika virus in the amniotic fluid of two women who had had Zika-like symptoms ...

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Syria Kurds 'behind Ankara bombing'

Media captionEyewitness Natalie Galley: “I heard a huge explosion” Turkey’s president says there is evidence to prove the Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria were behind Wednesday’s deadly bombing in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they had been supported by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. Both groups deny involvement. He also said there had been 14 ...

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Sarkozy under formal investigation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nicolas Sarkozy was taken for questioning over spending in his 2012 re-election campaign French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation in a probe into his campaign funding, prosecutors say. It relates to spending in his unsuccessful 2012 bid for re-election when his campaign costs were more than twice the legal limit. Mr ...

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Pope urges Mexicans to 'dare to dream'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis told young people they were “the wealth of this land” Pope Francis has urged young Mexicans to reject a life of crime and “dare to dream” as he visited Michoacan – a state hit hard by drug violence. He told the crowd in a packed football stadium in the city of Morelia that ...

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Obama warns Senate about Scalia seat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Obama said the Constitution is clear on what to do next President Barack Obama has urged the US Senate to act after he nominates a replacement on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia. “I expect them to do their job”, he said, and consider the candidate as required by the US Constitution. Scalia, ...

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Syria 'to allow aid to besieged areas'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Muadhamiya, near Damascus, is one of the areas due to receive help The Syrian government has approved humanitarian access to seven besieged areas, the UN has said. Convoys were being prepared to depart “as soon as possible”, said spokesman Farhan Haq. Among the areas due to receive aid is Madaya, where people have been dying ...

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Mega bug may hit thousands of devices

Image copyright Thinkstock A major computer security vulnerability has been discovered – with experts cautiously warning it could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of devices, apps and services. However, due to the nature of the bug, it is extremely difficult to know how serious the problem is. “Many people are running around right now trying to work out if this ...

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Trump will not be president, says Obama

Image copyright AP Republican Donald Trump will not be president because it’s a “serious job”, President Barack Obama has said. “I continue to believe that Mr Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people,” said Mr Obama. Mr Trump, a billionaire businessman, is the frontrunner in the race ...

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'Thousands' missing or killed in Canada

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Bennett said the true figure of missing or murdered women is higher than previously thought The Canadian government has confirmed that the number of missing or murdered indigenous women in the country may be higher than the previously cited 1,200. Ministers recently spoke to survivors across Canada to begin a government inquiry into the ...

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Dublin reporters warned lives 'at risk'

Dublin reporters warned lives ‘at risk’ 12 February 2016 From the section Europe Image copyright PA Image caption The shooting of Eddie Hutch on Monday night is believed to have been a ‘reprisal’ for the murder of David Byrne at a boxing weigh-in last week A number of Irish journalists have been “formally notified” by police in the Republic of ...

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