Health

US Officials Sound Warning on Zika: ‘Scarier Than We Thought’

Aru Pande WHITE HOUSE— health officials say that the more researchers learn about Zika, the more concerned they are about the neurological effects and long-term complications from the virus."Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we thought," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said. Schuchat joined National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci at Monday's White House press briefing, outlining new findings that show Zika is linked to a broader set of pregnancy complications that go beyond the much-reported microcephaly. " It…
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Health

Study Links Zika to 2nd Brain Disorder

VOA News Scientists in Brazil have found evidence of a second brain disorder linked to the Zika virus - one with symptoms so similar to multiple sclerosis that some medical personnel initially have difficulty telling them apart. The new disorder, called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, is identified in an abstract authored by Brazilian scientist Maria Lucia Brito Ferreira.  She is set to present her findings at an international meeting of neurological scientists meeting April 15-21 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ADEM is described as a short-term, intense immune attack on the central nervous system, targeting the brain and spinal cords…
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World News

Captured American IS Fighter’s Story Raising ‘Red Flags’

Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON—Intelligence officials are taking a close look at what an American Islamic State (IS) fighter is telling Kurdish media; parts of his account raise as many questions as answers. Mohamad Jamal Khweis, the 26-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, spoke just days after he claims to have fled from the IS-held city of Mosul. Kurdish forces saw him wandering near the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar Monday and fired upon him before he surrendered. During the heavily edited version of the interview released by Kurdistan24 television, Khweis seems relaxed and, at times, smokes a cigarette, something he said is prohibited…
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Paris Attacks Suspect Captured Alive in Belgian Raid

VOA News The top suspect linked to the November 13 terror attacks in France has been arrested in Belgium, a Belgian minister said Salah Abdeslam was arrested by Belgian police during a raid Friday in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. Belgian immigration minister Theo Francken confirmed the arrest in a tweet that said "We got him." Molenbeek Mayor Francois Schepmans says Abdeslam and another person were injured in the operation. Reports say Abdeslam was wounded in the leg. US monitoring developments White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the has been in close contact with French and Belgian national security…
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Health

Healthy Food? Increased Physical Activity? Providence Residents say YES! Poll shows strong support for policies that make the healthy choice the easy choice

  PROVIDENCE, RI – (March 15, 2016) – Newly released results from a recent poll of Providence residents shows very strong support for state and local policies centered on healthy food access and physical activity.   Nearly all voters say that healthy food options are important to have at local childcare programs (97%), hospitals (96%), city properties (93%), and workplaces (92%). More than four in five voters support policies that food options in these locations meet certain nutritional standards: childcare programs (93%), hospitals (92%), city properties (89%), and workplaces (88%).   “It is wonderful to see Providence residents voicing their…
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World News

Kerry to Meet With Putin as Russia Continues Drawdown in Syria

VOA News Russia's defense ministry said more of its planes left Syria Wednesday, continuing its withdrawal as the held more indirect peace talks with Syria's warring sides in Geneva. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to travel to Moscow next week for talks with Russian Vladimir Putin about the drawdown and the new push for peace in the war-torn country. Kerry said he would talk with both Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about how to move forward with the process of bringing a political solution to the five-year conflict. "This is a moment to seize, not waste," he said…
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Entertainment

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72, Family Reports

Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career, has died. He was 72. The Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida. The statement said the family members were mourning the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details were provided. Kidnapped and held for ransom when he was 19, Sinatra Jr. had already followed his dad into the music business by then. He eventually worked for his father…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1988 Reagan orders troops into Honduras

As part of his continuing effort to put pressure on the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan orders over 3,000 troops to Honduras, claiming that Nicaraguan soldiers had crossed its borders. As with so many of the other actions taken against Nicaragua during the Reagan years, the result was only more confusion and criticism. Since taking office in 1981, the Reagan administration had used an assortment of means to try to remove the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. President Reagan charged that the Sandinistas were pawns of the Soviet Union and were establishing a communist beachhead in the…
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World News

Turkey: One of Ankara Attackers Was Female

VOA News Turkish security officials said Monday that a woman who was a Kurdish militant was one of the two suspected suicide bombers who carried out the deadly blast in Ankara that killed at least 37 people and injured another 125. The authorities did not name the woman, but said she was born in 1992, lived in the eastern Turkish city of Kars and joined the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, known as the PKK, in 2013. Sunday's attack in Ankara's Kizilay square, a key shopping center and transportation hub in the Turkish capital, was the second deadly blast in the last…
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American IS Member Surrenders to Kurdish Forces in Iraq

NORTHERN IRAQ—An American member of Islamic State has surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, near the town of Sinjar. Sarbaz Hama Amin, a Kurdish Peshmerga commander in Iraq, told VOA his forces noticed the suspect while on patrol Monday. “Our Peshmergas who were patrolling the frontline said they saw something unusual and started firing at it. That thing disappeared after we fired at it but our Peshmergas started looking for it. After it became light after 5:00 am, he screamed at as and told us in English, ‘who can talk to me? I want to come to you.’…
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