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Suicide bomber kills 45 in Yemen Aden attack: medical charity
29 Aug 2016 at 1:22am
A suicide bomber killed at least 45 people when he drove a car laden with explosives into a compound run by local militias in Aden on Monday, Medicins Sans Frontieres said, in one of the deadliest attacks in the southern Yemeni port city. The official said at least 60 other people were brought into a nearby hospital run by the medical charity in Aden's Mansoura district. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but it resembled previous suicide bombings which Islamic State said it carried out in the city.
Singapore mass sprays residences as Zika expected to spread
29 Aug 2016 at 12:51am
By Christophe Van Der Perre and Edgar Su SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Officials sprayed insecticide and cleared drains of stagnant water in residential areas of Singapore at high risk of further Zika infections on Monday after 41 locally transmitted cases were confirmed in the city state. The health ministry on Saturday confirmed Singapore's first locally-transmitted case of Zika, with the tally rising to 41 just a day later. Singapore, a major regional financial center and busy transit hub, which maintains a constant vigil against the mosquito-borne dengue virus, reported its first case of the Zika virus in May, brought in by a middle-aged man who had been to Brazil.
Clinton could face mounting problem with health overhaul
29 Aug 2016 at 12:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment.
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
28 Aug 2016 at 11:56pm
Singapore officials armed with protective suits and insecticide spray cans went door-to-door Monday to wipe out mosquitoes after the discovery of 41 locally transmitted cases of Zika virus alarmed the city-state. Inspectors from the National Environment Agency visited homes in the suburban district where all the cases -- mostly foreign construction workers -- were reported, to check for potential breeding sites. As neighbouring countries took steps to prevent the spread of the disease from Singapore, officers also carried out insecticide fogging operations in the district.
Afghanistan launches polio drive in former IS areas
28 Aug 2016 at 11:52pm
Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at reaching children in areas previously controlled by Islamic State group militants, officials said. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic -- a fact blamed on opposition to immunisation by Islamist groups, who claim the vaccines are a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims or a cover for spying. The latest five-day drive will look to reach about 9.5 million children nationwide, the health ministry's Sardar Parwiz told AFP, with officials hoping to take advantage of reduced fighting in the east following successes from US-backed military operations.
Japan promises Kenya aid to fund development, power generation
28 Aug 2016 at 11:49pm
Japan will give Kenya 1 billion yen ($9.78 million) in aid to spur economic and social development, and will extend an as yet unspecified amount for a geothermal power project, the leaders of the two countries said. Resource-poor Japan has long been keen on tapping Africa's vast natural resources, even more so since dependence on oil and natural gas imports jumped after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster shut almost all its nuclear reactors. "Japan will extend grant aid for economic and social development amounting to one billion yen," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a joint statement late on Sunday.
Roche says U.S. FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Zika test
28 Aug 2016 at 10:28pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its test for the Zika virus.
Playing with sports concussion doubles recovery time: Study
28 Aug 2016 at 9:09pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found.
More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis
28 Aug 2016 at 7:53pm
By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that will have just a single option of insurers within the ACA's exchanges would represent an increase from 7 percent this year, the nonpartisan group found. UnitedHealth Group Inc and Aetna Inc have decided to largely exit government-run online marketplaces in 2017 that sell subsidized plans created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law, citing low enrollment and high service costs.
Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus
28 Aug 2016 at 4:55pm
By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified. All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the Health Ministry and the National Environment Agency said in a statement on Sunday. On Saturday, authorities confirmed a 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in southeastern Singapore as the city-state's first case of a local transmission of the virus.
Egypt seeks tougher penalties for female circumcision
28 Aug 2016 at 10:10am
Egypt's government said on Sunday it will ask parliament to approve a draft law that would increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcision. Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), was banned in Egypt in 2008. In Egypt, the procedure is practised by both Muslims and Christians.
Singapore reports 41 locally transmitted Zika cases
28 Aug 2016 at 6:48am
Singapore on Sunday confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and said more infections are likely. A day after announcing its first locally transmitted case, that of a 47-year-old Malaysian woman resident, the government reported 40 more -- mostly foreign workers at a construction site. All 41 are residents or workers in a particular suburban residential and industrial district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.
Locally transmitted Zika virus infects 41 in Singapore
28 Aug 2016 at 5:41am
SINGAPORE (AP) ? More than 40 people have been infected locally by the Zika virus in Singapore, but most have fully recovered, officials said Sunday.
California legal setback fails to discourage tenure opponents
28 Aug 2016 at 3:27am
A nationwide drive to weaken job guarantees for U.S. public school teachers shows no sign of fading away even though an extended legal battle to stop the practice of granting tenure in California went down in defeat last week. The California challenge, which would have made it easier for school districts to fire teachers deemed to be underachievers, reached the end of the line when the California Supreme Court declined to take up the case. The decision was a setback for advocates of sweeping changes in education that unionized teachers generally oppose, including a repeal of tenure and more funding for charter schools.