Latin America News

  • Carnival opens in Rio, defying growing Zika fears

    Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- got underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival's ceremonial King Momo, who promised a spectacular…

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  • First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths,…

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  • In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

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  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom even as its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers.

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  • The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

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  • CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.

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  • Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

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  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream — five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this…

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  • Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers

    Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids. "The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine," Paulo Gadelha, head of the Fiocruz institute…

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  • Peace deal in reach, Obama says US to help Colombia rebuild

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nudging Colombia toward a peace deal that's finally within reach, President Barack Obama committed the United States on Thursday to helping the battle-scarred nation rebuild after half a century of guerrilla conflict.

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  • Zika weighs on new Emirates flights to Panama

    New direct Emirates Airline flights starting next month between Dubai and Panama will boost trade, officials predicted Thursday -- but the spread of the Zika virus through Latin America could deal a blow to passenger numbers. Panama's foreign ministry said the service -- which will be the world's…

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  • Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.

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  • Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it.

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  • Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2: study

    Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees, according to a study released. The research, published in the journal Nature, challenges long-standing assumptions that virgin tropical…

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  • S.America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

    South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies. With health authorities warning the disease could infect up to four million people in the Americas, ministers…

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  • The Latest: Official urges Americas to spend more on Zika

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the mosquito-born Zika virus, which is linked to brain deformities in babies (all times local):

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  • US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

    NEW YORK (AP) — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.

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