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Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’
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Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’

AFP - February 18, 2016

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at…

Male smokers triple female ones in Costa Rica, study finds
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Business
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Male smokers triple female ones in Costa Rica, study finds

L. Arias - February 17, 2016

Some 9 percent of Costa Rica’s population smokes on a daily basis, meaning some 300,000 people here can be considered regular smokers. That is one of the…

Zika research to be published rapidly and free
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Zika research to be published rapidly and free

Mariëtte Le Roux | AFP - February 10, 2016

PARIS – Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily and free. A…

Costa Rica prosecutors charge 5 members of alleged organ trafficking ring
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica prosecutors charge 5 members of alleged organ trafficking ring

The Tico Times - February 9, 2016

More than two years after police made the first arrests in an international organ trafficking case, Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday that five people will go on…

Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists

L. Arias - February 9, 2016

Officials from several government agencies on Monday said the current situation of Zika virus does not pose a risk for tourists traveling to Costa Rica, and that there is…

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia
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Health
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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Alina Dieste | AFP - February 5, 2016

Updated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 BOGOTÁ -- Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the U.N. urged…

UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads
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UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads

Claire de Oliveira Neto | AFP - February 5, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the Zika virus to give women access to contraception and abortion, as health officials…

Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika
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Environment and Wildlife
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Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika

AFP - February 5, 2016

PANAMA CITY – Panama is mulling releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on its territory to combat the spread of the Zika virus, a prominent health official told…

WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas
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WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas

AFP - February 4, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus. "With the…

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases
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The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

Chris Mooney | The Washington Post - February 4, 2016

The alarming spread of the Zika virus – caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus…