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Human Rights Watch says Brazil is risking new Zika surge

July 13, 2017 ·  By SARAH DILORENZO, ASSOCIATED PRESS for abcnews.go.com

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Poor sanitation and water conditions that contributed to an outbreak of Zika persist in Brazil and leave the country vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus, a rights group said Thursday. Brazil declared an end to the public health emergency over the mosquito-borne disease in May, 18 months after a surge in cases of the […]

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Doctor accused of molesting US gymnasts pleads guilty to child porn

July 13, 2017 ·  By Agence France Presse for news.abs-cbn.com

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WASHINGTON – A former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting more than 100 female athletes pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges of child pornography, avoiding tougher sexual assault charges in the first case to be heard against him. A Michigan federal court said Larry Nassar, 53, a doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 […]

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3-year-old killed for drinking milk from jug — authorities

July 13, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for newsinfo.inquirer.net

This July 7, 2017 booking photo provided by Orange County Corrections shows Callene Barton after she was arrested in Orlando, Fla. Orange County sheriff’s investigators say 3-year-old Xavier Mokarzel-Satchel, was killed by his mother’s roommates, Barton and and her daughter Lakesha Lewis, because he drank milk from a jug. (Orange County Incarcerations via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman and her mother beat her girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy with a plastic rod and then threw him across a room because he drank milk from a jug, authorities said Monday. The boy died of his injuries. Lakesha Lewis, 28, and her mother, Callene Barton, 58, have each been charged with first-degree […]

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New studies find coffee drinkers live longer and more disease free

July 12, 2017 ·  By www.afr.com

One study found those drinking thee cups of coffee daily had a 18 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease.
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Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health. The studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who were tracked over many years. They found that coffee-drinking reduced the risk of various diseases among people from […]

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Since Sandy Hook, an American Kid Has Died by a Gun Every Other Day

July 12, 2017 ·  By POLLY DEFRANK and MIKE BRUNKER for www.nbcnews.com

The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School after the mass shooting. ADREES LATIF / Reuters file

There are at least 555 reasons to ask whether American children are safer from gun violence today than they were three years ago, when the unthinkable happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That’s how many kids under the age of 12 have died from gunshots — both intentional and accidental — since Adam Lanza stormed […]

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NI child re-offending rate is 90% after custodial sentence

July 12, 2017 ·  By Northern Ireland for www.bbc.com

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Nine out of 10 children in Northern Ireland who serve a custodial sentence after breaking the law re-offend within a year of being released. A report by the Audit Office also reveals that it costs £324,000 a year to keep a young person in custody. The report says repeat offenders are responsible for 72% of […]

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Rio’s Valongo slave wharf becomes Unesco heritage site

July 11, 2017 ·  By Latin America & Caribbean for www.bbc.com

The old stone wharf is now inland, after successive land reclamation projects in Rio

A wharf in Rio de Janeiro where nearly a million African slaves are estimated to have landed has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN cultural organisation, Unesco. The Valongo wharf operated for three centuries and became the biggest entry point for African slaves in Brazil. Its remains were discovered during renovation work […]

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Bad blood between Japan and Korea persists

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for www.bbc.com

The statue of a Comfort Woman stands as a constant sign of protest

In August the countries around the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end the Second World War – and already that anniversary is re-opening old wounds. If you doubt the strength of feeling that still exists against Japan, just go to the Japanese embassy in the South Korean capital. All embassies […]

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‘Comfort women’: Researchers claim first known film

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for www.bbc.com

The issue has long been a strain on ties between South Korea and Japan

South Korea has released what it says is the first known footage of “comfort women” forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Filmed by US troops in China, the clip was found by government-funded researchers at Seoul National University in US archives. The 18-second clip shows several women lined […]

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El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

July 10, 2017 ·  By Nina Lakhani for www.theguardian.com

Salvadoran women take part in a demonstration to demand the decriminalisation of abortion in San Salvador on 23 February 2017. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A high school student was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder, after giving birth in a bathroom in 2016 Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, 19, from a small rural community in Cuscatlán, eastern El Salvador, was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder. […]

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