Caribbean & International

Zika virus ‘no longer an emergency’ – WHO

The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s health agency is acknowledging that Zika is here to stay. The infection has been linked to severe birth defects in almost 30 countries. These include microcephaly, where […]


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170 inmates break out of Haiti jail

More than 170 inmates have escaped from a Haitian prison in Arcahaie, 45km (30 miles) north of the capital Port-au-Prince. The inmates stole five rifles; a guard and an inmate were killed in an exchange of fire. The authorities have begun a manhunt for the fugitives with the help of UN peacekeepers stationed in the […]

Venezuelans protest after quashed referendum

(BBC) Venezuelan government opponents marched through Caracas after officials blocked their attempts to hold a referendum. The wives of two jailed opposition leaders headed the marchers who were dressed in white and waved national flags. On Thursday election officials suspended a petition seeking a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from office. The move was […]