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Dalai Lama heads to US for medical checkup
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Dalai Lama heads to US for medical checkup

The Dalai Lama is headed to the United States for a medical checkup, although the Tibetan spiritual leader says he has no specific health complaints. The Dalai Lama told reporters he has been going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for regular health checkups for the past nine years. In September, the Dalai Lama canceled a series of appearances in the United States on the advice of...


Jamaica advises women to delay pregnancy due to Zika virus
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Jamaica advises women to delay pregnancy due to Zika virus

Jamaicas health minister is advising women to delay plans to become pregnant for the next six to 12 months due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The island has not even recorded any cases of Zika, which is spreading in the Americas and is suspected of causing over 3,500 babies to be born with brain damage in Brazil. But Health Minister Horace Dalley says its just a matter of time before the ...


Pakistan’s ex-President Musharraf acquitted in murder case

A court acquitted former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf Monday in a murder case involving the killing of a separatist leader, Akbar Bugti, who had died in a 2006 military operation in Baluchistan province, lawyers said. An anti-terrorism court announced the verdict in the southwestern city of Quetta, Baluchistans provincial capital. The court accepted the defenses argument that Musharr...


Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial

A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of Frances most troubling medical incidents. French prosecutors have launched a manslaughter investigation into the unusual case, which shined a spotlight on the practice of testing drugs on paid, healthy human volunteers. Scores of o...


Obama declares emergency in Michigan over bad water: White House

US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan on Saturday and ordered federal aid for state and local response efforts in the county where the city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking water. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had asked the president to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster in Genesee County to protect the safety of F...


Spacewalk suspended after leak in US astronaut’s helmet

NASA cut short a spacewalk on Friday at the International Space Station after one of the astronauts reported a leak in his spacesuit helmet, the U.S. space agency said. Tim Peake, who on the mission became the first astronaut from Britain to walk in space, and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra had finished the primary goal of their outing when Kopra reported a water ball had formed in his helmet. Th...


Maldives permits jailed ex-president to have surgery abroad

The Maldives government said Saturday that it has given permission to an imprisoned ex-president to travel to Britain for surgery. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the permission was given on condition that Mohamed Nasheed serves the remaining years of his sentence once he returns. Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison last March for ordering the military to detain a senio...


International sanctions against Iran to end

Iran freed four Americans, including a Washington Post reporter, today in a prisoner swap, as diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bring the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage. The International Atomic Energy Agency was expected to announce in Vienna that Tehran had complied with a deal reached last year to curb its nuclear progra...


Indonesian police arrests 12 in Jakarta attack

Indonesian police on Saturday named the five men they suspect launched this weeks gun and bomb attack in the heart of Jakarta and said they had arrested 12 others linked to the plot, which was claimed by Islamic State. Police arrested 12 people linked to the Jakarta attack from West and Central Java as well as East Kalimantan, national police chief Badrodin Haiti told reporters. As investiga...


Indian Muslim couple attacked over rumours of carrying beef
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Indian Muslim couple attacked over rumours of carrying beef

Police in Indias Madhya Pradesh state have arrested some members of a Hindu group for attacking a Muslim couple on suspicion that they were carrying beef. The police said the couple was in a train when members of the Gauraksha Samiti seized a bag from them. The couple told the BBC that they were not carrying any bag containing beef. Most states ban the slaughter of cows, which is consider...


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