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Zika affecting 5000 women in Colombia

Zika affecting 5000 women in Colombia

More than 5000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

France rejects permanent refugee quota

France rejects permanent refugee quota

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has rejected the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the European Union crisis over migration.

Deep freeze triggers fatal pileup

Deep freeze triggers fatal pileup

A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead.

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal

Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal

Russia says a Syria ceasefire plan is more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province.

US northeast braces for severe cold snap

US northeast braces for severe cold snap

The northeastern United States on Friday faced a cold snap so severe that even world-class ski jumpers preparing for a night-time competition at Boston's Fenway Park worried about the frigid weather.

Church leaders unite after 1000 years

Church leaders unite after 1000 years

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East.

Syria truce, but Assad vows to fight on

Syria truce, but Assad vows to fight on

Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country.

UK teen suspected of hacking CIA chief

UK teen suspected of hacking CIA chief

A 16-year-old boy in Britain has been arrested on criminal charges related to the alleged hacking of email accounts used by CIA director John Brennan and other US officials, according to US and British sources familiar with the investigation.

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