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Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 05:33 UTC

Africa's decisive 54 votes pledged to Sheikh Salam's bid for FIFA presidency

CAF ExCo urged all 54 member associations  to reserve their votes for Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa during the Feb elections for FIFA  presidency

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is backing Sheikh Salman in the Bahraini royal’s bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Africa’s 54 members represent a large portion of the total of 209 FIFA voters who are eligible to cast a ballot. Not surprisingly, it’s believed that the candidate who gets the support of Africa will be a big favorite.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Santos at the White House will ask for help to implement Colombia's peace accord

“Part of the conversation with President Obama is how can they help us in the post-conflict,” Colombian president Santos told a BBC interview.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has said he will ask President Obama to help implement a peace accord that his government expects to sign with the Farc rebel group next month. The two presidents will meet at the White House on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 12:07 UTC

Havana Club rum war: Bacardi appeals US decision to let Cuba have the trademark

That green light, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is illegal, Bacardi said in the latest salvo of a long-running legal battle that goes back to 1959.

Bacardi filed suit on Monday against the United States demanding an explanation of its decision to let Cuba sell Havana Club rum in the United States once the U.S. trade embargo against the Castro brothers' island is lifted.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:05 UTC

Zika virus declared an international public health emergency

Director-General Margaret Chan said on Monday coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and speed work on a vaccine

The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 05:49 UTC

FARC will enter politics once peace deal is signed, announces top guerrilla leader

“We will be in politics without arms,” FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño , known by his nom de guerre “Timochenko” or “Timoleón Jiménez,” said in a rare interview

Colombia’s FARC rebel guerrillas will enter politics and seek alliances with other parties after it signs a peace deal with the government, its secretive leader said, despite rebel fears they may be targeted by right-wing armed groups..

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 05:42 UTC

Zika cancellations to be waived by cruise lines in the Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines said it will allow pregnant women on sailings that include  destinations impacted by the virus to switch to an itinerary to an unaffected area.

Cruise lines have followed the lead of major airlines and begun waiving cancellation penalties for some customers booked on voyages to the Caribbean and other destinations affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 11:05 UTC

OAS Special mission to Haiti to help reach an understanding following suspension of elections

The Mission, requested by President of Haiti, The Special Mission is headed by the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald Sanders. aims to collaborate in reac

The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti is scheduled to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, headed by the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald Sanders.

Friday, January 29th 2016 - 03:45 UTC

WHO admits as possible four million cases of Zika; emergency meeting Monday

Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at WHO's Americas office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame.

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday. WHO's director-general said the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

Friday, January 29th 2016 - 03:28 UTC

Maduro claims he will not rest until a Celac summit is held in Malvinas Argentinas

“We shall not rest until having made true Latin America and the Caribbean's dream of Argentine Malvinas and holding a Celac summit there in the Islands”

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro was the only leader to take time during the recent Celac summit, to make a public statement on the Falklands/Malvinas pledging full support for Argentina's sovereignty claim over the Islands and promising not to rest until “the dream of Malvinas Argentinas comes true”.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Infantino secures support from CONCACAF for his FIFA presidency bid

Infantino said he was “delighted” to secure UNCAF’s backing. “Thank you @UNCAF for the support. Together we can take FIFA forward,” he tweeted

Gianni Infantino has won the support of the seven-member Central American Football Union in his bid for the FIFA presidency. Leaders of the UNCAF federations, which are part of CONCACAF, endorsed the UEFA general secretary in a letter on Monday that Infantino posted on his Twitter page.

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