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Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 14:28 UTC

World health experts call for Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved given Zika spread fears

“The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” the letter said.

More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online.

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 08:23 UTC

“Modern Times”, robots rapidly replacing workers in electronics factories

Xu Yulian, head of Kunshan region PP.RR., said: “More companies are likely to follow suit.” China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Star.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC

WHO public health advice regarding the Olympics and Zika virus

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 00:49 UTC

Infantino admits public opinion “views FIFA with skepticism”, following Scala's resignation

FIFA congress in Mexico gave the Council control over appointing and dismissing members of the governing body’s independent compliance and ethics committees.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino admits “the public view FIFA with skepticism” after a series of corruption scandals. But in answer to critics who say a recent move has weakened efforts to reform FIFA, he said “from now on the focus should be on our actions and deeds, rather than on premature conclusions and speculation.“

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 10:50 UTC

New recommendations for athletes and visitors of the coming Rio Olympic Games

CDC recommends using condoms if afraid of getting Zika from sex, and athletes will have hundreds of thousands of them provided for free in the Olympic Village.

Australian athletes at this summer’s Rio Olympics will be supplied with condoms which offer “near complete” protection against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced. However, the virus has been linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 08:26 UTC

Maduro admits to being mad as a hatter, but “crazy love” for Venezuela and the revolution

“Yes, I'm mad as a mad hatter, but mad with love for Venezuela, for the Bolivarian revolution, for Chavez and his example”, admitted Maduro

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro admitted he “was mad as a hatter”, but “mad with love” for Venezuela, the Bolivarian revolution and for the deceased leader Hugo Chavez, in a clear reference to previous statements, without mentioning him, of Uruguayan ex president Jose Mujica.

Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Argentina nominates Susana Malcorra candidate for UN Secretary General post

 Susana Malcorra has conditions and capacities to amply comply with the tasks of the UN Secretary General office, wrote Macri in the letter

President Mauricio Macri on Friday made official the nomination of Susana Malcorra as a candidate to the post of United Nations Secretary General, underlining that the diplomatic experience of the Argentine foreign minister will contribute to provide “creative solutions” to the challenges faced by the UN organization.

Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 08:07 UTC

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay appeal for an urgent political dialogue in Venezuela

Malcorra, Munoz and Nin Novoa call on the Venezuelan government, National Assembly and all political forces to sit and dialogue

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay in a joint statement released on Friday, called for political dialogue in Venezuela and offered to help with a “national reunion” of the political and social forces of the country. The appeal, with utmost respect for the principle of non interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, was made extensive to the government, the National Assembly, under opposition control, and all political and social groups.

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 16:37 UTC

US supports Temer: “there has been a clear and undeniable respect for democratic institutions”

US ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick intervened to reject the claim made by the Bolivian and Venezuelan representatives that the impeachment was a coup.

United States ambassador before the Organization of American States, OAS, dismissed the notion that a coup is underway in Brazil and openly rejected concern voiced by other member states such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 11:16 UTC

Brazil's economic interests will prevail over ideological goals, says new foreign minister

“Diplomacy will return to transparently and firmly reflecting the legitimate values of Brazilian society and the interests of its economy” underlined Serra

The foreign minister for Brazil's new government following the suspension of president Dilma Rousseff said that Brasilia will now pursue economic interests over ideological goals. Jose Serra, nominated by acting president Michel Temer in the wake of Rousseff's suspension for an impeachment trial, signaled that Brazil would no longer be part of the loose left/leaning alliance that exists across several Latin American countries.

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