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VIETNAM

Disease outbreak kills 70

A health official says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in the country has killed 70 people so far this year and infected more than 23,000, mostly children under the age of five. Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Preventive Medicine, was quoted by the Thanh Nien newspaper as saying most of the cases have been reported in the south. Enterovirus 71, or EV-71, is the dominant strain circulating in the country. This year’s outbreak is a sharp uptick from recent years.

NEW ZEALAND

Penguin passes health test

The country’s favorite penguin visitor has been given a health clearance to be returned to the wild. The news comes five weeks after he was found on a beach more than 3,200km from his Antarctic home. The emperor penguin nicknamed “Happy Feet” has been recuperating at the Wellington Zoo since he was discovered in the North Island. He is the first emperor penguin to be found in the wild in the country in 44 years. Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker said the penguin has gained about 4kg and this week passed an X-ray and blood test. Baker said the penguin will likely be released offshore in the south of the country sometime in the next few weeks.

UNITED STATES

Butt surgery death accidental

An autopsy report has determined that the death of a Las Vegas woman who died after receiving a buttock enhancement injection in a makeshift medical office was accidental. Clark County Coroner P. Michael Murphy said on Thursday that 42-year-old Elena Caro died from an adverse drug reaction. He said the autopsy does not preclude criminal charges. Ruben -Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Torres-Sanchez of Colombia face charges of murder and practicing medicine without a license in Caro’s April death. Authorities allege the husband and wife were running a cosmetic surgery business in the back room of a tile store when they injected Caro’s buttocks with a gel substance. Caro was found roaming the streets in agony hours after the injection. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

RUSSIA

Three killed in two attacks

Police say a village leader and an elderly couple have been killed in a restive Russian province in the North Caucasus. Vyacheslav Gasanov, a police spokesman in the republic of Dagestan, said village chief Rabadan Omarov in central Dagestan was killed late on Thursday night when an unidentified man stormed his house and gunned him down with an assault rifle. In southern Dagestan, a married couple in their 60s known, for having conservative Muslim beliefs, was stabbed to death by a man who attacked their house on the same night. Police suspect Muslim insurgents to be behind both killings.

ITALY

Minister says sorry for errors

Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti apologized in an open letter yesterday over his occupancy of a flat belonging to a former aide now under investigation for corruption. “Did I commit unlawful acts? As far as I’m concerned, no. Did I make mistakes? Yes, definitely,” Tremonti wrote in a letter to the Corriere della Sera newspaper. Tremonti has faced growing pressure over his links to Marco Milanese, a close aide being investigated for graft and influence-peddling by Naples magistrates. Tremonti until a few weeks ago occupied a flat in Rome made available by Milanese, a former tax official.

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