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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Ten Zika cases confirmed

The nation on Saturday said it has 10 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the ailment suspected of causing serious birth defects in newborns. Dominican Minister of Health Altagracia Guzman said lab testing of samples sent to the US had confirmed Zika in 10 out of 27 suspected cases. “In light of this finding, it is imperative to adopt strict measures across the nation to prevent and contain this illness,” Guzman said. Zika has been linked to a birth defect known as microcephaly, when babies are born with malformed and abnormally small heads. It is also associated with a higher incidence of miscarriages. Proposed measures to contain the illness include stepped-up mosquito eradication, including eliminating standing water that can be breeding grounds for the insects.

NICARAGUA

apsized boat kills 13

A tourist boat carrying more than 30 people capsized in bad weather off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua on Saturday, killing 13 passengers, authorities said. Nicaraguan Navy Commander Mario Berrios said the dead were all Costa Rican nationals, who were traveling aboard the Reina del Caribe — Spanish for “Caribbean Queen.” The vessel went down amid rain and strong winds as it was ferrying between the Corn Islands, a popular tourist destination. Berrios said that of the 32 passengers on the boat, 25 were Costa Ricans, four were Americans and three were Nicaraguans. He added that most of the 13 dead were women. The other 19 passengers were rescued. “This is a great tragedy, truly painful, because they were our Costa Rican, Central American brothers and sisters, who were vacationing in the waters of the Nicaraguan Caribbean,” government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo told media portal El 19 Digital. Berrios said the boat’s captain and owner was detained because the vessel was not supposed to be sailing during the inclement weather that has been lashing the region for several days. “There was a warning that the weather conditions would be bad, but it appears that was ignored and this tragedy happened,” Berrios said.

DENMARK

Baboon on the loose

Police on Saturday warned the public not to approach a baboon on the loose after it escaped from a zoo in the country’s west. The primate, described as the size of an average dog, was still believed to be roaming the town of Esbjerg, close to Blavand Zoo, following its escape on Friday. “Do not try to catch it, but call the police,” police said on Twitter where they also posted a picture of the animal wandering along a road. Baboons, which can weigh up to 40kg, can become aggressive toward humans if hungry.

BEIRUT

Airstrikes leave 47 dead

At least 47 people, including nine children, have died in airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes on a town in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday. The raids on Khasham, near the city of Deir al-Zor, on Saturday were among a series of strikes that also hit two other town and others areas in the previous 48 hours, killing scores of people. Russian jets have been bombing around Deir al-Zor as Syrian pro-government forces clash with Islamic State group fighters, who control most of the province. The group has besieged remaining government-held areas of the city since March last year and last week launched new attacks.

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