Up to four million Zika cases predicted

3 to 4 million people might be have contracted Zika virus within the Americas this season the planet Health Organization (WHO) forecasts

Most won’t develop signs and symptoms however the virus spread by nasty flying bugs continues to be associated with brain defects in infants

Meanwhile the united states states it wishes to start vaccine tests in people through the finish of the season

WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan stated Zika choose to go from the mild threat to 1 of alarming proportions

She provides a Zika emergency team following the explosive spread from the virus

It’ll meet on Monday to determine whether Zika ought to be treated like a global emergency

The final time an worldwide emergency was declared was for that Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has wiped out greater than 11000 people

Zika: What you ought to know

Zika was initially detected in Uganda in 1947 but hasn’t triggered an episode about this scale

South america reported the very first installments of Zika in South Usa in May 2015

Many instances lead to no signs and symptoms which is difficult to test for but WHO authorities stated between 500000 and 15 million people have been infected in the united states

Herpes has since spread to greater than 20 nations in the area

Simultaneously there’s been a high increase in amounts of microcephaly – babies born with abnormally small heads – and also the rare central nervous system disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome

The hyperlink between your virus which disorders is not confirmed but Dr Chan stated it had been strongly suspected and it was deeply alarming

And she or he cautioned the problem could yet deteriorate because this years El Nino weather designs are required to improve bug populations greatly in lots of areas

The BBCs David Shukman confirming from Recife in north-east South america stated doctors were overcome by installments of microcephaly

One hospital around town choose to go from coping with typically five cases annually to 300 previously six several weeks

Earlier doctors writing within the Journal from the Ama stated Zika had explosive pandemic potential and stated the WHOs failure to do something quickly on Ebola most likely cost 1000’s of lives

Inside a statement towards the executive board meeting from the WHO Dr Chan stated: The amount of problem is high out of the box the amount of uncertainty

Questions abound – we have to acquire some solutions rapidly

For those these reasons I’ve made the decision to convene an urgent situation Committee

I’m asking the Committee for suggestions about the right degree of worldwide concern as well as for suggested measures that needs to be carried out in affected nations and elsewhere

Authorities in the US National Institute of Health stated they’d two potential Zika vaccines in development

One that’s according to an experimental West Earth vaccine might be repurposed for Zika and enter clinical tests through the finish of 2016 Dr Anthony Fauci from NIH stated

He stated talks were already happening with pharmaceutical companies however a vaccine wouldn’t be broadly available for quite some time

Meanwhile Dr Anne Schuchat in the Cdc confirmed there was 31 installments of Zika in the united states – all linked to go to the impacted areas

In a news conference Whitened House spokesperson Josh Serious stated the countrys reaction to herpes to date have been in conjuction with the type of threat that may be available

At this time within the U . s . States the chance of an illness spread by nasty flying bugs is very low the The month of january temps in The United States are very inhospitable towards the bug populations

But clearly thats likely to change he added

Dr Carissa Etienne the regional-director for that WHO Pan American Health Organization stated the hyperlink between your irregularities and Zika was not confirmed

But she added: We can’t tolerate the possibilities of more babies being born with nerve along with other malformations people these days facing the specter of paralysis

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After guilty plea, former Redflex CEO could face up to five years in prison

The prior Boss of Redflex a substantial red-colored-colored light camera vendor pleaded guilty on Thursday to bribery of Chicago city government bodies incorporated inside a substantial contracting bid

Karen Finley might be the 2nd of three accused to plead guilty to such charges The program wound up being to train on a friend from the former Chicago transit official just like a $2 million consultant lots of which was then funneled compared to that official Martin O’Malley the contractor introduced in October 2014 court filings he’d plead guilty

The federal government criminal trial of John Bills the prior controlling deputy commissioner within the Us dot is presently searching for The month of the month of january 11 2016

A May 2014 affidavit put together by an FBI special agent signifies that Bills likely used several of these funds to purchase and store a spead boat buy a vehicle buy an addition for his Michigan cabin purchase his girlfriend’s mortgage pay their very own mortgage pay his kids’ schools and rehearse the divorce lawyer throughout the time of numerous years

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High-paid out consultant to plead guilty in Chicago red-colored-colored light camera situation

Guy was paid out $2M which was mostly sent onto a friend who bought an automobile boat

A 2013 Redflex document claims that two employees paid for vacation-related expenses for Bills not under 17 different excursions from 2003 through 2010 which incorporated hotels travel arrangements vehicle rental fees golf games and meals together with a pc The whole value was around $20000 Karen Finley was v . p . of methods at Redflex from 2001 until late 2005 then she was promoted to Boss from 2006 until February 2013

Finley could address five years jail time she’s also set to get sentenced in the separate but related situation in Ohio where she also pled guilty in June 2015

In line with the Chicago Tribune “under the regards to Finleys plea agreement with prosecutors whatever sentence enforced on her behalf account in Chicago would run concurrent for the term passed on inside the Ohio case

In December 2013 Ars reported on red colored colored light cameras country wide especially Redflexs four cameras inside the central California capital of scotland Modesto

Boy smuggled to Spain in suitcase

Gaziantep Escort — An eight year old boy continues to be smuggled into The country from The other agents in the suitcase The spanish language everybody

The boy Abou was discovered within the situation being transported with a 19-year-old lady into Ceuta a The spanish language enclave alongside The other agents on Thursday

When police opened up the situation they found the boy inside a terrible condition a spokesperson for that Guardia Civil told AFP

The boy from Ivory Coast has become within the proper care of government bodies in Ceuta

The The spanish language newspaper El Pais reported (in The spanish language) the 19-year-old isn’t associated with the boy and it was compensated by his father to hold the suitcase

The boy’s father resides in the Canary Islands coupled with wished to become reunited together with his boy El Pais stated

The The spanish language news agency Efe stated the boy’s father also named Abou had travelled to Ivory Coast to choose him up getting gone to live in Gran Canaria in 2013

The daddy then apparently compensated the Moroccan courier to hold the suitcase A police spokesperson told Efe: She appeared to hesitate also it looked as if she did not wish to come with the border

In the beginning we believed that there might be drug packages but progressively discovered it had become an individual body

The boy’s father travelled over the border an hour or so-and-a-half after his boy At that time Efe stated he was detained by border pads

Ceuta and the other The spanish language enclave Melilla take a seat on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast and therefore are each encircled on three sides by The other agents

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Madrid states they’re integral areas of The country and handles their edges but The other agents claims sovereignty within the areas

Despite being encircled by six-metre-high fences the enclaves have demonstrated to become popular areas for migrants to try and mix into Europe from Africa

Human Privileges Watch states a minimum of 4300 people joined Ceuta and Melilla unlawfully in 2013 in comparison to 2804 the prior year

In Feb this past year 100s of migrants stormed a fence in Melilla in a single day with around 100 controlling to really make it in to the enclave

Canada extends IS strikes to Syria

Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic Condition (IS) into Syria Pm Stephen Harper has introduced

In our opinion ISIL [IS] must cease to possess any safe place in Syria Mr Harper stated in the home of Commons

Canadas mission against IS may also be extended for just one year beyond Octobers election and well into 2016

Opposition leaders have criticised Mr Harper for drawing Canada right into a war with unclear objectives

The move means Canada would be the first Nato country apart from the U . s . States to strike inside Syria

IS controls find each side from the Iraq-Syria border – and also the US broadened its air strike campaign from the militant group into Syria in September

It’s been became a member of in similar strikes by Bahrain Saudi Arabia Jordan and also the U . s . Arab Emirates

The Canadian pm introduced the modification because he requested a election around the measure in the home of Commons on Tuesday

The federal government recognises that ISILs energy base indeed the so-known as caliphates capital is within Syria Mr Harper stated adding martial artists and high equipment were moving over the border from Iraq for defense against strikes

Mr Harper stated Canada wouldn’t ask for the express consent from the Assad government

Rather we’ll work carefully with this American along with other allies who happen to be undertaking such procedures against ISIL over Syria in recent several weeks

The is through likely to pass as Mr Harpers Conservative Party controls home of Commons

The main opposition parties chosen from the initial approval of military pressure against IS

New Democrat Party leader Tom Mulcair told the Commons Canada didn’t have devote this war while Liberal leader Justin Trudeau stated Mr Harper have been continuously drawing Canada much deeper right into a war in Iraq

It now really wants to expand that war into Syria Mr Trudeau stated

Opposition leaders also asked the mission of Canadian special forces soldiers sent to utilize Kurdish peshmerga martial artists

The soldiers happen to be enhancing the Kurdish forces by pointing coalition airstrikes against Islamic Condition martial artists

Canadian soldiers are close to the front lines and also have tried a minimum of two firefights – but defence authorities have stated soldiers behaved in self-defence in individuals cases

One soldier seemed to be wiped out by Kurdish martial artists inside a friendly-fire incident this month

Consequently the mission is becoming more questionable in Canada Mr Mulcair accused Mr Harper of misleading Canadians from the beginning

Mr Harper had stated he’ll provide particulars about stretching and growing the mission now It had been because of expire in April

Additionally to help Kurdish forces Canada provides six CF-18 fighter planes in addition to surveillance and refuelling aircraft contributing to 600 personnel towards the US brought mission

West to accept more Syrian refugees

The UN says that may Syrian refugees suffer from ill health and from the trauma of war


Western countries have promised to increase the number of Syrian refugees they will accept for resettlement to up to 100,000 over the next few months, the UN refugee agency has said.

The UNHCR made the announcement at a meeting of member states in Geneva.

The 100,000 figure is still well short of what the UN and aid agencies wanted.

Most refugees – around three-million – are in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. Up until now only about 62,000 have been allowed into Western countries.

The commitment by them to accept more came at the end of a pledging conference in Geneva, during which aid organisations such as Oxfam and Save the Children urged wealthy countries to accept at least 5%, or 180,000, of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria.

The UNHCR said that while it welcomed the new offers of resettlement – it had hoped for more because so many refugees are suffering from ill health and war trauma.

“Twenty-eight countries expressed their solidarity with the Syrian refugees but also with the five neighbouring countries which are hosting them… Offering what we estimate will be more than 100,000 opportunities for resettlement and humanitarian admission,” UNHCR head Antonio Guterres told reporters after the conference.

But the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says that what has been offered by Western countries is a somewhat vague commitment.

The US, UK and the wealthy Gulf states did not offer any concrete numbers – our correspondent says that the UN will be especially disappointed by that, as it had lobbied them hard.

The US and the UK say they will continue to focus on supporting Syria’s neighbours, who are bearing the biggest burden of the refugee crisis – but Lebanon and Jordan have for months been warning that they cannot take many more people.

The UN’s food agency meanwhile has reinstated a food program for Syrian refugees that was suspended on 1 December.

A system of electronic food vouchers, which helped feed 1.7 million Syrians in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, was stopped due to a funding shortfall.

But officials from the World Food Program said they would reintroduce it after securing $80m (£51m) through an online fundraising campaign.

Officials from some 40 governments took part in Tuesday’s conference to discuss resettling refugees outside the Middle East.

More than 30 humanitarian organisations have warned that the “extraordinary generosity” of countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at “breaking point”.

Obama sent secret letter to Iran

The White House has not commented directly on the reported letter


(bursa eskort) — US President Barack Obama is said to have written a secret letter to Iran’s supreme leader describing a shared interest in fighting Islamic State

The letter, reported by the Wall Street Journal, also urges Ayatollah Ali Khamenei toward a nuclear agreement

The US president stresses any co-operation on fighting IS is contingent on Iran reaching such an agreement by a 24 November diplomatic deadline

The White House has declined to comment on Mr Obama’s private correspondence

But Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said it was outrageous that the president would approach Iran, given its support for the Syrian government and Shia groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah

The administration needs to understand that this Iranian regime cares more about trying to weaken America and push us out of the Middle East than cooperating with us they said in a joint statement

The consequences of this ill-conceived bargain would destroy the Syrians’ last, best chance to live in freedom from the brutal Assad regime

The US has ruled out inviting Iran to join an international coalition it has assembled against IS, but has said Iran has a role to play in the fight against IS.

Islamic State, a Sunni jihadist group, poses a threat to Shia-majority Iran and has taken over large parts of Iran’s Shia dominated ally Iraq

The group’s militants currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria and have carried out mass killings across the region

But Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out co-operating with the US against IS, accusing Washington of having created the jihadist group as a tool against Iran

The letter, sent last month, is at least the fourth time Mr Obama has written to the Iranian leader since taking office in 2009 and underscores his view that Iran is important in an emerging campaign against IS

Analysis, Kim Ghattas, BBC News

America’s Arab allies are bound to be dismayed by news of the letter. Foreign diplomats said US administration officials they spoke to did not deny its existence

And key Gulf countries who are part of the current military coalition against IS were not informed about the letter in advance, which diplomats said could undermine trust between US and its partners at a crucial moment

When the US started secret negotiations with Iran in 2012, it did not inform countries like Saudi Arabia or Israel. They were outraged when news surfaced of the secret channel. This letter will be seen as another example of Mr Obama acting with little regard for his allies as he doggedly pursues a deal with Iran

American officials will argue they are doing what’s best in America’s national security interest

Officials with the Obama administration have recently talked down the chances of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, rating it at only 50-50, according to the Wall Street Journal.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to begin negotiations on the issue with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif this weekend in Oman.

World powers suspect Iran of trying to make a nuclear bomb, a claim it denies

An interim deal agreed late last year gave Iran some relief from sanctions in return for curbs on nuclear activity

But talks later stalled on the extent of uranium enrichment Iran would be allowed and on the timetable for sanctions to be lifted

On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to comment directly on the secret letter

I can tell you that the policy that the president and his administration have articulated about Iran remains unchanged he said in response to questions

Also on Thursday, Republican speaker of the House John Boehner said he did not trust Iran’s leaders and said they should not be brought into the fight against IS

Asian shares return to positive

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Asian stock markets opened in positive territory on Wednesday, following markets in the US which ended their trading day higher.

Strong results from major US firms together with rising shares for Apple helped boost investor sentiment on Tuesday.

The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose as much as 2% in morning trade on Wednesday.

The positive streak comes after weeks of volatility on global markets.

In Australia, the ASX All Ordinaries was up by more than 0.8% before midday.

Investors were pleased to hear that BHP Billiton, the world’s third-largest supplier of iron ore, said it was on track to deliver production growth of 16% over a two year period, to mid-2015.

BHP’s chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said the firm’s “relentless focus on productivity” continued to yield strong results.

Shares in the firm rose by more more than 1% in morning trade after it also reported a 17% percent increase in iron ore production in the three months to September, compared to the previous year.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index was also up by 0.8% in morning trade, while in South Korea, the Kospi index was up by more than 0.5%.

Financial markets in Malaysia and Singapore are closed on Wednesday for the Hindu holiday, Diwali.

Elsewhere, stocks across Europe rose on Tuesday after a report said the European Central Bank was considering new moves to boost the eurozone’s economy.

Reuters reported that the ECB was thinking of buying corporate bonds in the secondary market, a move which is seen as helping banks.

House passes border bill that has nowhere to go

Washington ( www.escort16.biz ) — In a late-night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223-189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

The bill proposes to give the Department of Homeland Security more than $400 million for additional border security and law enforcement measures. It would allocate more than $20 million to speed up the deportation process by accelerating the judicial process, and also would set aside millions for National Guard border efforts and temporary housing for unaccompanied minors, among other things.

The measure that passed Friday also included a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to send home the unaccompanied children from Central American countries.

The Democratic-led Senate had already left Washington to start a five-week summer recess after it was unable to pass its own legislation to give President Barack Obama some of the money he’s requested to address the massive influx of migrants at the nation’s southwestern border.

At a news conference Friday, President Barack Obama dismissed the House GOP measure as “a message bill” and vowed to veto if it came across his desk.

The vote came one day after a chaotic scene on Capitol Hill when House Speaker John Boehner was forced to abruptly pull an earlier version of the bill because it didn’t have sufficient votes to pass. Some conservatives didn’t like the price tag of the legislation and others demanded tougher restrictions on a separate bill that would halt future deportations of some child immigrants who arrived years ago.

House GOP leaders had already agreed to hold a separate vote on that measure, modeled on a plan from conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which would prevent Obama from continuing his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Under DACA, the administration can defer deportations of children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

But conservatives wanted to end that policy, fearing that the President would use his executive authority to expand deportation deferments.

After a late night of negotiations on Thursday, GOP leaders agreed to the demand.

The House passed that bill Friday, 216-192, after a heated and ugly floor debate. Democrats accused the GOP of being “anti-Hispanic” and “extreme” — a message the party will certainly repeat over and over before the midterm elections.

Brushing off accusations that both bills were just political theater, House Republicans worked all day to lock down the votes from their members. They believed passing legislation right before they left for the break would flip the narrative — instead of being the party that did nothing, they could claim they stayed and approved a plan while the Democrats who run the Senate left town without any action on the issue.

“The people’s House is here working and we’re not going to stop working until we pass legislation that actually addresses this crisis,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana.

House Democrats said the Republicans would only make the situation worse.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, warned that the House Republicans’ legislation would cause the deportation of 600,000 “Dreamers” — people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors and received conditional permanent residency under the 2001 DREAM Act.

“Republicans want to kill DACA and kill it quietly on a Friday night,” Gutierrez said.

But Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said the President’s move “to use his pen and cell phone to legislate” and allow children stay in the country violated the Constitution because it was up to Congress to pass new laws.

Republicans criticized Obama for sending mixed messages to Congress on modifying that law. The President and some in his administration indicated they could support a bill to expedite deportations of children coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but then backed off after Congressional Democrats strongly opposed linking that with additional border money.

Without any agreement on additional resources to address the border crisis, Obama said Friday, “we’ve run out of money.”

Three weeks ago, Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help process the unaccompanied children at the border and boost border security. The Senate Democrats’ plan called for $2.7 billion, but it failed to advance.

The President said Friday he would reallocate money to ensure federal agencies providing housing or holding immigration hearings could continue to handle the increased activity along the border in Texas