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WHO declares Zika a global health emergency

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary.

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Zika vaccine ‘may be ready for emergency use this year’

A vaccine for the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of infants, could be ready for emergency use before year-end, one of its lead developers said on Thursday, a timetable well ahead of estimates by US offic

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Iran says didn't receive request for Opec meet

Iran did not receive any request for an Opec emergency meeting, Shana news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh.   The minister's comments come a day after Nigeria

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Tunisia extends emergency for 2 months

Tunisia's government has extended a state of emergency imposed after a November suicide bombing, from December 24 to Feruary. 21, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. The state of emergency grants the presidency and

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Gulf Air London flight makes emergency landing

A Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to London had to make an emergency yesterday (December 13), after experiencing technical issues that led to a drop in cabin pressure, a report said. Flight GF003 landed safely at Heathrow International, it

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Emergency in Maldives as turmoil deepens

The Maldives declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, as President Abdulla Yameen sought to shore up his power over the Indian Ocean island nation following a suspected assassination attempt. Citing a threat to national securit

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Emergency in Maldives

The Maldives declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, as the Indian Ocean island nation's political upheaval intensified following a suspected assassination attempt on the president. Citing a threat to national security, th

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New 500-bed hospital to be built in Al Khor

A new 500-bed hospital and an emergency centre is set to be built in Al Khor, Qatar at a cost of QR3.6 billion ($1 billion), according to a report.   The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) will be handling the prop

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Austria to end emergency steps on refugees

Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday and move step by step "towards normality". Austria had suspe

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Without Saudi support, talk of Opec emergency meeting is just noise

Once upon a time, talk of an emergency Opec meeting would have rippled through oil markets, likely triggering at least a brief rally in prices.   The last extraordinary meeting to discuss a price slump, in 2008,

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