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Leopard captured from Bengaluru school escapes from Bannerghatta Biological Park

The eight-year-old leopard attacked a scientist, a forestry employee and four others as they struggled to catch it at the school in Bangalore on February 7. "The leopard was under treatment". Some park officials are speculating that the mesh between the holding house where the leopard was housed and the one to its left would not have been closed properly.

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Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer Unworried by Zika Virus at Rio Open

Through its 13 Brazilian Tourism Offices, it has been monitoring cases of cancellations or delays to trips to Brazil. While it causes only mild flu-like symptoms in most people, scientists suspect when it strikes a pregnant woman, it can cause her baby to be born with microcephaly , or an abnormally small head.

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Adam Johnson 'Met Girl For Kiss And More'

The 28-year-old English footballer met the teenager for a "thank you kiss" after he signed two of the girl's football shirts. The girl said: "I was well up for it. The prosecutor said that the player told arresting officers: "Is this (the girl's name)?" She said this activity also happened during the pair's second meeting in his vehicle, on January 30 past year.

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Troops deployed in Brazil to warn about Zika virus risks

Brazil has initiated a campaign to fight the virus called "Zika Zero" which aims at curbing the spread of the virus. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. So far, over 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly in newborns were registered in Brazil. There is deep concern for pregnant women because Zika virus may linked to a rare, but potentially devastating birth defects.

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Hillary Clinton holds strong lead in SC primary

Moments later, Sanders took the stage in front of a room of well-heeled Democrats and called for a more inclusive party not controlled by wealthy donors. Sen. Bernie Sanders' record on gun control is found to be "very troubling" by the Congressional Black Caucus' political action committee. Both Clinton and Sanders, though differing in their tactics, tied themselves to President Barack Obama .

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2015 civilian injuries in Afghan war worst since 2009

The total of 11,002 civilian casualties marked a four percent rise over 2014, the previous record high, the report said. The report said that 103 civilians were killed and 67 were wounded by worldwide forces a year ago. Civilian deaths and injuries caused by Pro-Government Forces caused 17 per cent of civilian casualties - 14 per cent from Afghan security forces, two per cent from global military forces, and one per cent from pro-Government armed groups.

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Black Democrats question Bernie Sanders' commitment to President Obama

I talked with one student who was afraid to admit that he wanted to vote for her. I talked to another student who at first was for Clinton and then we talked for about five minutes and then she was for Sanders . Sanders , Clinton said, was insinuating that "if you take donations from Wall St you can't be independent". "I never thought my voice could make a difference".

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Oz Woman Tests Positive For Zika Virus

Researchers have identified evidence of Zika infection in 17 of these cases, either in the baby or in the mother, but have not confirmed that Zika can cause microcephaly. Meanwhile, in Australia, a second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with Zika virus, authorities said Friday. The CDC said the precaution is in place "until we know more" about the dangers of sexual transmission of the virus.

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Russia ready to discuss ceasefire in Syria, says diplomat

BEIRUT (AP) The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich , Germany. Although foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group managed to seal an agreement to "accelerate and expand" deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian communities beginning this week, their failure to agree on a cease-fire leaves the most critical step to resuming peace talks unresolved.

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Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling

Other countries, they said, would begin to doubt the emissions reduction pledges that the United States made during negotiations on the new treaty, given that the plan's reductions in carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants would play a key role.

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record high - U.N.

Fighting and attacks in populated areas and major cities were described as the "main causes" of civilian deaths in 2015, underscoring a push by Taliban militants into urban centres culminating in their brief takeover of northern provincial capital Kunduz in September and October.

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UAE, Saudi Arabia willing to deploy group troops to Syria

He says the forces might provide training and support, but the country is "not talking about thousands of troops". "We welcome this proposal by the Saudis to intensify their efforts by introducing some sort of ground elements into Syria", US State Department spokesman John Kirby said at his daily briefing.

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Ammon Bundy defiant after indictment

District Court for the District of Oregon Wednesday and unsealed Thursday . The four remaining occupants of the Malheur refuge are among the indicted: Sean Anderson, Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson, David Lee Fry and Jeff Wayne Banta. Among the four still at the refuge and refusing to surrender is David Fry, who has vowed to stand his ground. They are accused of meeting with the local sheriff in October and warning of "extreme civil unrest" if their demands were not met.

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CDC suggests travelers abstain from sex to avoid getting Zika

He suggested pregnant women avoid kissing people other than a regular partner or sharing cutlery, glasses and plates with people who have symptoms of the virus. Officials in Rockland County have confirmed their first case of the Zika virus. Also as a result of the deadly virus that could affect pregnancies, causing microcephaly , which causes an abnormally small head and brain, crucial is the debate on abortion where it remains illegal in several of the Latin American countries.

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CDC issues guidelines for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus

Pregnant women should discuss their male partner's potential exposures to mosquitoes and history of Zika-like illness with their health care provider; providers can consult CDC's guidelines for evaluation and testing of pregnant women. The ongoing outbreak of Zika infections, which has been linked to more than 4,000 suspected cases of a birth defect in Brazil, started in Brazil's Northeast and has since spread and been locally transmitted in more than 30 countries, according to the World ...

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Google posts jobs for autonomous auto

The majority of jobs in the field of manufacturing may come as a surprise to some because Google had previously said that it would partner with other automobile companies for making the cars implying that it might only work on the software side and tech behind the cars.

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Pope, Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Meet For The First Time

Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome in 1054, and today the Russian church counts some 165 million of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians. "In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated", they said in a joint declaration in apparent reference to violence by militant groups such as Islamic State.

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Zika Virus May Not Spread Through Saliva, Urine: Health Officials

The "bottom line" for the CDC is to urge women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant to avoid traveling to areas where Zika virus is circulating, he said . "People who live with pregnant women and have Zika symptoms must take extra responsibility". The organization stressed additional precautions to be taken by pregnant women .

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House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

During the call, Thomas Poy, the EPA's head of ground and drinking water for the Midwest, told his colleagues that "the state is now figuring out a communication-with-the-public plan". Susan Hedman, the former EPA Midwest chief who resigned earlier this month, was also invited. Another witness, Virginia Tech University's Marc Edwards, a professor of environmental and water engineering, told the committee that the EPA did not display the sense of urgency the situation required to address the ...

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Duggan to open Clinton's first Mich. campaign office

The first came in Iowa when, during her angry victory speech, she insisted that "I am a progressive". True as these claims may be, Bill Clinton-you know, the guy who screwed his intern-is probably not the right guy to be making them. "When it's all said and done, all that matters is whether people are better off, whether young people have a better future", he concluded. "We will do everything we can, and I think we have tried".

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US House Panel Calls Governor, EPA Chief To Testify On Flint

The hearing also heard testimony from Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water, who faced a grilling about his agency's delayed response to Flint. In this particular case, the emails suggest Snyder was informed on October 2 that lead in the water at three schools was significantly above recommended levels.

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Big wins for outsider candidates in New Hampshire

Both outcomes would have been almost unthinkable not long ago. Trump's now the clear GOP front-runner, while Sanders has become a serious threat to beat Hillary Clinton. Asked what his mistake was during the debate, Rubio said he had trouble pivoting away from "Republican-on-Republican violence" to President Barack Obama.

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Obama admin says it won't use Ebola funding to combat Zika

Now he puts forth a budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins October 1, that calls for $4.15 trillion in spending, a $223 billion increase over the current year's budget. Another group had more strongly worded criticism for Obama's budget proposal . "By placing a fee on oil, the president's plan creates a clear incentive for private-sector innovation to reduce America's reliance on oil and invest in clean energy technologies that will power our future".

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Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money _ and Obama

The rivals will meet at 9 p.m. ET in Milwaukee , Wisconsin, for the PBS NewsHour Democratic debate being simulcast on CNN. Billionaire Donald Trump, fresh from a commanding win in New Hampshire, will be tested by the state's more conservative voters.

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Bernie Sanders: I would 'absolutely' improve race relations

Pointing to remarks the senator has made on Obama's leadership abilities, Clinton said it's the kind of criticism she would expect from a Republican presidential candidate, not a Democrat looking to succeed him in the White House. She's also expected to bring the heat in tonight's debate - a skill she's honed since high school in Park Ridge, Illinois. Bernie Sanders said in criticizing Hillary Clinton for receiving advice from former Secretary of State Kissinger.

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Clinton, Sanders to debate as focus turns to minority voters

Rep. John Lewis said Thursday he never saw Sen. Speaking at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, black caucus PAC members said they'd made a decision to back Clinton over Sanders because she had a long history of addressing issues that were important to the African-American community.

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Korea shuts down joint industrial park with N. Korea

In 2010, Seoul imposed unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang, including the suspension of trade between the two Koreas, after North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean military patrol boat. The factory park, which started producing goods in 2004, has provided 616 billion won (£390 million) of cash to North Korea , South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said.

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Isis: Erdogan to U.S., choose between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

The U.S. has also provided support for the People's Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the PYD , in the fight against Daesh. Turkey considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD , which are affiliated with Turkey's own Kurdish rebels as a terrorist group.

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Americans threatening to move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes president

John Kasich a distant second with 16 per cent. Bernie Sanders won a commanding victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary , and Donald Trump also scored a big win in a triumph of two outsider candidates who have ridden a wave of voter frustration with American politics .

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Junior doctors picket Homerton Hospital

The strikes are the result of a bitter contract dispute over pay and working conditions between the government and the British Medical Association. Under a new contract proposed by the minister of health, Jeremy Hunt, trainee doctors would see many overtime payments scrapped in exchange for a slight raise in base pay.