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Zika Mystery Deepens With Evidence of Nerve Cell Infections

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, April 6  – Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in

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Israel Backs Out of Spat with Brazil Over Settler Named as Envoy

JERUSALEM, March 28 – Israel reassigned its pick for ambassador to Brazil to a U.S. posting on Monday, backing off in a spat with Brasilia over the nominee’s links to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Brazil’s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years, had balked at accepting the appointment as

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Obama Calls for Rapid Zika Research as Virus Seen Spreading

By Julie Steenhuysen and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, Jan 27 – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and could spread to the United States in warmer months. U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts

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Zika Virus Scare Spreads as Brazil Gears Up for Carnival, Olympics

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 18 – Olympic and tourism officials in Brazil downplayed risks for foreign visitors from the mosquito-borne Zika virus on Monday, even as the health ministry warned pregnant women to consult doctors before visiting the country amid a widening scare. Alarm over the virus, linked to a rising number

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Israel Presses Brazil to Accept Pro-Settler Envoy

By Dan Williams and Anthony Boadle JERUSALEM/BRASILIA, Dec 28 – Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to concerns in the Israeli government that the clash could encourage pro-Palestinian activism against it. The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a

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