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Hello, I am Julie Candler with the BBC news.
American health officials have warned that the spread of the impact of the Zika virus in the United States is far wider than they had anticipated. Anne Schuchat at the centers for disease control and prevention says the virus has been linked to a broader range of birth defects. Pregnant women were vulnerable to contracting the disease for longer than previously thought. “We absolutely need to be ready, everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought, and so well we absolutely hope we don't see widespread local transmit in the continental US, we need the states to be ready for that, we can't assume we are not going to have a big problem, we know with other viruses which had bigger problems than we expected, so we’re taking this very seriously.”
Brazilian congressional committee has debating whether to recommend the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff over allegations that she manipulated government accounts to hide deficit. President Rousseff has denied the allegations and argues that the accusations do not constitute an impeachable offence. A simple majority is needed to go to the next stage of voting the lower house of congress later this week. An opposition politician Vandelay Marcris said the current government was paralyzed and the impeachment was the only way forward. “We hope the impeachment is important to Brazilian society and that we can have change, and that with this change we can really begin to look to the future and to the light of the end of tunnel. Because this presidency, if it remains in power, it won't be in condition the govern(ing), that's the tragedy the administration we seen in our country today.”
The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he would personally ensure that his country passes anti-doping legislation will before the deadlines set by the world anti-doping agency next month. Mr. Kenyatta said he would not give people an excuse to ban Kenyan runners from the Rio Olympics Games in August. He said he wanted them to win, but to win fairly. World news from the BBC.
A former senior executive of world football’s governing body has pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption. The former vice president of FIFA Alfredo Harwit told the judge in the United States that he had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. The payments were linked to marketing in broadcast rights for tournaments and matches. He faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years for each count.
Pirates have attacked Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria kidnapping six of the crew. The vessel was carrying chemicals, Martin Patience is in Lagos.“ The pirates are at the ship late at night as it was travelling through the oil rich Niger delta. The Nigerian navy says the vessel's captain and the chief engineer were among those kidnapped. The ship's Turkish owner says none of the crew was injured in that attack but there have no information on the whereabouts. Nigeria’s coast areas are increasingly becoming a hot spot for piracy.”
Colombia has doubled to nearly one million dollars of reward for information leading to the capture of a criminal gang leader. President Juan Manuel Santos says security forces were hunting for Dario Antonio Usuga. He says the Usugaclan has ties with Mexico Sinaloa Cartel and it was responsible for smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine to Colombia each year. Experts predict that gang crime is likely to become Colombia's biggest security challenge as the country's long-standing conflict with leftwing rebels winds down.
Artificial Intelligence experts have warned that technology allowing a preprogrammed robot to shoot or kill with no human involvement these years rather than decades away. A report, by Human Rights Watch at Harvard Law School, calls for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, sometimes known as killer robots. They say human control should remain in charge of weapons during combat in order to save lives in comply with international law. BBC news.