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The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is a "very low risk" of Zika virus spreading globally as a result of holding the Olympics in Brazil. There is no need to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, or to postpone or cancel them, WHO experts said. The WHO reaffirmed earlier advice against imposing any travel or trade restrictions...

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It seems almost inconceivable that the world's biggest sporting event could be derailed by a tiny insect, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. However distant or unlikely that possibility is, Brazil's government is going to great lengths to persuade athletes and visitors that Rio de Janeiro will be perfectly safe come the Olympic Games opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium on...

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The largest airline in Latin America, Latam, says it is suspending its flights to Venezuela because of the worsening economic situation. The suspension came a day after Germany's Lufthansa said it would suspend its services to the country. The German company said Venezuela owed it millions in ticket revenues. Oil-rich Venezuela...

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The German airline, Lufthansa, has announced that it will suspend flights to Venezuela from 18 June due to economic difficulties in the country. The company also said currency controls in Venezuela made it impossible for airlines to convert their earnings into dollars and send the money abroad. Venezuela's economy has been hit hard by a sharp...

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On a bitterly cold afternoon, a small team of engineers moves slowly across Chile's Chajnantor plateau. Bundled up against the biting wind, they stop under one of the dozens of giant telescopic dishes scattered across the moon-like landscape. They unfold a stepladder and clamber up into the back of the dish to carry out routine maintenance. Each man carries...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has played down concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, amid calls for the Rio Olympics in August to be postponed. Senior WHO official Bruce Aylward told the BBC that risk assessment plans were in place, and reiterated that there was no need to delay the Games. The mayor of Rio said disease-carrying...

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Cuba's government has announced that it is legalising small and medium-sized private businesses. It is the latest stage of reforms begun when President Raul Castro took over from his brother, Fidel in 2008. Raul Castro has been trying to stimulate Cuba's stagnant economy but has faced resistance from Cuban Communist Party hardliners. With the restoration of relations with...

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has threatened the seizure of factories that have stopped production, and the jailing of their owners. In a speech to supporters in the capital Caracas, he said the country had to recover the means of production, to counter its deep economic crisis. On Friday, he introduced a new, nationwide state of emergency. Opposition...

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Michel Temer, a 75-year-old law professor, has taken over as Brazil's interim president, following the approval of an impeachment motion against current President Dilma Rousseff. He will run Brazil amidst some of its most turbulent and eventful times. The country is facing its worst recession and political crisis in 25 years and in August will host the Olympic Games...

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The Panama Papers affair has widened, with a huge database of documents relating to more than 200,000 offshore accounts posted online. The database became accessible from 18:00 GMT at offshoreleaks.icij.org. The Panama Papers have shown how some wealthy people use offshore firms to evade tax and avoid sanctions. The papers belonged to Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca and were...

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