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World 20 Sep 2016 | 3:37 AM

First Miami zone of local Zika spread now ‘clear’

MIAMI: Health authorities Monday lifted a travel warning for the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood -- site of the United States’ first local Zika outbreak -- after the governor declared no evidence of active transmission of the virus there in the last 45 days.

AseanPlus News 20 Sep 2016 | 5:44 AM

Captain of doomed Thai pilgrim boat had‘expired licence’

Bangkok, Sept 20, 2016 (AFP) - The captain of a boat that sunk on a swollen river in central Thailand did not have a valid licence, an official said Tuesday, as the death toll rose to twenty-six including several children.

Economy 20 Sep 2016 | 5:46 AM

US Fed again poised to cut longer-run interest rate forecast

SAN FRANCISCO: US Federal Reserve policymakers are set this week to again cut their forecasts for how high interest rates will need to go in an economy where output, productivity and inflation are growing at a slower pace than in past decades.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 9:36 AM

Iran's president meets Castros in Cuba to reaffirm friendship

HAVANA (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani met with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Monday in Havana to reaffirm friendly ties between the two countries and express a commitment to deepening their collaboration, Cuban state media reported.

Nation 20 Sep 2016 | 10:35 AM

Malaysian health innovator to address UN on Zika mobile application

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian public health practitioner and epidemiologist Dr Dhesi Baha Raja will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday after he was selected to present his Zika-predicting mobile application to world leaders and policymakers.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 2:16 PM

Kyrgyz president may return to work in October after medical check - office

BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who is being examined by doctors for potential heart problems, may return to work after Oct. 1, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 4:25 PM

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 "haze" deaths

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Harvard and Columbia university research showing smoke from land fires in Southeast Asia led to more than 100,000 premature deaths last year "makes no sense at all," an official at Indonesia's Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 5:29 PM

Syrian volunteer killed in strike, toll may be lower than feared - Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least one Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid worker was killed in an air strike on an aid convoy near Aleppo, along with civilians, but the overall toll may be lower than feared, the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 8:59 PM

South Africa's Tutu responding well to treatment -family

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid activist and veteran cleric, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was responding well to a new course of antibiotics, his daughter said on Tuesday, following social media reports her father had died.

World 20 Sep 2016 | 9:09 PM

Palestinian assailant with knife shot dead in West Bank - Israeli army

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead on Tuesday and an Israeli aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas, the army said, as violence surges in the run-up to next month's Jewish new year holiday.