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Brazil's President joined by military for Zika safety drive

The nationwide campaign aims to educate the public about how to deter Zika carrying mosquitos Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Brazil's President led a nationwide campaign to educate people in how they can help in the fight against Zika today, by visiting homes and sharing tips on how to deter virus carrying mosquitoes with the public.

President Dilma Rousseff, cabinet ministers, and as many as 220,000 troops all went door to door on the so-called National Day for "Zero Zika" in a concentrated effort to raise awareness about the disease which cuurently has no vaccine or treatment.

President Dilma Rousseff personally visited homes and handed out leaflets to raise awareness of safety measures that could be taken to try to avoid Zika Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
220,000 troops took part in the awareness campaign on Saturday Credit: REUTERS/Adriano Machado
Tips on how to remove stagnant water and spray repellent were shared with the public by military forces Credit: REUTERS/Adriano Machado


Hammond 'unimpressed' with Russia's Syria response

Philip Hammond appeared to be unimpressed with Russia's response to the accusations that the country's forces have bombed civilians, rolling his eyes as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended his country's actions.

The Foreign Secretary shook his head and looked to the sky as Lavrov spoke at a security conference in Munich about how "moving closer to practical goals of truce" would not work without co-operation between military forces.


Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Somali plane blast

Officials said the bomb was intended to kill all those on board the plane. Credit: Harun Maruf

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu after the explosion last week.

The government said the blast was caused by a bomb intended to kill everyone on board. One man, suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

Al-Shabab said in a statement: "Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen carried out the airborne operation as a retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia."

More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus Credit: Reuters

More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have contracted the Zika virus, bringing the total infections to 31,555, the country's health ministry has said.

The mosquito-borne disease has been linked to the microcephaly in babies, an abnormal smallness of the head which can be due to abnormal brain development.

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