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Kerry: Syria ceasefire still being discussed

Syria peace talks are continuing, according to John Kerry Credit: REUTERS/Nicholas Kamm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that discussions for a Syria ceasefire are underway but whether or not a resolution can be found may not be clear for a few days.

Speaking on the same day that it was revealed some 15,000 Syrians has gathered at the Turkish border in an effort to flee fresh violence in Aleppo, Kerry said it would soon become clear if Russia were serious about agreeing to a ceasefire.

He said: "The modalities of a ceasefire itself are also being discussed and the Russians have made some constructive ideas about how a ceasefire in fact could be implemented.

"But if it's just talks for the sake of talks in order to continue the bombing, nobody is going to accept that, and we will know that in the course of the next days."

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UN rules in Assange's favour but arrest warrant remains

Emerging onto the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy this evening, Julian Assange was holding a copy of the UN tribunal ruling in his favour.

But he still cannot step foot outside the building without being arrested as a warrant remains in place.

Assange's supporters say Britain, Sweden and the USA are complicit in a strategy to ultimately send the Wikileaks founder to America to face investigations for leaking embarrassing State secrets.

ITV News Correspondent, Paul Davies reports:

Three Zika patients die in Colombia from nerve disorder

Three people have died in Colombia after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder, AFP reports citing an official.

Martha Lucia Ospina, head of the National Health Institute, said that the deaths were preceded by Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system.

"We have confirmed and attributed three deaths to Zika," she said. "In this case, the three deaths were preceded by Guillain-Barre syndrome."

Puerto Rico declares public health emergency due to Zika

A health worker prepares insecticide before fumigating a neighborhood in San Juan. Credit: Reuters

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padill declared a public health emergency after 22 cases of Zika have been confirmed on the Caribbean island.

Among the confirmed Zika cases are a pregnant woman and a man who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nerves.

Puerto Rico reported its first case of the mosquito-borne virus in December.

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