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More than 3,000 pregnant Colombian women have zika

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmit the virus Credit: PA

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the zika virus, the country's president said.

The mosquito-borne disease is continuing its rapid spread across the Americas.

The virus has been linked to the microcephaly in babies, which prevents fetus' brains from developing properly.

There is no vaccine or treatment.

There are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Colombia, Santos said.

There are 25,645 people infected with the disease in Colombia, Santos said during a TV broadcast with health officials, among them 3,177 pregnant women.

Five skiers killed after Austrian avalanche buries 17

A skier in the Tyrol region of Austria Credit: Reuters

Five people have been killed in an avalanche that buried a group of 17 Czech skiers in Austria, police have said.

The major snowslip hit the group shortly after noon in the Tyrol region in western Austria.

It was not immediately clear how many people were still missing. Search and rescue operations are still underway on Saturday afternoon.

Police had said earlier that some people were injured, others unharmed.

The entire skiing region had been on a level three avalanche alert, which warns of a 'considerable' risk of snowslips.

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Somali plane blast was a deliberate bombing attack

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

An explosion which blasted a hole in the side of a Somali plane was caused by a bomb deliberately planted in the aircraft, the country's minister for transport has confirmed.

"We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded," Ali Ahmed Jamac told a news conference on Saturday.

"It was meant to kill all aboard."

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing inMogadishu after the explosion on Tuesday.

One elderly man, who is suspected of being the bomber, was sucked out of the side of the plane and died. Two other passenger suffered minor injuries.

Officials have not yet confirmed a motive for the bombing, though it is thought that it may have been the work of Islamist al Shabaab militants.

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