More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.
The nationwide offensive is part of President Dilma Rousseff's declared war on the virus that has quickly spread across the Americas and that many health officials believe is linked to severe birth defects.Read more
The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.
WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the United Nations health agency's response is "proceeding very quickly" and 15 companies or groups have been identified as possible participants in the hunt for vaccines.Read more
North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war."Read more
The number of Haitians who face severe food insecurity has doubled in the last six months as a result of three consecutive years of drought worsened by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, the United Nations World Food Program said this week.Read more
South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.Read more