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Brazil deploys 220,000 troops to battle Zika mosquitoes

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.

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Possible Zika vaccines are months away from trials, World Health Organization says

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.

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North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

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."

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Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

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.

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Elephant rampages through east Indian town
After rocket launch, South Korea will shut down joint industrial park with North Korea

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.

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