PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haiti delayed the start of Carnival celebrations yesterday because of fears of violence from anti-government protesters as President Michel Martelly ended his term with nobody elected to replace him.
NEW YORK/BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Experts on microcephaly, the birth defect that has sparked alarm in the current Zika virus outbreak, say they are struck by the severity of a small number of cases they have reviewed from Brazil.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s outgoing President Michel Martelly has reached an agreement with parliament to form a caretaker government when he leaves power today without an elected successor, in a step that could calm violent protests rocking the capital.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Two cases of Zika being transmitted through blood transfusions were reported in Brazil yesterday, adding to concerns over the virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is typically spread through mosquito bites.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said yesterday he will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $450 million in aid to help Colombia make good on “an incredible moment of promise” and implement a peace accord aimed at ending Latin America’s longest war.
LIMA/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Peru has become the latest commodity exporter to seek financing help from the World Bank amid fiscal and currency pressures brought on by collapsing prices for metals, oil and other raw materials.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Construction worker Roberto Miguez has been lying in a hospital bed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in Venezuela’s muggy Anzoategui state since Friday as his family desperately hunts for immunoglobulin to treat the condition.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Two former cabinet ministers under late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are seeking an investigation to trace the fate of some $300 billion allegedly embezzled during the past decade through a complex currency control system.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haiti’s opposition yesterday rejected a proposal by outgoing President Michel Martelly to form a temporary government to organize elections, after a run-off presidential vote was canceled last month amid violence and allegations of fraud.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s top health official said yesterday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the burgeoning public health crisis.
CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government is likely underestimating the number of Zika cases in Venezuela, which could hurt efforts to combat the virus-bearing mosquito, according to local doctors, opposition politicians and neighbouring Colombia.