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pandemics
The World Bank on Saturday said it was launching a $500 million, fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries, creating the world’s first insurance market for pandemic risk. Japan has committed the first $50 million towards the facility, which will combine funding from reinsurance markets with the proceeds of a new type...
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uber rape
A driver for ride-hailing app Uber was detained in Mexico City after a female passenger accused him of raping her, a spokeswoman from the city’s prosecutor’s office said on Friday. The passenger said she was raped earlier in May after being picked up by the Uber driver in the upmarket Condesa neighborhood, said the spokeswoman,...
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Patricia Espinosa
Former Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa has been nominated to be the new U.N. climate chief, helping to bolster a 2015 Paris Agreement to shift the world economy from fossil fuels, officials said on Tuesday. Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican who is stepping down in July after a six-year term as head of the U.N....
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ecuador aid
Ecuador’s ambassador in Mexico, Leonardo Arízaga, said Mexican rescuers have helped save 12 lives after the earthquake last Saturday in the nation, and it is estimated that the cost of reconstruction will of at least $3-billion dollars. At a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), he expressed appreciation to the people and...
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guadalajara vacation
During the Easter break we took a trip to Guadalajara. I had been hearing about this city ever since we moved to Puerto Vallarta and I was pretty excited to visit it. In this and my next article I will share my trip with you. Getting there was our first adventure. After viewing the cost...
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zika virus
Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The statement represented the U.N. health agency’s strongest language to date on the connection between the mosquito-borne virus...
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Access to potentially life-saving contraception and abortion can be a lottery for women and girls in Latin America, often depending on their ability to pay or the personal and religious views of a health worker, Amnesty International said on Monday. In a new report, the rights group looked at sexual and reproductive healthcare in eight...
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The number of countries and territories in the Americas reporting cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus rose to 22 on Tuesday, more than double the number a month ago, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). An outbreak of the virus is affecting large parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and is likely...
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zika mexico
U.S. health officials on Friday issued a travel warning for 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America where infection with Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in particular cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as Zika has been linked...
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Uber’s drivers will need permits to work in Mexico City and the company will have to pay into a transport fund, according to a draft government plan seen by Reuters, in what would be the first such regulation for the ride-hailing app in Latin America. The proposed regulation bans Uber and companies like it from...
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  Transcript GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight, Americans have long crossed the border with Mexico in search of cheaper medical procedures, dental work and prescription drugs. Now a new trend is afoot: finding a place to live out retirement years. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery has the story, part of our occasional series about long-term care. KATHLEEN...
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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican federal forces have arrested the son of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel’s leader, an official said Tuesday, dealing a blow to a gang that has violently defied authorities. It is the second time that authorities arrest Ruben Oseguera, the son of Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, as he was released...
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Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc is open to being regulated in Mexico City, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday, as the rapidly growing start-up seeks to cement its expansion in one of the largest cities in the Americas. Uber entered Mexico City in 2013, and says it has grown to around 300,000 users. But just...
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From charming the Chilean president to making a little girl smile during a visit to a Brazilian orphanage, Prince Harry’s tour of Brazil and Chile in June was an unqualified success. Now Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are to embark on a Latin American tour of their own, only this time, to Mexico...
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Vallarta-Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific coast is poised to become the country’s hottest new vacation destination. Vallarta-Nayarit attracts a diverse cross-section of travelers – from well-heeled superstars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to easygoing backpackers carrying a surfboard under their arm. Best of all, development is being carried out at a sustainable pace, ensuring the...
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