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(MENAFN - AFP) Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths.

"We have confirmed and attributed three deaths to Zika," said Martha Lucia Ospina, head of the National Health Institute.

"In ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the UN urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.

In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths, Colombia's National Health Institute (INS) said the patients died after contracting ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina's new government has offered $6.5 billion to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors, the government and a US mediator said Friday, declaring a breakthrough to the impasse.

The dispute and the US court case around it has roiled global sovereign debt markets while deeply hampering Argentina's ability to access international capital to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) LinkedIn shares plunged more than 40 percent on Friday after a weak outlook from the career-focused social network fueled fears of a slowdown.

The shares dived 43.6 percent to close at $108.38, its lowest since late 2012.

LinkedIn reported a loss of $166 million for 2015, far wider than the $16 million deficit for 2014.

But investors were unsettled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British banking giant HSBC is to pay more than $600 million to US authorities for its abusive mortgage lending and foreclosure practices in the housing market, officials said Friday.

HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, will pay $470 million to settle the allegations by the US government, 49 states and the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said in a statement.

"This ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent but hiring slowed in January, fresh evidence of the US economy hitting a soft patch.

But there were enough signs of persistent strength in the Labor Department's January jobs data Friday to fend off the conclusion the global slowdown is dragging the US down with it.

The country's jobs machine ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A sharp selloff in New York led by the major tech stocks capped a day of losses on major global markets Friday.

US jobs data for last month, showing a fall in the unemployment rate to 4.9 percent and a gain in wages growth, sparked new worries that the Federal Reserve could decide to raise rates again as soon as March.

Meanwhile concerns about weak growth ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The second round of men's fashion week in New York has wrapped up on a high note after four days of shows reflecting thirst for innovation, openness and confidence in what's to come.

The nascent showcase for the latest in American menswear drew trend spotters, bloggers, buyers and other style gurus -- all in a distinctly laid back atmosphere.

There was ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.

The new interim guidelines from the US Centers from Disease Control are aimed at pregnant women and their partners, and those of childbearing age who are concerned about Zika, a primarily mosquito-borne ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids.

"The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine," Paulo Gadelha, head of the Fiocruz institute in Rio de Janeiro, told journalists.

"But that does not ...

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