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Morning After Pills Affects Eyesight

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More than half of teens use the morning-after pill indiscriminately. The habit can increase the risk of glaucoma and other serious eye diseases, an expert warns. How many girls aged fifteen to nineteen years of age use this pill without realizing the dangers? Studies point towards a shocking trend among this age group. Brazilian girls 15-19 years old may not... 

We don’t need permission to trade with Russia – Ecuador

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Ecuador doesn’t need anybody’s permission to export agricultural products to Russia, which now has a big gap that needs to be filled after it banned supplies from a number of western countries, said President Rafael Correa. “I want to immediately say that we don’t need to get anybody’s permission to sell products to friendly countries: as far as we... 

US company may face terrorism charges in Argentina

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The government of Argentina is ready to use an anti-terrorism law to seek criminal charges against a US-based international printing company, which unexpectedly closed its plant on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Workers of RR Donnelley in the Argentinian capital came to work on Monday to be informed of the plant’s closure due to an “insurmountable crisis,”... 

Chikungunya: New disease hits the Americas

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Chikingunya, meaning “writhing around in pain”, has hit the American continent for the first time, with 1,200 cases reported in El Salvador and 57 imported cases in the United States of America. This viral disease, carried by the mosquito, was found in the Americas for the first time last December. There is one new case every two minutes in some... 

Argentina placed into ‘default’ rating as debt deal deadline expires

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Argentina’s credit rating was downgraded to “selective default” by Standard & Poor’s as the South American country missed Wednesday’s deadline for a grace period during ongoing negotiations with holdout debt holders. Wednesday is the cutoff for Argentina to make good on a $539 million payment to bondholders, which was placed on hold by US judge... 

Bolivia declares Israel a “terrorist state” and revokes travel visas

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An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155mm shell towards the Gaza Strip from a position near the border on July 30, 2014. Bolivia has declared Israel a “terrorist state” and revoked a visa exemption agreement with Tel Aviv in protest at the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. The move “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a... 

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup after victory over Argentina

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Germany has claimed a fourth World Cup crown in a 1-0 win against Argentina after extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze was the hero, as he scored the only goal with seven minutes to go. With that triumph Germany has become the first European nation to win the trophy outside of their home continent, which led to jubilant scenes... 

Russia writes off 90% of Cuba’s debt

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Russia has written down $32 billion of Cuba’s Soviet era debt. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law ahead of his official visit to Latin America, with Havana as his first stop. The agreement was first signed in October 2013 and draws a line under a twenty-year dispute. Cuba is now required to pay back $3.2 billion over the next 10 years. The first... 

Brazil’s six minutes of nightmare

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The humiliating defeat of Brazil in the World Cup against Germany – 7:1 – was dubbed “historic” and significantly downgraded the rating of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s as a candidacy for second presidential mandate. After the match, riots sparked throughout the country; football fans were clashing with police and looting... 

Bridge collapses in Brazil, at least 2 dead

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At least two people were killed and several others injured as an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, according to the local fire department. A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction, fell onto a busy highway. People may be trapped under the debris. O’Globo’s... 

Flooding displaces 50,000 in Brazil

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A man and a woman struggle to cross a flooded road in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, June 29, 2014. An emergency agency in Brazil says severe flooding caused by torrential rain in the southern parts of the country has forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes. The emergency agency for Santa Catarina State said 40,000 people had been evacuated,... 

Mass grave with 28 bodies found in Mexico

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A view of a ranch in the Mexican state of Veracruz on June 18, 2014, where the bodies of at least 28 people have been exhumed from a mass grave. The bodies of at least 28 people have been found in a mass grave at a ranch in the Mexican state of Veracruz. “So far, we’ve exhumed 28 bodies,” Deputy District Attorney Arturo Herrera said in a Wednesday... 

Indian scientist awarded for best disease-resistant non-GMO crop

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An Indian scientist living in Mexico has received the World Food Prize for outstanding contribution to wheat crop’s resistance to various diseases. Indian-born Sanjaya Rajaram was awarded with the accolade for his effective cross-breeding of different wheat, which has resulted in the crop’s resistance against disease as well as its ability to grow in different... 

Japanese fans clean up Brazil stadiums after team’s matches

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The football showdown between Japan and Greece ended in a scoreless draw, but the Japanese fans scored top points from the clean-up crew after leaving the stands of the stadium and its bathroom unblemished. It turns out that Japanese football fans have a tradition of cleaning up the stadium after matches at home, a practice which the fans vigorously undertake... 

World’s largest radiotelescope completed in Chile

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Radiotelescope antennas of the ALMA ( Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) project, in the Chajnantor plateau, Atacama desert, some 1500 kilometers north of Santiago, on October 1, 2011. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s largest radiotelescope, located in the mountains of northern Chile, has received its finishing touches. The... 
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