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Thailand: 2 cases of microcephaly linked to Zika virus confirmed

The Zika virus strain in South America and the Caribbean is closely linked to severe birth defects in newborns whose mothers were infected. DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said the travel notice was issued for Americans to be better informed of the risk of traveling to countries that have reports of Zika virus.

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Hurricane Matthew Looms As A Category 4 Storm

Jamaicans were bracing on Saturday for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, as it approached that island as well as Haiti and Cuba, bringing winds reaching 140 miles per hour (220 kph), powerful enough to wreck homes. Some have the storm staying out to sea, while others have the path clipping portions of the southeastern Florida coast. "We hope that the hurricane does not hit us, but if it does hit us, we are trying our very best to ensure that we are in the best possible place", he said.

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Thailand confirms SE Asia's first Zika-linked birth defects

Aside from these, the first case of Zika was recorded in 2012 when a teenage boy from Cebu was diagnosed to have it even though he had no travel history in the Zika endemic countries. Thailand is not the only country in Asia to report cases of Zika. However, US travelers to endemic areas may not be immune to Zika virus and infections have occurred among travelers to Southeast Asia.

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Warnings remain as Hurricane Matthew loses puff

Matthew is a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds at 155 mph (250 kilometers per hour) and gusting to 190 mph (305 kilometers per hour). Forecasters say it's too soon to say what impact the storm might have on Florida or other parts of the East Coast. Current weather models showed it could eventually make its way to the USA mainland, forecasters said.

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Hurricane Matthew powers to Category 4 major storm

High surf has started pounding Jamaica's coast as Hurricane Matthew edges closer, and flooding temporarily closed the road linking the capital to its airport. Whether or not impacts will be indirect from a hurricane at sea or direct from a landfall in the USA are still unclear, AccuWeather said. "On the other hand, if Matthew's forward speed slows, it could still have significant impact on the Atlantic coast, but in a much smaller area, when compared to a fast-moving hurricane", he said.

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Thailand confirms south-east Asia's first Zika-linked birth defects

All the children picked up the virus while traveling overseas, and the bulk of them were older kids in their teens. Women with possible Zika virus exposure who do not live in areas of active transmission but who are thinking about becoming pregnant should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to conceive.

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Blach outpitches Kershaw, Giants hold wild-card lead, top LA

San Francisco enters Saturday one game behind the Mets for the top wild card spot, and one game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild card spot. "It's up to us", Bochy said. "We already started the playoffs right here". Puig was booed during pregame introductions, though neither manager expected any further issue. The combination of Hunter Strickland and Santiago Casilla in the 9th doesn't scare anyone and even steady Javier Lopez is posting the worst numbers of his careers.

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Pregnant women should avoid Southeast Asia due to Zika — CDC

The World Health Organisation has said that the Thai cases were the first Zika-linked microcephaly in Southeast Asia. Closely associated with Zika because of the mosquito connection, the Dengue virus can actually have more significant health implications for those infected.

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Alabama justice 'urged defiance, not compliance'

The trial ended about 2:30 p.m., Wednesday without a verdict. The court will announce its decision within 10 days . The U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2015 ruled gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry and U.S. The charges center on a January 6 administrative order to the state's 68 probate judges regarding the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Moore's attorney, Mat Staver of the law firm Liberty Counsel , did not respond to NBC News' request for comment.

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FBI director: Hackers 'poking around' voter systems

The FBI last month warned state election officials to boost their security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in at least two states, IL and Arizona. A Homeland Security Department official who is intimately involved in efforts to secure local elections but was not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that it is unlikely that the department will designate voting systems as critical infrastructure prior to the November elections.

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Duterte cites Hitler, wants to kill millions of addicts

That could make for an awkward introduction, or an interesting bargaining chip as Duterte seeks a closer relationship with Beijing-assuming Duterte sticks by his words. But World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder demanded an apology, saying: "What President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heart-breaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country".

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York Dems condemn Trump campaign ahead of Pence rally

Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineThe Trail 2016: Just a little kick Clinton camp touts 40 more GOP endorsements Kaine leaves campaign trail for VP debate prep MORE (D-Va.) is heading to Raleigh, N.C.to prepare for next week's vice presidential debate, CNN reported .

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Pakistani artists banned in India by IMPA: This is how celebrities reacted

Pakistan's theatre owners have chose to withdraw and ban screening of Indian movies until bilateral tensions between the two countries subside. This is the latest development on the cultural front of Pak-India tensions, as the two countries exchange fire across the LOC, resulting in the capture of one Indian soldier and the killing of several others.

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Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway

Thursday kicked-off early voting in Iowa with voters lining up to cast their voices ahead of the election. WASHINGTON | More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.

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Lady Gaga will perform during Super Bowl halftime show

The stars usually have around quarter of an hour to shock/impress/perform for an extravaganza medley - or to plug their new material. "It's not an illusion. A formal announcement that includes an interview with Lady Gaga will air this Sunday, Oct. 2, on FOX's NFL Sunday pregame show . Recently, the "Born This Way" singer and American Horror Story actress dropped her latest track, " Perfect Illusion ", from her album Joanne .

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Indian politicians unconvinced over surgical strike briefing

We do not have any plans for continuation of further operations. Singh said the Pakistani military had been informed of the operation against the militants. In this regard, he referred to the confession statement of serving Indian Naval Officer, Kulbushan Yadav, who had been carrying out terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.

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IPhone 8 already in the works: Apple developing hardware in Israel

Maybe Apple is ditching the small upgrades (please!). As you're probably aware, Apple has been releasing its latest smartphones yearly with a major version followed by an S version. The iPhone 8 - a name media outlets assigned to the speculated device - is reportedly in development. According to reports , the staff consistently used the term "iPhone 8" unprompted during the entire conversation.

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Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) Analytical Report

The company has a market cap of $348.70 million, a P/E ratio of 13.51 and a beta of 1.73. Its share price has dropped -20.38% in three months and is up 4.15% for the last five trades. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. Bayesian Capital Management LP bought a new stake in shares of Pier 1 Imports during the first quarter worth about $118,000.

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Social media documents New Jersey train crashing into station during rush hour

It took out support beams holding up the ceiling of the Beaux-Arts terminal, and the roof began to collapse. "We just heard people screaming in the first auto because they were trapped, they couldn't get out", a passenger who was in the second vehicle told 1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck.

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Could a President Trump reverse Obama's regulations on 'Day One'?

But her support from voters ages 18 to 35 has declined by double digits since August, raising an urgent question for Democrats: Why are millennial voters so reluctant to embrace Clinton? Everyone is talking about the first presidential debate , and the reports and polls haven't been kind to Trump .

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India to Meet WTO to Withdraw MFN status from Pakistan

On the other hand, Pakistan has not granted the MFN status to India and this issue has been raised on numerous occasion during bilateral discussion between the two countries. In 2015-16, India's exports to Pakistan stood at United States dollars 2.17 billion, while imports were USD 441 million. Pakistan is postponing grant of Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) or MFN status due to lack of consensus at home.

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Montreal bans pit bulls

According to the CBC , the dog that attacked Christiane Vadnais was originally identified as a pit bull , but police are now awaiting DNA tests to confirm the dog's breed. Among other measures, the bylaw allows existing pit bulls to remain in Montreal as long as they are registered and owners obey leash and muzzle rules.

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Ted Cruz says he will vote for Donald Trump

Glenn Beck speaks to Texas GOP Sen. And Steve Deace, a conservative radio show host in Iowa and a prominent Cruz backer, blasted Cruz on Twitter . Cruz then took a swipe at Politico , calling the story Beck referenced a "hit piece" from a "left-wing rag".

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1 dead in riot inside Philippine national penitentiary

The next time she's in prison, there is no more worry about liaisons and dalliances. "What is the sense of inviting independent probers if they are not going to be allowed freedom of movement and action, and are going to be dictated upon on the extent of their visits and sources of information?", she said.

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Philippines' Duterte to forge closer ties with China, Russia

Invoking the UN's new sustainable development goals adopted a year ago, Yasay said his country would not be able to meet those goals without tackling corruption and drugs. On Thursday, the Philippine leader hurled insults at U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union, then invited them to come to investigate his crackdown.