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Brazil chemical fire containing chloric acid extinguished after two days

Brazil chemical fireA chemical fire that began after an explosion in Brazil's Port of Santos was extinguished on Saturday after two days as nearly 200 people were hospitalized with difficulty breathing.

The Santos fire that began at a cargo warehouse spread toxic gas over the port, which is Brazil's largest, and across four cities. The container terminal at the port was operated by the Localfrio logistics company based in the Guaruja municipality on the eastern side of Santos in São Paulo state.


Americans on flight out of Iran

Americans on flight out of IranThe Americans imprisoned in Iran, including a Washington Post reporter held for nearly 18 months, boarded a plane Sunday to begin their journey back to the United States and awaiting families and friends.

A charter flight with the Americans on board left Tehran for Switzerland Sunday.

The men were among five Americans released after a dramatic prisoner swap between the two countries, which came just as international sanctions were lifted on Iran Saturday. as part of an international nuclear deal.


Hunger-striking Palestinian reporter's appeal rejected

Hunger strikin Palestinian journalistAn Israeli military court has rejected an appeal to end the detention of a Palestinian journalist who is in critical condition because of an ongoing hunger strike, which has spanned 54 days so far.

Thrown out by an Israeli military court on Saturday, the appeal called for Israel to end 33-year-old Muhammad al-Qeq's administrative detention. Qeq launched his hunger strike on November 24 and vowed to continue until he is released.


Why The U.S. Government Is Advising Pregnant Women Not To Travel To Latin America

Pregnancy danger in Latin AmericaPregnant women should postpone travel to over a dozen Latin American and Caribbean countries — and Puerto Rico — according to federal health officials fearing elevated risk of serious birth defects.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a “Level-2” travel alert in 14 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere due to the startling spread of the Zika virus. Pregnant women, or women considering becoming pregnant, should exercise “enhanced precautions” when traveling to places where virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Dozens killed by Islamic State in 'massacre' in Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

Dozens killed by IsisAn attack by Islamic State on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor has left at least 85 civilians and 50 government troops dead, a monitoring group said, with state media denouncing a “massacre”.

Syria’s state news agency Sana, quoting residents, said as many as “300 civilians” were killed in the onslaught. If confirmed it would be one of the highest tolls for a single day in Syria’s nearly five-year war.


Iran nuclear deal: International sanctions lifted

Iran sanctions removedInternational sanctions on Iran have been lifted after its compliance with obligations under its nuclear agreement with world powers was certified.

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, announced the lifting of sanctions in accordance with the deal "as Iran has fulfilled its commitment".

The international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, said its inspectors had verified that Iran had taken the required steps.


Washington Post reporter and three other prisoners freed by Iran

Jason Rezaian freed by IranIran has released four prisoners with dual Iranian-U.S. nationality, the Tehran public prosecutor was quoted as saying on Saturday, without giving further details.

'In line with orders from the Supreme National Security Council and in the national interest, four Iranian dual national prisoners have been released in a prisoner swap,' Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.


Burkina troops retake hotel after Islamist attack kills dozens

Burkina Faso attackSecurity forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday from al Qaeda fighters who seized it in an assault that killed two dozen people from at least 18 countries and marked a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa.

Until Friday's attacks the landlocked nation, an ally of Western governments against jihadist groups in the arid reaches of the southern Sahara, had largely been spared the kinds of attacks that have plagued its neighbors.


Taiwan opposition wins presidency, China warns against independence move

Taiwan PresidentTaiwan's independence-leaning opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen won a convincing victory in presidential elections on Saturday and pledged to maintain peace with giant neighbor China, which warned it would oppose any move towards independence.

Tsai, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will be thrust into one of Asia's toughest and most dangerous jobs, with China pointing hundreds of missiles at the island it claims, decades after losing Nationalists fled from Mao Zedong's Communists to Taiwan in the Chinese civil war in 1949.


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