Thailand confirms SE Asia's first Zika-linked birth defects
BANGKOK (AP) ? Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia.
WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past few weeksGENEVA (Reuters) - The fighting in Syria's besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people in the past few weeks, including 106 children, while 846 have been injured, including 261 children, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday. "We are asking for four things: stop the killing, stop attacks on health care, let the sick and wounded out and let the aid in," WHO's head of emergency risk management and humanitarian response told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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Rosetta spacecraft bound for comet tomb
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft was heading Friday for a mission-ending crash into the comet it has stalked for two years, a dramatic conclusion to a 12-year odyssey to demystify our Solar System's origins. Sent by ground controllers on a leisurely, 14-hour freefall, the space pioneer was engaged in a last-gasp spurt of science-gathering on the 19-kilometre (12-mile) journey to its icy comet tomb. The moment of impact will be 1038 GMT, give or take two minutes, the European Space Agency said after overnight measurements allowed it to narrow down the expected time of death.
Aleppo water station bombed: ObservatoryBEIRUT (Reuters) - A water station in rebel-held eastern Aleppo was destroyed by bombing on Friday, dealing a further blow to a water system already badly damaged during a week-long offensive by the Syrian army to take back the city's insurgent-held districts. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombardment was conducted by government forces that had been fighting rebels in the Suleiman al-Halabi area. A Syrian military source, however, said rebels had blown it up as they sensed they may face defeat in that area. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones)
US rapper Gibbs tried in Austria for alleged sexual abuse
US rapper Freddie Gibbs went on trial in Austria on Friday accused of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year. Gibbs, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, 34, was extradited in late July from France where police arrested him on a European arrest warrant before a gig in the southwestern city of Toulouse. According to the charge sheet reported by local media Gibbs took the 17-year-old and a 16-year-old friend back to his hotel after a concert in Vienna on July 5, 2015.
Breakdown of U.S.-Russia talks would set back Syria aid: U.N.The collapse of U.S.-Russian peace efforts in Syria would be a setback for United Nations aid operations, Stephen O'Brien, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator, told Reuters on Friday. Asked about remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that it was close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, O'Brien said: "Any breakdown is going to set us back." He said he hoped major powers on the Security Council would find "common will" to end the carnage and restore a cessation of hostilities, and at a minimum a 48-hour weekly humanitarian pause was needed to reach eastern Aleppo on "U.N. terms". O'Brien said he expected the Syrian government to respond on Friday to the U.N. proposed plan to deliver food and other goods to 960,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria during October.
Merkel, Obama did not discuss Deutsche Bank in Thursday call: BerlinChancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama did not discuss U.S. authorities' demands for Deutsche Bank to pay a fine of up to $14 billion during a phone call on Thursday, a German spokeswoman said on Friday. "The conversation with Obama concerned Ukraine and Syria, and was not about other issues," the spokeswoman told a regular government news conference in Berlin when asked whether the U.S. demand was raised during the phone call. A Finance Ministry spokesman said: "We are making no comment whatsoever on any speculation about Deutsche Bank." The German government this week denied a newspaper report that it was working on a rescue plan for the bank whose problems are sending tremors through global markets.
Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens
PARIS (AP) ? Renault has reached a deal with Iran's government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran's market now that international sanctions have been lifted.