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UN: Uphold abortion right amid Zika scare

The top UN human rights official called on Friday for countries with the Zika virus to make available sexual and reproductive health counselling to women and uphold their right to terminate pregnancie

WHO says time for Europe to prepare Zika defences

 Solange Ferreira holds Jose Wesley outside their house in Bonito, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (Photo: AP)

Every European country in which Aedes mosquitos are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease.

Syrian government says peace talks still in preparatory phase

The biggest push to date to end Syria’s tangled war was thrown into fresh disarray on Tuesday as the government denied formal peace negotiations had begun and the opposition cancelled a meeting with t

Age-wise ratings for films with tobacco scenes?

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The WHO has asked all countries, including India, to introduce age-classified ratings for films and other entertainment programmes with tobacco imagery to restrict the number of new adolescent smokers

WHO mulls calling health emergency over Zika outbreak

Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus. (Photo: AP)

Taking the form of a telephone conference, the meeting is not expected to make its decision public until Tuesday at the earliest

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

Dejailson Arruda holds his daughter Luiza, who was born with microcephaly after her mother was infected with the Zika virus- AP

The last such public health emergency was declared for devastating 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Paper and pencil to generate electricity


A small device made from household materials such as paper, pencil and a teflon tape can generate enough electricity to operate a remote control.

Main Syria Opposition goes to Geneva for thorny peace talks

Representatives of Syria’s largest mainstream Opposition umbrella group were set to arrive in Geneva on Saturday evening, allaying fears they would boycott UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the countr

WHO ‘extremely alarmed’ by Zika

The World Health Organisation expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday.

Though the victory march of the Bharatiya Janata Party that began in 2014 was brought to a halt in 2015 with major setbacks in the Delhi and Bihar Assembly elections, there seems to be a reversal of t

The film Airlift is a commercial success. I was bewildered by its repeated attempts to suppress what is true and suggest what is false.