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Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia EL CARMEN DE BOLIVAR: First their hands and feet feel cold. Then they go pale and cannot move. Some convulse and fall to the floor.A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.In El Carmen de Bolivar, near the port of Cartagena, dozens of teenagers have experienced similar symptoms. Some have even lost consciousness."They vaccinated me in May and I started fainting in August. My legs became heavy and I couldn't feel my hands anymore. When I woke up, I was in the hospital," recalled 15-year-old Eva Mercado.She passed out seven times in a month.For most of the families affected in this town of 67,000, there is no doubt about what is causing the problem.They place the blame squarely on a vaccination campaign against HPV, one of the most common sexually ...

Brazilian justice blocks Eike Batista accounts RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's judiciary on Wednesday said it was blocking the bank accounts of multimillionaire businessman Eike Batista after a judge ordered his accounts frozen amid charges of stock market manipulation.Federal prosecutors had last week filed criminal charges against Batista and embarked on moves to freeze an estimated 1.5 billion reais ($635 million) of assets, including properties.Brazil's central bank blocked 117.3 million reais ($49.7 million) in accounts belonging to Batista, once Brazil's richest and ...
Venezuelan bonds slump on ratings cut, economy concerns CARACAS: Venezuelan bonds tumbled on Wednesday following a ratings downgrade by Standard & Poor's that further fuelled worries about the country's capacity to service debt amid soaring inflation and economic contraction.Investors have become increasingly concerned about the country's economy, which is widely believed to have slipped into recession this year, and worry that President Nicolas Maduro is delaying reforms needed to shore up government finances.The country's benchmark Global 27 bond fell 3.3 percent, pushing its ...
Funding woes force UN to slash rations for Syrians: official GENEVA: The United Nations will have to slash food rations to four million Syrians by 40 percent in October due to a shortage of funds, despite better access to areas in need, a senior UN aid official said on Wednesday.John Ging, director of operations at the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in an interview that the "break in the pipeline" means greater hunger as a fourth winter of the Syrian civil war ...
Rousseff dips in latest poll amid likely dead heat RIO DE JANEIRO: Latest opinion polls ahead of Brazil's presidential election next month Tuesday saw incumbent Dilma Rousseff and ecologist challenger Marina Silva still virtually neck and neck.But the former shed two percent as an Ibope poll gave her 40 percent of voter intentions while Silva remained on 43 in a likely run-off. But the contest is on course for a dead heat given a two percent margin of error.The poll showed Rousseff, 66, garnering ...
Brazil judge orders accounts frozen of ex-billionaire Batista RIO DE JANEIRO: A Rio de Janeiro judge on Tuesday ordered the bank accounts of former billionaire businessman Eike Batista frozen after authorities charged him with stock market manipulation, media reports said.Federal prosecutors last week filed criminal charges against Batista and embarked on moves to freeze an estimated 1.5 billion reais ($635 million) of assets, including properties, though the move is still pending.Saturday, the Rio de Janeiro prosecutor's office had revealed it was charging Batista ...
Venezuela faces default fears as LatAm economic woes mount CARACAS: Despite sitting atop the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela's government is facing mounting concerns about its solvency, prompting a downgrade that has added to Latin America's recent economic bad news.Venezuela owes more than $6.4 billion in debt payments in October, equal to one-third of its total declared hard currency reserves.The overall economic picture is also bleak, with Venezuelans hit by chronic shortages of basic goods, annual inflation of more than 60 percent and a ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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