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Venezuela Declares Another Emergency: It Has Run Out of Food

Venezuela’s opposition legislature has declared a “nutritional emergency,” proclaiming that the country simply does not have enough food to feed its population. The move comes after years of socialist rationing and shortages that forced millions to wait on lines lasting as long as six hours for a pint of milk, a bag of flour, or carton of cooking oil.

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Zika Begins to Hit Brazil’s Tourism Industry, Months Before Olympics

Brazil’s tourism industry is already suffering from the international alarm over the Zika virus outbreak that has infected 1.5 million people, with tour operators and hotel bookers experiencing an increase in the number of cancellations, particularly on the part of pregnant women who were planning to travel.

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Nigeria Arrests Soldiers Supplying Arms to Boko Haram

The government of Nigeria may have declared the war won against Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram, but new evidence has surfaced that they not only remain active, but have deep ties within the Nigerian military. Officials arrested two soldiers this week for having provided government-issued weapons to the jihadist terror group.

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Report: North Korea Executes Army Chief of Staff for ‘Corruption’

The South Korean news agency Yonhap is reporting that North Korea has executed the nation’s army chief of General Staff, reportedly on charges of corruption. This disruption in Pyongyang’s leadership follows a string of belligerent acts on the part of the communist regime, most recently the use of a long-range rocket to launch an alleged satellite into orbit.

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Traveler to Venezuela Brings First Case of Zika to China

China has confirmed its first case of Zika, a 34-year-old man who traveled to Venezuela. Authorities are particularly concerned that the man stopped in Hong Kong before reaching his final destination, home to a mosquito species potentially capable of carrying the virus.

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Argentina Stocks Up on Mosquito-Eating Frogs to Fight Zika

Facing significant shortages of imported insect repellants in light of Latin America’s Zika pandemic, Argentines are turning to an online market selling mosquito-eating frogs and toads to protect their homes from Aedes aegypti, the carrier of Zika, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya.

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Doctors: Brazilian Men Abandoning Pregnant Women over Zika

Doctors in Brazil say they are shocked by what they perceive as a surge in the number of women raising children with microcephaly alone, after their male partners leave them, blaming the woman for their child’s disorder. The number of microcephaly cases in Brazil has increased significantly since the current outbreak of the Zika virus began.

Republican presidential candidate  Ben Carson participates in the Republican Presidential Candidates debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. 
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Ben Carson: Zika Pandemic in Brazil ‘Obviously a Big Deal’

At Saturday’s Republican presidential primary debate, Dr. Ben Carson asserted he would be open to quarantining individuals returning from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics if they exhibited symptoms of having contracted the Zika virus, calling Latin America’s Zika outbreak “obviously a big deal.”

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As Obama Courts Castro Regime, Cuban Adjustment Act Needed More than Ever

More than a year after President Obama announced a concessions package to the rogue Raúl Castro regime in Havana, the usual cabal of left-wing voices have united against political asylum for Cuban refugees. Unlike in the past half-century, however, they have ensnared some conservatives, who now believe that the problem lies in Cuban refugees seeking freedom.

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PHOTOS: Brazilians Disguised as Zika Mosquitoes Storm Opening Day of Carnival

As Brazil struggles to contain the Zika virus in what has now become a pandemic, the nation officially begins its annual Carnival. Despite experts deeming the scantily clad nationwide block party an “explosive cocktail” for a mosquito-borne illness, thousands are expected to flood the streets of the nation’s biggest cities and have a good time.