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Uruguay hosts NCDs global conference organized by WHO and PAHO

World leaders agree that NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, represent one of the major health challenges Uruguay will be hosting form 18 to 20 October the global conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) which is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Office of the President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez, and the Ministry of Health of Uruguay. The purpose of the conference in Montevideo is how to enhance policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030.

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Massive starvation of Adelie penguin chicks; allegedly extensive ice late in summer to blame

The discovery of the penguin chick deaths has prompted renewed calls for more marine protected areas in Antarctic waters. Thousands of Adelie penguin chicks died in Antarctica early this year, in an event now prompting conservationists to call for the urgent protection of east Antarctic waters. Scientists studying a colony of more than 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in the French Antarctic territory, Adelie Land, discovered only two chicks had survived at the start of 2017. The rest of the chicks had starved.

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Madrid open to dialogue but Catalonia must first reject independence: clock ticking on countdown

“The answer must be without any ambiguity. Puigdemont must say Yes’ or No,” Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told Spanish radio. The Spanish government will seize control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont gives an ambiguous reply to Madrid’s question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister warned Saturday.

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Cannabis as medicine: more research is needed says World Medical Association

Cannabis has been linked to some serious adverse health effects: increased risk of psychosis, fatal road accidents, dependency, as well as harm to verbal learning, memory and attention Legislation to allow the recreational use of cannabis has been strongly opposed on health grounds by the World Medical Association. But in a policy statement this week, the Association says that laws governing research grade cannabis should be reviewed to allow more scientific research on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

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Maduro declares victory in 17 of 23 states; opposition demands a recount of votes

The official turnout was 61.14%. Maduro said his government had scored an “emphatic victory” over its rivals. “The opposition has five,” Maduro underscored President Nicolas Maduro’s government won a landslide victory in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela, according to official results that the opposition said were “suspicious” and rejected results. Maduro’s party on Sunday apparently won governorships of 17 of the 23 states with the opposition Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) coalition taking only five, according to the results announced by the National Elections Council.

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St Helena opens to the world with first commercial air link to South Africa

St Helena and South African flags to receive passengers and special guests in the first commercial flight at St Helena airport Saturday 14 October marked an exciting new chapter in St Helena’s history when the first ever commercial flight from South Africa touched down at St Helena Airport at 1.59pm.

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IMF: Latin America must crack down on corruption and improve governance

High levels of corruption appear to divide the emerging economies of the region from advanced economies which benefit from better rule of law, IMF suggested Latin American and Caribbean governments need to crack down on corruption in order to make their economies more durable and the benefits of growth more widespread, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

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Catalonia's leader under mounting pressure from separatist allies and Madrid

Madrid has given Puigdemont (photo) a Monday deadline to make clear whether he has already declared independence or fall in line with Spain’s laws by October 19. Catalonia’s leader faced mounting pressure on Friday from all sides, with hardliners in the separatist movement demanding he declare independence from Spain once and for all. Spain’s government and the European Union, on the other hand, want him to abandon the secession plans altogether.

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