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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
The World Health Organization has declared microcephaly and other neurological diseases possibly linked to the Zika virus to be a global public health emergency. Lisa Schlein reports on the outcome of a special meeting of experts in Geneva.
The Midwestern state of Iowa Monday begins the first U.S. political contest to pick Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. Lowa holds a series of meetings or caucuses that will be the first electoral test for the large number of candidates running. The two leading Republicans are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The top Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, are locked in a tight contest for their party's nod. This is VOA news.
A suicide bomb blast targeting a major police facility in the Afghan capital has killed at least 20 police officers and wounded 29 other people. An Afghan official said security guards first identified the bomber as he moved toward the Afghan National Civil Order Police Headquarters. When guards tried to stop him, he blew himself up. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
New members of Myanmar's parliament took a joint oath of office Monday in the capital, Naypyidaw. The ceremony is seen as the prelude to installing the country's first democratically-elected government in more than half a century. The parliament will appoint as president one of three vice-presidential nominees chosen by the two houses of parliament and the army.
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called on Turkish authorities to investigate the shooting of civilians. Dorian Jones reports.
The German city of Cologne is on alert ahead of scheduled carnival celebrations. Authorities have mobilized to prevent a repeat of the spate of sexual assaults that occurred during the city's New Year's festivities. In that incident, hundreds of women were groped and robbed by a mob of mostly North African and Arab men. The carnival begins Thursday and runs until Ash Wednesday, February 10. German authorities plan to be out in force.
Britain's fertility regulator has granted its first license for the genetic modification of human embryos. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority approved an application from a doctor at the Francis Crick Institute to renew her laboratory's research license to include gene editing of embryos. The doctor is doing research into the causes of infertility and miscarriages.
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