New study says another type of mosquito may carry zika

  Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report. The main carrier of Zika is the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in Brazil. The study was published online on April 13 in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This doesn’t prove that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit Zika to people. But it does emphasise the need for further research into other possible carriers…

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Syria: ‘At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing

  At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 109 evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers. Many more were injured in the attack, the group said. The explosion shattered buses and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies, as the convoy waited in rebel…

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EPL: Reds squeeze past poor Baggies

  Roberto Firmino scored a winner for the second weekend running as Liverpool beat West Brom to go third in the Premier League. The Brazil striker headed in at the end of the first half after Lucas Leiva had glanced on James Milner’s free-kick. Milner volleyed over Liverpool’s clearest second-half chance, as they secured a fifth win in seven games. They needed Simon Mignolet to make a late save with his legs as Matt Phillips burst through to shoot, reports the BBC.

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Constituency projects not drain pipes – Saraki

  Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, says contrary to criticism, constituency projects allocated to federal lawmakers are not avenues for siphoning public funds. Indeed, Saraki,  while speaking in Ilorin, Kwara State, soon after he was turbaned  as Baba Adini  of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, insisted that provision  should be made for constituency projects for execution by lawmakers across the country because it would allow them to impact on the lives of their constituents. The Senate President, who also inspected the sites of his ongoing constituency projects across the…

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Pope condemns ‘vile’ Syria attack

  Pope Francis has used his Easter address to condemn Saturday’s deadly attack on a bus convoy in Syria. The Pope delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and the World”) message to thousands of pilgrims who gathered in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis said the bombing, which killed more than 100 people near the city of Aleppo, was “the latest vile attack on fleeing refugees”. He also spoke against “old and new” forms of slavery and discrimination. “May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are…

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Akure monarch kidnapped

  A traditional ruler, Oba Joel Daodu was at the weekend abducted by suspected kidnappers along Owo/Ikare road in Ondo North senatorial district of Ondo State. Oba Daodu, the Olu of Itaoniyan in Akure South Local Government Area of the state was on his way from Oba-Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state when he ran into the hands of the suspected kidnappers. The Owo/Ikare and Akure/Owo routes have been notorious for the kidnapping and armed robbery incidences in the recent past. The former Regent of Akungba,…

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