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Panama closes border to stem migrant flow

PANAMA CITY — Panama will close key crossings on its border with Colombia to prevent undocumented migrants from Cuba and Africa entering the country, President Juan Carlos Varela said on Monday.

Sudan food crisis may double to 5.3 million

GENEVA — Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year’s lean season, the U.N. World Food Program said Monday, nearly double the number in the first three months of the year.

Brazil’s lower house annuls Rousseff impeachment

BRASILIA — The acting speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress annulled the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff in a stunning decision on Monday, calling for a new vote on the matter in the chamber.

Greece passes painful fiscal reforms, heeding EU

ATHENS — Greek lawmakers passed unpopular pension and tax reforms on Monday that a European official said marked a major advance in negotiations towards unlocking more rescue funds from the country’s creditors.

Austrian chancellor Faymann quits after party revolt

VIENNA — Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned Monday, bowing to a revolt from inside his Social Democratic Party after it suffered humiliating electoral defeat to a far right buoyed by Europe’s migration crisis.

Cuba scrambles to keep pace with U.S.-fueled tourism boom

HAVANA — The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba has nearly doubled this year, its tourism minister said on Wednesday, as the island races to build hotels and expand Havana airport to keep up with booming demand.

Raging wildfire bears down on Canadian city as 88,000 flee

ANZAC, Alberta — A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday.

Rebel rockets kill 19 in Aleppo, hit hospital

BEIRUT — Rebels bombarded government-held areas of Aleppo with rockets on Tuesday, killing 19 people and hitting a hospital, while also launching a ground assault on army-held positions of the divided city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Nepal, northern India battle worst forest fires in years

NEW DELHI — Nepal and parts of northern India are battling their worst forest fires in years that have devastated thousands of hectares of woodland, killed at least 18 people and sent a pall of smoke across the southern Himalayas that can been seen from space.

Greenpeace publishes secret U.S-EU trade deal documents

BERLIN — A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks.

Rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building

NAIROBI — Rescue workers raced on Saturday to save more residents from the rubble of a six-story building in Nairobi after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain. At least 12 people were confirmed dead.

U.S. says Syrian government solely behind Aleppo hospital strike

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Indications are that Syria’s government was solely responsible for an air strike on a hospital in Aleppo, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, urging Russia to use its influence to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the attacks.
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China’s economic divide shows Li’s ‘hope and challenge’

While the headline numbers from China have pointed to an overall stabilization in the economy this year, and possibly even a pick up in the past couple of months, fresh provincial data shows a splintering growth path that complicates the policy outlook.

Similar to humans, baboons with tough childhoods die earlier

People who experienced trauma during childhood —abuse, neglect or divorce, for example — are more likely to be less healthy adults who die at earlier ages. Several studies have found that. But it has been difficult for scientists to determine whether early adversity leads to those health problems and premature deaths, or whether they’re attributable to other things more common among adults who had tough childhoods, such as a lack of access to medical care or drug use.