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UN to decide if Zika virus is a global health emergency

GENEVA The World Health Organization is convening an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

At a special meeting Thursday in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus ‚Äî which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems ‚Äî was “spreading explosively.”

UK judge: Putin probably approved plan to poison ex-spy

LONDON President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by Russia’s FSB security service to kill a former agent-turned-Kremlin critic who died after drinking tea laced with radioactive poison, a British judge said Thursday in a strongly worded report that led Moscow to accuse Britain of souring bilateral relations.