Polio booster shots urged
Israel’s president is urging the country’s children to get polio boosters after a rare appearance of the virus spread to the north of the country. President Shimon Peres met with children getting vaccinations at a Jerusalem clinic on Wednesday together with the Health Minister, Yael German. German said new lab results show the “virus is migrating north and spreading.”
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12 die in capital clashes
A Red Cross official said Wednesday that at least 12 people were killed in clashes in Bangui, the capital. Paul Nassenmo, a local leader with the country’s Red Cross, said Wednesday that the fighting had taken place in a neigbhorhood that is home to loyalists of ousted President Francois Bozize and has been the scene of frequent gunfire in recent weeks. Thousands of armed rebels invaded the capital in March and overthrew the government.
Quake moderately strong
A moderately strong earthquake struck near Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Acapulco on Wednesday, causing cracks in some buildings and knocking bricks and plaster off other structures. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at 7:38 a.m. local time had a magnitude of 6.2. It was centered near the Pacific coast and about 60 miles east of Acapulco. No significant injuries were reported, but a chunk of ornamental plaster work fell off the facade of one hotel on Acapulco’s once-glamorous main boulevard.
U.S. suspends police aid
The United States has withdrawn all assistance to St. Lucia’s police force over concerns about allegations of unlawful killings, the leader of the small Caribbean country announced. St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said the matter focuses on 12 people fatally shot by police in 2010 and 2011 while another administration was in power. Relatives of the victims and other critics insist the men were murdered and police had a “hit list” of people deemed to be criminals.
Compiled from wire reports.