ລິ້ງ ສຳຫລັບເຂົ້າຫາ

Mexico Faces Shut Down Over Swine Flu


SWINE FLU: Mexican President Felipe Calderon is urging people to stay at home while the federal government suspends non-essential activities in an effort to combat the spread of swine flu. In a nationally televised address late Wednesday, Mr. Calderon said that home was the safest place for Mexicans at this time. The Mexican government is suspending non-essential activities for five days, starting Friday. Mexican Health Minister Jose Cordova said food, medical and transportation sectors will not be affected. He also said there are 99 confirmed cases of swine flu in Mexico, eight of them fatalities.

PANDEMIC PRIMER: A "pandemic" is defined as an illness occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population. The current swine flu outbreak has not been declared a pandemic. The World Health Organization says an influenza pandemic occurs when a new flu virus appears and results in epidemics worldwide with "enormous numbers" of deaths and illness. The organization says if a pandemic were to occur, current models project it could result in two million to 7.4 million deaths worldwide.

OBAMA - 100 DAYS: U.S. President Barack Obama says his administration is off to a good start after its first 100 days, but said more work remains to fix the nation's struggling economy. During a nationally televised White House news conference Wednesday night, Mr. Obama said his young administration had begun taking steps to "clear away the wreckage" of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, including a $3.4 trillion budget blueprint passed hours earlier by the U.S. Congress. But the new president said these efforts are just the beginning, and promised an "unrelenting, unyielding effort" to bolster the nation's prosperity and security in the days and months ahead.

OBAMA FOREIGN POLICTY: On foreign policy, U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration already has taken steps to change the direction of the country's foreign policy. At his televised news conference Wednesday, Mr. Obama listed as examples moves to end the war in Iraq, the new strategy to target al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his pledge to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On the issue of interrogation practices, Mr. Obama said the technique of waterboarding employed by the former Bush administration was torture.

SOUTH KOREA - CORRUPTION: Prosecutors in South Korea have begun questioning former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in connection with a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. Mr. Roh arrived at prosecutor's offices Thursday after traveling more than five hours from his home in southeastern South Korea and being followed by a convoy of reporters. Prosecutors have already questioned Mr. Roh's family members, including his wife and son, regarding allegations they accepted a total of $6 million from a businessman who has been arrested.

IRAQ: Iraqi officials say the death toll from Wednesday's car bombings in and around Baghdad has risen to at least 51. The deadliest blasts Wednesday went off in the capital's Sadr City district, killing 44 people. Medics had previously said the death toll from those blasts was 41. An interior ministry official says about 70 others were wounded when at least two bombs exploded in marketplaces in quick succession. Bombings elsewhere in the capital left another seven people dead. Also in Iraq Thursday, the British military honored its soldiers who died during more than six years of war in the country.

AZERBAIJAN - SHOOTING: Thirteen students are dead and another 10 wounded following a shooting spree at Azerbaijan's State Oil Academy in Baku early Thursday. There are also conflicting reports about the number of gunmen involved in the attack. Some say there was one shooter, other reports say two gunmen were involved. Azeri police say the incident is now over but have released few details.

INDIA - ELECTIONS: Another round of India's national elections began Thursday, with voting in key areas including Muslim-dominated areas of Kashmir and the main commercial city, Mumbai. Nearly 145 million people are eligible to vote in the third round of the country's five-round elections. Separatists in Kashmir have called for a boycott of the vote to protest New Delhi's rule in the disputed territory. Police tightened security in the main city of Srinagar following violent clashes with demonstrators earlier this week. Voting is also underway in Mumbai, just months after an Islamist terrorist attack on the city left 166 people dead, and increased tensions with Pakistan.

Listen to our World News for details.

XS
SM
MD
LG