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Washington (United States) (AFP) - A resurgence of measles in Europe was blamed Thursday for a spike in cases in the United States, raising concern about parents' refusal to vaccinate children against the highly contagious virus. After a decade of near total US elimination of measles, due in large part to blanket immunization of children, a surge of 175 US cases have been documented so far this year, experts said. And Europe was the source for almost half (25) of the 52 measles cases that were classed as direct importations from abroad this year, a CDC spokesman told AFP. "So the failure to eliminate measles in these countries has been a critical part of the importation into the United States," said Katz, who was a key player in the development of the measles vaccine, which was approved in 1963.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving nearly one hundred people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country's new government. The U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of current or former Russian diplomats and their spouses enjoyed luxury vacations and spent tens of thousands of dollars on concert tickets, fine clothing and helicopter rides as they lied about their incomes to get the government to pay their health care bills with money meant for the poor, federal prosecutors said Thursday.