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Measles outbreak grows in Pacific Northwest

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has sickened 38 people in Washington and Oregon and 13 more cases are suspected. The outbreak is leading doctors to urge people who have not vaccinated their children to do it right away.
People with young children under the age of one are wondering what to do because the first two shots in the measles series are given after one year of age.
According to the world health organization, Even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, in 2017, there were 110 000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of five.

The Deep freeze expected to ease Thursday

The weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures could still reach record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out.
Chicago dropped to a low of around minus 23, slightly above the city's lowest-ever reading of minus 27 set on January 1985.
The extreme cold is putting pressure on utility systems throughout the affected regions. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked residents of the Michigan Lower Peninsula to turn down the heat
One utility provider was seen handing out space heaters during an outage in Minnesota. Some local residents were notified with a late night phone call.
The blast of polar air that enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday closed schools and businesses and strained infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze snapped rail lines, canceled hundreds of flights and strained utilities.
More than 2 dozen vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash just after 1 p.m. Wednesday about 60 miles west of Philadelphia, authorities said some cars, however, were just stuck at the crash site and not damaged.

President Donald Trump, preparing to meet a Chinese trade delegation

President Donald Trump, preparing to meet a Chinese trade delegation Thursday, said the United States won't reach any final trade agreement with China until he sits down again with President Xi Jinping.

U.S. and Chinese negotiators on Wednesday opened two days of high-level talks aimed at settling fears of a trade war between the world’s largest economies.
Trump has set a March 2 deadline for increasing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.
The core of the U.S. allegations against China is that Beijing systematically steals trade secrets, forces foreign companies to hand over technology as the price of access to the Chinese market and unfairly subsidizes its own tech companies.

The BL news-across Latin America-01-31-2019

-Interim President Juan Guaidó leads protests in Venezuela

-Pemex estimates that clandestine taps have tripled despite the explosion in Hidalgo

-Elections in El Salvador marked by the corruption of political parties and their leaders

-Mexico City hosts 3,000 migrants

In Venezuela, millions of people demonstrated against Maduro

On Wednesday, the streets of Venezuela were once again full with demonstrators summoned by interim President Juan Guaidó to demand the exit of Nicolás Maduro’s government.
The protests, which ended at 2 p.m. Venezuelan time, once again highlighted the country's deep economic and institutional crisis. The citizens exposed the shortage of medicines and basic products.
Guaidó announced the imminent creation of an international coalition that will deal with the humanitarian emergency, providing aid from abroad.
He also informed that he has the support of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, with whom he spoke personally.
President Trump's call came after the Venezuelan Supreme Court ordered Guaidó's bank accounts frozen and prohibited him from leaving the country.
Opposition spokesman Carlos Vecchio, after meeting at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence, rejected Maduro's request for negotiations, demanding new elections.

Pemex estimates that clandestine taps have tripled despite the explosion in Hidalgo

In Mexico, the number of clandestine taps has tripled in the last few days.

The director of Pemex, Octavio Romero, estimated that four days after the fire that left 115 dead and dozens injured, the number of clandestine taps has risen to more than 1,500.
Among those involved in the activity of fuel theft, there are high officials, businessmen, criminal organizations and individuals from the populations near the pipelines.
López Obrador said that with the implementation of the anti-theft program, he aims to reduce the nearly $3.5 billion in losses generated by this activity.

Elections in El Salvador marked by the corruption of political parties and their leaders

With a feeling of general discontent, El Salvador will elect a new president this Sunday.

El Salvador is in the final stretch of the presidential elections to be held next Sunday.
The candidates of the three parties: FMLN, ARENA, and GANA will carry the legacy of previous presidents, who have been prosecuted for crimes committed during their terms.
Widespread discontent was evident in the legislative and municipal elections held in 2018, where there was little participation.
the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Julio Olivo, anticipates that a second vote will have to be taken on 10 March to decide who will lead the country for the next five years.

Mexico City hosts 3,000 migrants

Mexico City is preparing to receive 3,000 migrants from the most recent caravan heading towards the US Mexico Border
Mexico City is preparing to receive about 3,000 migrants heading in a caravan to the United States.
The Secretary of the City Government reported that on Monday more than 1,000 migrants arrived at the "Magdalena Mixhuca" sports complex and that another 2,000 are expected to arrive in the next few hours. She also explained that the stay in the sports city is a temporary situation that may not exceed, in any case, six days.

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