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Washington, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Most children born with abnormally small heads known as microcephaly and other evidence of congenital Zika virus infection faced severe health and developmental challenges at the age of two, U.S. and Brazilian researchers said today.

Santiago, Chile, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) What will happen on next Sunday''s presidential election in Chile can be used as an ideological thermometer in Latin America and the Caribbean, in a very tight dispute between the center-left and the right.

Caracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelans are looking expectantly towards the Dominican Republic, where a government delegation and opposition sectors are trying to sign some agreements to reach stability in the Bolivar''s homeland.

Rome, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales extolled his meeting today Pope Francis at the Vatican and thanked him for the support of the High Pontiff to the change process and the sea claim of the Andean-Amazonic nation.

Caracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) First Vicepresident of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (Psuv), Diosdado Cabello, confirmed Chavism will defend one only candidate in the presidential elections of 2018.

Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities destroyed 16,683 firearms as part of the efforts to improve the country''s security, said today Nestor Reverol, Minister of Interior, Justice, and Peace.

Lima, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The opposition took a new step urging Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign today and ruling out his willingness to testify at an anti-corruption commission in eight days.

Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian-Argentinean film ''Matar a Jesus'', by filmmaker Laura Mora, was granted today the 2017 Glauber Rocha Award, given by the foreign press at the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Venezuela signed today the final act of the 18th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission of the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement (CICIC) between both countries, a process for redimensioning the collaboration.

La Paz, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Health of Bolivia, Ariana Campero, announced today the preparation of several health fairs in this city as a measure against the indefinite medical stoppage that doctors have held for more than 20 days.

Santiago de Chile, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean under the economic look of Eclac and Chile, as host of the United Nations entity, examined today the commitments regarding climate change.