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Terror Alert: Federal Bureau of Investigation Warns of possible Terror Threat on US Election Day Eve

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned of a possible Al Qaeda terror threat against the US on the eve of Election Day on November 8

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November 5, 2016: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned of a possible Al Qaeda terror threat against the US on the eve of Election Day on November 8.

New York, Texas and Virginia, were listed as possible targets of the attack, Xinhua news reported on Saturday.

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With three days left, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has urged the people in his state to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious over the coming days.

In a statement, Abbott said that his office was monitoring the situation and working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety, .

“Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant… and report any suspicious activity to state or local law enforcement,” Abbott said.

He said the state will continue “to do everything it can to ensure the safety and security of its citizens”.

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The FBI is working to assess relative intelligence so as to disrupt any potential threats.

Shauna Dunlap, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Houston Division, said that “the counter-terrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the US.”

In October, a 24-year-old man in Houstan had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and plotted to detonate home-made bombs in local shopping malls.

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Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan had stockpiled circuitry components, wireless remotes and other bomb-making implements in his apartment, said court documents. He faces up to 20 years in prison in terror-related charges. (IANS)

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Measles Cases in US Continue to Rise, With Most New Cases in New York

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks in 24 states

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FILE - Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, New York, March 27, 2019. VOA

Federal health officials report 41 new cases of measles across the U.S. last week, bringing the number of total cases for the year to 880 — the highest number recorded since 1994.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks in 24 states, with only the very Deep South and Northern Plains spared.

The CDC says outbreaks in several states, including California, Georgia, Michigan and New York, are linked to travelers who are suspected of bringing back the virus from countries with large measles outbreaks, such as Israel, the Philippines and Ukraine.

The CDC recommends vaccinations for everyone older than 12 months, except those who already had the disease as children and have become immune.

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Federal health officials report 41 new cases of measles across the U.S. last week. Pixabay

The virus has spread among school-age children whose parents have chosen not to vaccinate them. Parents who do not vaccinate their children often cite religious beliefs or the concerns the vaccine may cause autism or other health problems, despite scientific studies that have debunked such claims.

The World Health Organization says parents who refuse to inoculate their children against such diseases is one of the top 10 threats to global health.

The measles vaccine, first available in the 1960s, is considered safe and effective by most public health experts, who say that it also can save lives.

The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread primarily by coughing and sneezing.

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It is still a common disease in many parts of the world. It was declared eradicated in the United States in 2000 with only a handful of cases reported in the U.S. most every year since then.

Last week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released an update on measles activity in the Americas. It said 12 countries have reported cases in 2019: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, the U.S., Uruguay, and Venezuela. (VOA)