All donated blood in the US will now be tested for Zika

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday took steps to safeguard the nation’s blood supply from the Zika virus, calling for all blood banks to screen donations for the infection even if they are in states where the virus is not circulating.

Italy quake death toll hits 278, state funeral planned

Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.

Off Hawaii, Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet

With Friday's action, seven presidents - starting with Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 - have taken steps to safeguard part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands archipelago, which is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world.

Top French court overturns burkini bans

France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged people around the world and opened divisions within the government.

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