News Wrap: CDC warns pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach; Louisiana cleanup continues

PBS NewsHour

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day's other news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to avoid traveling to Miami Beach, Florida, on account of the Zika virus. Officials say mosquitoes in the popular tourist destination transmitted the virus to at least five people. That area is just minutes from the state's initial infection zone. Governor Rick Scott said that Florida will remain vigilant in the face of the new outbreak. RICK SCOTT (R-Fla): We know from our experience successfully dealing with other mosquito-borne viruses in our state that, through constant surveillance and immediate action, that we will protect our families and visitors.


Protests erupt in Yemen as Trump visits Saudi Arabia

PBS NewsHour

ALISON STEWART, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: Sharing the Arabian Peninsula is the small nation of Yemen, where thousands of demonstrators today took to the streets of the capital, Sana'a, to protest President Trump's visit to the Saudi kingdom. This came a day after rebel Houthi fighters, opposed to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh. The Saudis intercepted it 125 miles west of the city. For more on the situation, Martin Smith, from the PBS series "Frontline," joins me via Skype, from Sana'a. Martin, you were at the protests today.


A Pro-Pot Candidate Could Prove Decisive in Israeli Election

NYT > Middle East

Mr. Feiglin has long been in the public eye as a far-right activist and leader of the "This Is Our Land" movement. In the 1990s, he was sentenced to six months in prison for sedition after protesters blocked roads throughout the country to try halt the Oslo peace process. In 2000, he joined Mr. Netanyahu's Likud party and failed in four bids to become party chairman. He was elected to Parliament in 2013 and served a two-year term. Read about how from the far left to the far right, political ads are aimed at riling up the base.]


Mahmoud Abbas 'suffers from pneumonia, condition improving'

Al Jazeera

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is suffering from pneumonia but his condition is improving, according to officials who visited him in hospital. Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of the Knesset, said on Monday that he paid a visit to the 82-year-old leader at a hospital in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. "He suffers from pneumonia and is treated with antibiotics," Tibi, who is also a doctor, wrote on Twitter. Noting that Abbas's condition had "markedly improved", Tibi added: "He will spend several more days in the hospital. We discussed several political issues."


Israeli demolitions displace dozens of Palestinians

Al Jazeera

Israeli forces have displaced at least 43 United Nations-registered refugees in a "large-scale demolition" of Bedouin homes and structures in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). Among the buildings destroyed in the West Bank's Anata village were seven homes, four animal shelters and four outdoor washrooms, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said in a statement on Wednesday. Three of the buildings demolished on Tuesday were funded by an international NGO, he said. Seven Palestinian families comprised of 43 people, including 25 children, were displaced by the demolitions, Gunness said. They also included a 48-year-old father with Parkinson's disease, a 48-year-old man who is unable to walk, an 84-year-old woman and another woman who is seven months pregnant.