Aug. 2 world news summary at 0100 GMT

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MOMBASA — A police officer and a government worker were on Monday injured after they stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the coastal town of Lamu.
The two are an Administration Police officer and a National Youth Service machine operator. The IED was believed to be planted by the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group, which has staged a series of attacks in Kenya in recent years. (Kenya-Al-Shabaab)
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BELGRADE — Three persons are suspected to have been newly infected with West Nile Virus in Serbia with one person dead, national health institute stated in a press release on Monday.
The Institute of Public Health of Serbia said the suspiciously infected people come from the vicinity of the capital Belgrade in the regions of Southern Banat and Macva, where the virus, transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, was isolated by researchers in early June. (Serbia-Virus)
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HAVANA — The Cuba-U.S. talks on settling multibillion dollars of claims made against each other are one of the most “complex and difficult” negotiations in their normalization process which started last year, a senior Cuban official said Monday.
Havana and Washington last week concluded a “substantive” second round of talks in the U.S. capital after the first meeting in December outline their respective claims as part of a deepening detente. (Cuba-US-Talks)
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Eight people were killed when an executive jet crashed into an industrial warehouse in southern Brazil, barely missing a nearby church holding service, official sources said on Monday.
The twin-engine Piper Navajo jet crashed onto the facility belonging to the Excellence transportation company Sunday night in Cambe, Parana state, hitting a bus and exploding on impact. (Brazil-Plane Crash)
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. state of Florida has identified 10 additional cases likely caused by local mosquito bites, bringing the total number of people with locally transmitted Zika to 14, the state’s governor Rick Scott said Monday.
In a statement, Scott said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued a notice to women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid unnecessary travel to the impacted area that is north of downtown Miami. (US-Zika) Enditem

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