Grasswire Digest: March 8

A round-up of news from Grasswire and elsewhere.

On Grasswire


At least two people were killed and at least two others wounded after eight rockets hit the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border on Tuesday afternoon.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reports that one of the dead is a four-year-old child.

Zika virus

The World Health Organization says reports from several countries suggest that sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought.

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said “reports and investigations in several countries strongly suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.”


Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer has severed ties with five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova after she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January.


A commuter train derailed in Sunol, California. Authorities have confirmed nine people were injured, none of which are in a life-threatening condition.


In other news

Orlando-based theme park Sea World says, Tilikum, a 34-year-old Orca, is suffering from what it believes is a bacterial infection in his lungs which could lead to the death of the whale.

In case you missed it

Students in Boston Public Schools have staged a walkout to protest a proposed budget cut that reaches into the multi-million dollar range.

General interestingness

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