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The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the recommended daily intake of hidden sugar be halved, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that amount. The UN agency pointed out that much of the so-called free sugars we consume today are "hidden" in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet such as ketchup, which contains a full teaspoon of sugar in each tablespoon. WHO has for more than a decade recommended keeping sugar consumption below 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake -- a target it considers clearly supported by scientific evidence which countries should adopt as policy.
Mexican federal forces captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Wednesday, dealing a new blow to the feared gang. The suspect known as "Z-42" was detained by federal police and soldiers in the suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon state, two federal officials said. Trevino, 41, took the helm of the Zetas after his brother, Miguel Angel Trevino or "Z-40", was captured by marines in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas in July 2013. The US State Department had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Omar Trevino's arrest.
Tanzania will get a $300 million concessional loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) to help improve roads and other facilities in its commercial capital of Dar es salaam, the bank said. Fast-growing Dar es Salaam generates more than 40 percent of Tanzania’s GDP but is exposed to a range of risks from climate change, including flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion, water scarcity and insect-borne diseases. The credit from IDA, which gives grants or low-interest loans to the world's poorest countries, will boost the capacity of local governments in the east African country’s biggest city of 4.6 million people to better plan and provide services. Philippe Dongier, World Bank Tanzania country director, said in a statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday that investments in infrastructure over the next five years would help improve a city envisaged to have 10 million people in 15 years.