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Lionel Messi retires from international football

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Lionel Messi has announcement his retirement from international football after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America 2016 final at the MetLife Stadium on Monday.

This was Argentina’s second in a row loss in the final of Copa America, both to Chile.

The Argentina and Barcelona forward, five times World Player of the Year, missed Argentina’s opening penalty in the Copa America shoot-out.

“The national team is over for me. It’s my decision,” Messi was cited as saying by the BBC.

“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis. In the dressing room I thought that the national team was over, it’s not for me (anymore),” Messi said on Twitter.

The announcement came right after that, with emotions running high.

Messi made his international debut for Argentina back in 2005. The Barcelona superstar recently became the highest goalscorer for Argentina, with 55 goals, beating Gabriel Batistuta’s mark.

Messi played 113 games for his nation. However, he will continue to play club football for Barcelona. But this decision is a huge loss for all the fans of the legendary forward across the world.

The 29-year-old Argentine forward was seen in tears after he failed to lead his nation to the Copa America 2016 title.

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Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala

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NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.

Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported

Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.

It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports

Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.

CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.

The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.

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