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25 July, 2014


McDonald’s Japan halts sales of all chicken from China

McDonald’s Holdings in Japan halted sales of all products that use chicken originating from China on Friday. The sourcing was switched completely to Thailand, Reuters said. McDonald's Japan had already stopped selling items that used meat sourced from the Shanghai Husi Food Co. The China-based supplier has been shut down over food safety concerns. “We made this decision in view of the growing concern over McDonald's chicken products made in China,” McDonald's Japan Chief Executive Sarah Casanova said.


Average of 38 US kids a year died of heatstroke in cars in 1998-2013

An average of 38 children a year died of heatstroke in cars from 1998 through 2013 in the US, AFP reported, citing officials. The overwhelming majority of them were under the age of five. The toll stands at 17 so far this year, prompting a national campaign: “Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock.” Twenty-nine percent of children who die of heat stroke in cars got into the vehicle by themselves. However, in 52 percent of cases, they were simply left behind by forgetful adults, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


S. Korea agency says impossible to determine cause of ferry businessman's death

South Korea’s forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank and killed 304 people in April, Reuters said. An autopsy and DNA tests on the decomposed body of Yoo Byung-un revealed no evidence that he was poisoned, and there was also no indication of external trauma, according to forensic agency chief Seo Joong-seok. Yoo, 73, was found dead in an orchard on June 12 after eluding authorities for nearly two months in South Korea’s biggest manhunt.


Venezuela govt rejects detention of ex-intelligence chief Carvajal wanted in US

Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the US, was arrested on the Caribbean island of Aruba while on diplomatic business, Reuters reported. “The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention,” the foreign ministry said, when announcing news of the arrest of military general Hugo Carvajal. The detention came as another former Venezuelan official was hauled into federal court in Miami, accused of taking bribes from South American drug cartels.


Al Jazeera journalists to appeal 10 year prison terms in Egypt

Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month plan to appeal their convictions, the family of Australian reporter Peter Greste said. All three journalists – Greste, along with Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed – were charged with “aiding a terrorist organization,” with the court referring to the Muslim Brotherhood group. They were then sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.


US and the Netherlands seeking further sanctions against Russia

In a phone call between President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday, the White House said both leaders agreed that more sanctions need to be levied against Russia for arming separatists in eastern Ukraine and for failing to “de-escalate the situation” in the wake of the MH17 tragedy. Obama also spoke with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who reportedly agreed that international investigators need access to the crash site immediately.


France sends troops to secure Air Algérie crash site

France has sent troops to “secure” the Air Algérie flight crash site and “gather the first elements of information," a statement from French President Francois Hollande's office said. The wreckage of the Air Algérie flight that crashed with 116 passengers on board was found close to the Malian town of Gossi, “50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border." It was said that no one survived. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is expected to visit the crash scene on Friday, according to Reuters.

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