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Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, intervened in the row over food hygiene on Thursday demanding that the Food Standards Agency mount an urgent investigation into the processing factories at the heart of a Guardian investigation into contamination in the poultry industry.<p>A safety audit will be …

Palestinian protests to continue as Israel considers military options

The Israeli military is on high alert in the West Bank, which has declared a 'day of rage' over the crisis in Gaza<p>The violence of the Gaza conflict has spread to the West Bank where six Palestinians have reportedly been killed and scores wounded in the past 24 hours in the biggest clashes with …

Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour cease-fire as casualties mount

Angry clashes erupted Friday in the West Bank, after Palestinian leaders called for a "day of rage" in response to the shelling of a United Nations shelter that killed 16 people.<p>At least four Palestinians were killed in outbreaks of violence in several parts of the West Bank, according to medical …

Uncertain outlook for Malaysia Airlines

The deadline has passed for Malaysia Airlines' customers to cancel their tickets without penalty and get a full refund if they have decided not to fly.<p>The airline is not saying how many tickets have been cancelled, but it is likely some customers have taken up the offer after the tragic loss of …

Malaysia Airlines

Soldiers clear wreckage of crashed Taiwan plane

Soldiers and recovery teams are continuing to clear the wreckage from a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.<p>The twin propeller ATR-72 operated by TransAsia Airways came down on Wednesday on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait, west of the capital Taipei.<p>The flight took off …

Taiwan

U.S. police probe motives behind gunfight between patient, psychiatrist

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.<p>The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the …

Crime

Cuba: Where toilet paper can be rarer than partridge

<b>Years after the collapse of the USSR, Cuba remains a bastion of communism, central planning... and shortages of basic goods. Anyone returning from a trip abroad therefore takes as many of these as they can carry - even if they are flying from Moscow.</b><p>The bright orange bottle of cleaning fluid was …

Cuba