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■UNITED STATES

Avoid pistachios, FDA says

Federal food safety officials warned on Monday that consumers should stop eating all foods containing pistachios while they figure out the source of a possible salmonella contamination. Still reeling from the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, the second-largest pistachio processor in the US, was voluntarily recalling a portion of the roasted nuts it has been shipping since last fall. A Setton spokeswoman said that amounts to more than 900,000kg of nuts. The FDA learned about the problem last Tuesday, when Kraft Foods Inc notified the agency that it had detected salmonella during product testing.

■MEXICO

Robbers get long stretch

A court has handed down prison sentences of almost 1,000 years each against five men convicted of robbing 18 customers at a Mexico City restaurant in October and holding them hostage. The sentences of 998-and-a-half years each are largely symbolic because the maximum prison terms in Mexico for such crimes are about 60 years and multiple sentences are served concurrently. The men robbed the customers, then took them hostage when police arrived. The customers were released a few hours later. The Mexico City prosecutors’ office said on Monday the men would also have to pay fines of more than 1.4 million pesos (US$98,000) apiece.

■UNITED STATES

Former adviser pans case

A former top government adviser who faces possible indictment in Spain for his role in establishing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp on Monday described the case against him as “outrageous.” Douglas Feith — a key adviser in former US president George W. Bush’s Pentagon — told Fox News that moves before a Spanish court to indict him for facilitating torture were an effort to “intimidate US government officials.” A Spanish non-governmental group has called for six Bush-era advisers to be prosecuted, including Justice Department lawyer John Yoo and a top aide to vice president Dick Cheney.

■CANADA

Galloway ruling to stand

A judge declined on Monday to overturn a government ruling that bans an outspoken anti-war British lawmaker from entering the country. George Galloway was banned on national security grounds early last month, saying he provided money to Hamas, a banned terrorist organization in Canada. Federal Court Justice Luc Martineau denied a request for an emergency injunction to allow Galloway in to begin a speaking tour in Canada. Galloway is well known in Britain for his ardent opposition to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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