McDonald’s ditches chicken
McDonald’s restaurants in the territory have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat. The fast-food chain said late on Thursday that it “suspended relevant food ingredients” at outlets in the city in light of the scandal surrounding Shanghai Husi Food Co. Chinese authorities detained five Husi employees after a TV station reported last weekend that the company repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. The city’s government said that imports of Husi products would be suspended as the investigation continued.
Jonah shrine destroyed
The new jihadist rulers of the northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely leveled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told reporters. The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of Jonah, a prophet in the Bible who is known as Yunus in the Koran. “Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500m from the shrine,” said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq. The endowment official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Mosul residents said it took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives. The endowment official said the Islamic State jihadist group, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that overran large swathes of northern and western regions last month has now destroyed or damaged 30 shrines, as well as 15 husseiniyas and mosques in and around Mosul. Husseiniyas are Shiite places of worship that are also used as community centers.
Boat people to be processed
A group of 157 asylum seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to land and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities, authorities said yesterday. The development follows lawyers acting for about one-third of those on board — thought to be mostly minority ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka — taking their case to the High Court. They argued that any transfer to Sri Lanka would be illegal, with concerns about the way they were screened. The boat left India last month, and authorities said the vessel was intercepted outside the country’s migration zone. The asylum seekers, including children, have since been held on board a customs ship while their legal status is determined. Minister of Immigration Scott Morrison announced the asylum seekers would be taken to land, where Indian consular officials would determine their identities. “It is our intention those who can be returned should and must be returned,” he said, adding that India had agreed to take back any of its citizens and would also consider taking Sri Lankan nationals who are Indian residents.
PASTA PUNCHLINE: Billy McLean’s spoof poking fun at misinformation on the coronavirus was meant for friends, but is being eaten up by frazzled Britons It started off as an ad-libbed joke for some friends in a soccer banter group and ended up being heard by vast numbers of Britons within hours. However, the man responsible for a joke WhatsApp audio clip that claimed the UK Ministry of Defence was about to requisition Wembley Stadium to cook the world’s biggest lasagna has said his viral success also shows the risks of believing everything that gets sent to you on the messaging service. Billy McLean, a 29-year-old Londoner who works in software sales, came forward to the Guardian to identify himself as the creator of the much-shared clip
‘AN HONORABLE TASK’: The brigade to Italy is the sixth contingent of doctors the nation has sent abroad to aid governments contending with the COVID-19 pandemic Cuba has dispatched doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time this weekend to help fight COVID-19 at the request of the worst-affected region Lombardy, it said. The Caribbean nation has sent its “armies of white robes” to disaster sites around the world largely in poor countries since its 1959 revolution, with doctors on the front lines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against ebola in West Africa in the 2010s. Yet with the 52-strong brigade, this is the first time Cuba has sent an emergency contingent to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries, demonstrating the reach of
There are growing concerns for the health of Rokia Traore, a Malian singer who has been on hunger strike at the Fleury-Merogis Prison near Paris since she was arrested on March 10 on allegations of kidnapping her daughter in a child custody dispute. “I am very worried,” said Kenneth Feliho, her lawyer. “She is only drinking. She has not been eating for over a week and her immune system is weak.” Among those calling for the musician’ release are African stars including Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo. Damon Albarn, who performed with her in the group Africa Express, wrote: “We demand,
FATAL IDEA: The nation’s drugs regulator is curbing use of hydroxychloroquine, which Donald Trump has promoted for its alleged potential to treat COVID-19 Australia’s drug regulator has been forced to restrict powers to prescribe a drug undergoing clinical trials to treat COVID-19, because doctors have been inappropriately prescribing it to themselves and their family members, despite potentially deadly side effects. The anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the similar compound chloroquine are currently used mostly for patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, but stocks in Australia have been diminished thanks to global publicity — including from US President Donald Trump — about the potential of the drug to treat COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have potentially severe and even deadly side effects if used inappropriately, including