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HONG KONG

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.

IRAQ

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.

AUSTRALIA

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.

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