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Melamine in feed kills 1,500 dogs

October 21, 2008
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China
BEIJING - Some 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine, a veterinarian said yesterday, raising questions about how widespread the industrial chemical is in China's food chain. The revelation comes amid a crisis over dairy products tainted with melamine that has caused kidney stones in tens of thousands of Chinese children and has been linked to the deaths of four infants. The dogs died of kidney failure after eating the tainted feed, said Zhang Wenkui, a veterinary professor at Shenyang Agriculture University. (AP)

Sudan
Oil workers seized for share of profits
KHARTOUM - The kidnappers of nine Chinese oil workers in southwestern Sudan are demanding a share of the region's oil profits, Sudan's Foreign Ministry said yesterday. A Sudanese driver accompanying the Chinese managed to escape and was able to relay information about the identity of the kidnappers to authorities, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ali Sadiq. The spokesman said it appeared that the kidnappers had no political or military demands but wanted a part of the revenue of the region's oil resources. (AP)

Iraq
4 die as bombs hit Baghdad bus, taxi
BAGHDAD - Bombs struck a double-decker bus and a taxi in eastern Baghdad yesterday, killing four people, authorities said. Iraqi police and hospital officials said the bus was hit by a roadside bomb in the Shi'ite-dominated neighborhood of Mashtal, killing two people. In a separate attack, a bomb placed under a taxi exploded at Maysaloun Square in east Baghdad, police said. Police and health officials said two people were killed. (AP)

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