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Multinational makers of candies and cookies sought to reassure consumers Tuesday that their products contain no tainted milk from China. But the World Health Organization warned that melamine-laced infant formula is subject to possible international smuggling. China's government appeared to confirm that the risks of consuming the tainted dairy products deliberately were suppressed from last December until June.

Kidnappers who seized 11 European tourists and their guides in Egypt are demanding a $15 million ransom, the official MENA news agency said Tuesday. The Tourism Ministry said German government officials were negotiating with the kidnappers, believed to be local tribesmen, but that could not be confirmed. Egypt has a history of attacks against tourists, but this incident is considered unusual because it took place at a remote site that is not visited often by foreigners.

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead Monday night after driving at high speed into a crowd of pedestrians at a busy intersection in Jerusalem. Nineteen people were hurt in the incident, the third of its type in three months. The Jerusalem Post cited the Maan Palestinian news agency as saying the driver was a member of Hamas. Police said he decided to act after his marriage proposal was rejected by a cousin.


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