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CNN.com:

The Netherlands and Belgium have joined Austria by issuing warnings over German beef after the discovery of mad cow disease there.

The Dutch Health Ministry has advised the public not to eat German meat for the time being and local media in Belgium has reported that the government ordered the withdrawal of all German beef from shops.

I just saw footage on ABC World News Now of the French Prime Minister “gorging” (according to ABC News) on beef to try to reassure the public that beef is safe to eat. There were also more shocking clips of the Brittish Minister of Agriculture, feeding burgers to his daughter at the height of the mad cow disease crisis in England, in an attempt to calm the public.

According to sources quoted by ABC News, French beef may now present 20 times the health risk that the English beef did during the mad cow disease crisis there. Wanna go out for a burger?

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CNN.com: “An Italian tanker carrying 6,000 tons of toxic chemicals has sunk in the English Channel.”

“The stricken tanker, which was being towed to France, was carrying 4,000 tons of styrene, a hydrocarbon used for making synthetic plastics, as well as isopropyl and methyl ethyl ketone.”

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“ATHENS, Greece — Twenty-five people died and more than 60 went missing after a Greek ferry with 511 aboard ran aground and sank off the Aegean island of Paros late on Tuesday.

“The merchant marine ministry said more than 350 people were quickly rescued and taken to ashore by coast guard, trawlers, pleasure craft and fishing boats after the Express Samina ferry foundered in strong winds.”

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CNN.com:

“MURMANSK, Russia — Norwegian rescuers today said the escape hatch on the crippled Russian submarine Kursk could be removed, contradicting earlier reports that the hatch had sustained extensive damage.

“John Espen Lien of the Norwegian Armed Forces offered hope that the international rescue teams could gain entry to the stricken nuclear submarine with its 118 crew members.”

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Dave Winer: “There has to be artistic possibility in this new medium. A new kind of inspiration, musical, emotive, strong, not afraid of the Internet. When that comes online, however it comes, then we’ll know what this medium really means.”

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CNN.com (AP): “An early morning earthquake shook Mexico City, sending some frightened people into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

“The earthquake struck at about 1:15 a.m. (0615 GMT). There was no immediate indication of the magnitude or epicenter of the quake.”

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CNN: “Since last year’s 78-day air campaign, lawyers working on behalf of Yugoslavia and a separate Russian parliamentary commission have given prosecutors complaints and evidence they say supports their charge that NATO forces committed war crimes.”

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CNN: “Five pieces of armor that disappeared from Germany after World War II were officially transferred Tuesday to a Dresden museum’s custody — but four of them will stay in Philadelphia until 2004.”

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