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Marmite Made Illegal in Denmark

A jar of Marmite
© Jeff GilbertA jar of Marmite
According to the marketing slogan it is a taste that you either love or hate. But Danes will no longer get the chance to make up their own minds on Marmite after the British delicacy was banned under food safety laws.

The strongly flavoured dark brown spread made from brewer's yeast has joined Rice Crispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine prohibited in Denmark under legislation forbidding the sale of food products with added vitamins as threat to public health.

Many well known breakfast cereal and drink brands have already been banned or taken off supermarket shelves after Danish legislation in 2004 restricted foods fortified with extra vitamins or minerals.

But Marmite had escaped notice as an exotic import for a small number of ex-pats until the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration telephoned Abigail's, a Copenhagen shop selling British food, to ban the famous yeast spread.


Best of the Web: Ireland: Ryanair flies plane through Icelandic volcano ash cloud

Ryanair called for restrictions on airlines to be lifted after it claimed to have flown a plane safely though the thickest part of the volcanic ash cloud.

The airline said it strongly objected to the disruption under orders from the Irish Aviation Authority which saw flights cancelled at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.


Egypt: Hosni Mubarak and sons to be tried over deaths

Hosni Mubarak is being held in a military hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh after reporting heart problems
Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are to be tried over the deaths of anti-government protesters, judicial officials say.

Mr Mubarak, who was ousted in February, is being detained at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

He and his wife also face allegations of illegally acquiring wealth while they were in power for 30 years.


Germany: Sales Staff Snorted Salt Not Drugs?

Munich Re unit Ergo said on Tuesday sales agents photographed snorting white powder at a company-sponsored party were inhaling salt rather than drugs, just as the insurer struggles to shake a tarnished image.

The unit was responding to a report in German tabloid Bild, that published photographs showing sales agents snorting white powder from a table-top at an employee motivation party held in the holiday resort of Mallorca last September.

"The pictures published in Bild show a drinking game with salt, Tequila and lemon juice," the company said in a statement

Tequila shots, slices of lime and a salt shaker were visible on the photographs, items used in a drinking maneuver known as "tequila suicide," which requires drinkers to snort salt, drink tequila and to squeeze lime into their eyes.

"The snorting of salt up the nose is part of the game. The activities of the persons shown in the pictures published by Bild do not deal with cocaine consumption," it added.

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Discovery of Another Mass Grave in Mexico Brings Questions of Law Enforcement Failings

Mexican federal police
© APMay 17, 2011: Mexican federal police stand outside the Goodbar Old West saloon, said to be owned by Bernabe Monje Silva, in Durango, Mexico. Federal authorities claim that the March 27 arrest of Monje Silva led to the discovery of the 219 bodies.
In what has become a string of mass graves discovered in Mexico, law enforcement authorities there have uncovered one of the most gruesome yet.

Eighty-nine bodies were found buried in a vacant auto repair lot in Durango, Mexico. Since April, a total of seven mass graves have been found in the city of almost 600,000, and 308 bodies have been recovered so far.


Is this a taste of the future? Outsourcing goes full circle as Indian firms look to the U.S. for cheap labour

Call center
© AlamyReversal of fortunes: Indian companies are now outsourcing their work to the U.S. where a struggling economy has caused lower wages
It's a frustration experienced by most people when they've made phone calls to large companies.

An unfamiliar voice answers the phone in a call centre hundreds of miles away where cheap labour is commonplace.

But in a reversal of fortunes it now appears that large Indian companies are actually now themselves outsourcing - to U.S. shores.


Pakistan: Mysterious helicopters seen roaming in Muzaffarabad

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Muzaffarabad: Eight mysterious helicopters were seen roaming about in the skies of Muzaffarabad at around 1:15am, Geo News reported.

The copters including seven small and a large remained in the skies for several minutes and returned after inspecting the mountains in Dolai area of AJK capital.

The roaming of these helicopters has created panic among the people of the area.

Military officials have claimed that these helicopters were of Pakistan and that these were on night mission.


Bizarre abduction: Grandma charged with kidnapping 4-mo.-old Ramy Amadea Gallego

© Facebook PageRamy Amadea Gallego with mom Kristin Gallego
Knightsen, California -- The infant who was reported missing from her bassinet Sunday morning is back in Contra Costa County with her family after Sheriff's Deputies traveled to Southern California Monday morning to pick her up; her paternal grandmother has been arrested, charged in her abduction.

At around 8 a.m. Monday morning the El Monte Police Department in Southern California arrested the baby's grandmother, Ericka Gallego, 58, on felony charges. She is being held on $150,000 bail, no court date has been set yet.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office announced Monday evening that Ericka Gallego has been charged with one count of kidnapping which carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison if she is found guilty.

Sheriff's deputies got word that four-month-old Ramy Amadea Gallego was in Southern California. They, along with Ramy's parents Kristin and Rudy Gallego, traveled there Monday to retrieve the infant.


At least 4 killed in blast before Ahmadinejad dedicates refinery

Tehran - A deadly blast during the inauguration of a major oil refinery by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad killed at least four and injured 20, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Tuesday.

Authorities ruled out any form of sabotage and instead spoke of an industrial incident caused by a gas leak at the Abadan oil refinery, in one of the largest and oldest industrial complexes in Iran.


New Rapture date revealed

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US preacher Harold E. Camping admits that he made an error when he predicted that the world would end on 21 May 2011, and has revealed a revised date for the 'Rapture'.

According to the Telegraph, Camping now says the world will end on 21 October 2011. This was his original prediction for the date the globe would be consumed by a giant fireball.

The Christian radio host had said that 200 million Christians would be taken up to heaven last Saturday, before the world was destroyed.

He said that 21 May was "a very difficult" time for him.

"I can tell you when 21 May came and went it was a very difficult time for me - a very difficult time. I was truly wondering what is going on. In my mind, I went back through all the promises God had made," he said, according to the Guardian.

"What in the world was happening. I really was praying and praying: 'Lord, what happened?'"