The outbreak of E. coli in Europe was originally blamed on organic Spanish cucumbers, and claimed mostly Germans as victims. It is now thought to be caused by a virulent mutant strain of the bacteria, according to WHO. The authorities have backed off from the original assertion about cucumbers, and Spain is demanding compensation for damage to its agricultural sector. Russia, however, has reacted by banning the importation of vegetables from the EU.
In other news, radical Islamic protesters, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, demonstrated in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan. They were protesting the crackdown on demonstrators in Syria, and referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a “butcher”.
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