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McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken after meat scandal

A pedestrian walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, on July 23, 2014McDonald's said Friday that its restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in a marked widening of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants. More than 3,000 restaurants across Japan had also halted imports of chicken products from the country, the chain said, as it switched to distributors in Thailand "to address the concerns of our customers". "We made this decision in view of the growing concern over McDonald's chicken products made in China," the Japanese unit's chief executive Sarah Casanova said in a statement. The move came as McDonald's in Hong Kong said it would no longer sell chicken nuggets and several other items sourced from a US-owned firm in China at the centre the scandal.

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

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Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

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Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence: medics

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Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

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