|Jinhao tea seed oil contaminated
|Local health authorities Tuesday admitted they waited five months before announcing that secret recalls of camellia oil had been ordered by Jinhao, a well-known edible oil maker based in Hunan Province, after the oil was found to contain excessive amounts of a carcinogen known as Benzo(a)pyrene, Xinhua reported. The benzo(a)pyrene level in the recalled oil was five times the national limit, according to a report in The Century Weekly. Jinhao released the information about the recalls yesterday in an apology letter to customers.
|Children get free measles vaccine
|China's Ministry of Health is planning a nationwide measles vaccination campaign September 11-20. Vaccines will be free to around 100 million children under 14 years' old, the Beijing News reported. Immunization is optional and parents can take the children to an appointed hospital to get the injection. Children vaccinated will have to remain in the hospital for at least half an hour as a precaution against allergic reactions. China plans to eradicate measles by 2012.
|Israeli-Palestinian talks begin
|Under the shadow of fresh violence in the Mideast, U.S. President Barack Obama convened the first direct Israeli-Palestinian talks in two years on Wednesday, AP reported. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begin face-to-face talks on Thursday at the State Department. The declared aim of the talks is to create a sovereign Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. Netanyahu said Israel wants a lasting peace, not an interlude between wars. Abbas urged Israel to freeze settlement construction in areas the Palestinians want as part of their new state, and to end the blockade of Gaza. The settlements issue is the central obstacle to achieving a permanent peace.
|Swedes reopen Assange rape case
|A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday, AP reported. The charge was dropped last week for lack of evidence that Assange had raped a Swedish woman, but the woman's lawyer appealed the decision. Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny decided to reopen the case, saying new information had come in on Tuesday. Assange has denied the allegations and suggested they are part of a smear campaign by opponents of WikiLeaks.
|A brisk walk can prevent cancer
|More than 10,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year in Britain if people took more exercise, such as going for brisk walks or performing vigorous household chores, the Daily Telegraph reported. Scientists at the World Cancer Research Fund believe that just 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day could prevent 5,500 cases of breast cancer in Britain annually. Similarly, at least 4,600 cases of bowel cancer could be prevented if people exercised for 30 minutes daily. That would cut down cases of both types of cancer by 12 percent.