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Japan to pull Perrier from store shelves

Published Oct. 16, 2005

TOKYO - A Japanese subsidiary of the French bottler of Perrier mineral water said Tuesday it will withdraw its product from stores in light of the discovery of contamination in Perrier water in the United States.Mika Iiyoshi, an official of Perrier Japon K.K., said the company will voluntarily withdraw about 10,000 cases from store shelves immediately until the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry confirms the mineral water's safety.

Refugees clash at Hong Kong camp

HONG KONG - Police fired tear gas to break up a three-hour riot between Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong's Whitehead detention center Tuesday. Seven people were injured. The trouble started after a group from one Vietnamese province tore down fences and clashed with a group from a neighboring province, police said. There are more than 20,000 Vietnamese boat people in Whitehead, a camp near the town of Shatin in Hong Kong's New Territories. Police said at least 1,000 people were involved in the clashes.

Rushdie's publisher in Japan attacked

TOKYO - An Italian man who bought the copyright to Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses in Japanese was attacked Tuesday at a news conference to launch the book. He was later threatened with death. An man reported to be Moslem grabbed the publisher's microphone and lunged at his head and back. The Italian was unhurt and the assailant was overpowered by police. At the end of the conference, Raees Siddiqui, president of the Pakistan Association of Japan, rose and said, "On behalf of the Moslem people, I would like to say to you that we will not let you live."

KGB: 750,000 were shot in Stalin reign

MOSCOW - More than 750,000 people were shot to death as enemies of the state during Stalin's 1930-53 reign of terror, the KGB secret police said in a report Tuesday. The figure does not include the millions who died in labor camps and prisons or in the famines during Stalin's collectivization of agriculture, but it represented the first time the KGB has given a figure for any of Stalin's victims. Many Western sources say that altogether more than 10-million people were killed.

U.N. agency warns of African famine

NAIROBI, Kenya - Famine threatens more than 15-million people in four African countries wracked by civil war, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday. "Famine conditions are emerging in northern Ethiopia, southern and western Sudan and large areas of Mozambique and Angola," it said, adding the most serious food crisis in 1990 is in Ethiopia, which needs 1.1-million tons of food aid to combat last year's severe drought in the north.

Elsewhere . . .

JERUSALEM - An Israeli company has hatched a plan for getting its clients' messages directly to the breakfast table - ads printed on eggs. A company calling itself Golden Eggs introduced its first batch of eggs two weeks ago.

MONTREAL - Quebec Judge Denys Dionne faces an official inquiry for telling a lawyer in court: "Rules are like women, they're made to be violated."

ATHENS, Greece - A caretaker government was sworn in to lead Greece to a third national election in less than a year after an all-party coalition government collapsed.

PARIS - France denied reports it had offered to send troops to Lebanon in the hope of averting Syrian intervention in the conflict between warring Christian factions.