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NEW CASE OF FOOT-AND-MOUTH REIGNITES FEARS

ENGLAND

British authorities said Thursday that a suspected new case of foot-and-mouth virus had been discovered, raising concern that an earlier outbreak was not contained. A control zone has been set up around undisclosed premises in Surrey outside the existing surveillance area, after an "inconclusive assessment" of symptoms in cattle, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said. Several countries, including the United States, have banned imports of British livestock, and Britain has voluntarily suspended exports of livestock, meat and milk products and destroyed more than 100 cows since the outbreak was spotted last week. Britain's health and safety agency says there was a "strong probability" the original outbreak originated at a laboratory southwest of London and was spread by human movement.

RUSSIA

Bombers revive Cold War 'tradition'

Two Russian bombers flew thousands of miles across Pacific Ocean waters to the vicinity of Guam island, site of a major U.S. military base, where U.S. jets intercepted them, the Russian air force said Thursday. The flights renewed a type of military gamesmanship that has been largely dormant in the Pacific since the Cold War ended. "It was always a tradition for our long-range aircraft to fly far over the ocean, where pilots met American airplanes and visually greeted them," Maj. Gen. Pavel Androsov told reporters Thursday. "On Wednesday, we renewed that tradition, and two of our young crews visited the area of the island of Guam." U.S. officials confirmed the Russian bombers' flight but not an interception.

MEXICO

Calderon lashes out at Congress

President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unleashed some of his harshest criticism yet of the U.S. Congress, calling its members insensitive and saying they ignored reality by failing to pass an immigration reform bill in June. "The U.S. Congress, which today turns its back on reality, knows full well that the American economy could not move forward without the labor of Mexicans," Calderon said. "The insensitivity of the American congressmen will only spur us to redouble our efforts for the full recognition of the enormous contribution Mexican migrants make to the U.S. economy, and for the respect of their human rights."

Elsewhere

CANADA: Two masked gunmen burst into a Chinese restaurant in Vancouver early Thursday and sprayed it with bullets, killing two people and injuring six, police said. No arrests had been made.

PHILIPPINES: Suspected militants from the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group ambushed a troops truck Thursday and later battled pursuing soldiers, killing 19 soldiers, the military said.

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