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Round Up The world in brief: Saturday January 13

ISRAEL: Communications Minister Ayoob Kara was forced to apologise yesterday for saying that “all those bringing fake news are bringing upon themselves a death sentence.”

Mr Kara claimed he was speaking figuratively and it was not clear what he was referring to specifically.

The Israeli government often denounces reports on its oppression of Palestinians as lies and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that myriad corruption allegations against him are fabricated.

FRANCE: The government is scrambling to save face after its botched mass recall of baby milk prompted by a salmonella scare.

The milk was still available in hospitals, nurseries, pharmacies and supermarkets well after last month’s recall.

The head of diary giant Lactalis was summoned by ministers for an urgent meeting yesterday and Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the government “could not have been more clear” in its warnings.

PERU: Thousands demonstrated in Lima on Thursday night against the medical pardon that freed blood-soaked former president Alberto Fujimori from a 25-year prison sentence.

It was the second protest in a month against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s decision, prompted by concern to wriggle out of corruption allegations.

Demonstrators carried signs with phrases such as “Assassin Fujimori” and held photographs of the 25 Peruvians whose deaths the former president was convicted of playing a role in.


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