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Norway: Terrorist group from Syria en route

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target.

Jon Fitje Hoffmann spoke in a live interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2 today but didn't elaborate further. He was not immediately available for further comment.

Denmark's intelligence agency said Thursday it had information about an imminent "concrete threat" based on "reliable information." The threat was unspecific about what the target might be, or when or where an attack could take place.

McNuggets pulled from sale in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.

The fast food chain said late Thursday that it "suspended relevant food ingredients" at Hong Kong outlets in light of the scandal surrounding Shanghai Husi Food Co.

Chinese authorities detained five Husi employees after a TV station reported last weekend that the company repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. Investigators have seized hundreds of tons of material but haven't yet confirmed finding expired meat.

Surgeons remove 232 teeth from teen

MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition.

They said the 17-year-old from a small village in western India had been suffering from jaw pain and swelling for more than 18 months.

Surgeon Dr. Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles.

He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles in the operation earlier this week. They were surprised at how many they totaled when counted up and believe it may be the most ever in a case of odontoma.

The teen is recovering.

Son of sunken ferry owner detained

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean police detained the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner today after two months on the run, three days after his billionaire father was confirmed dead.

Yoo Dae-gyun was picked up from an office south of Seoul along with a woman accused of helping his fugitive life, Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency said.

Yoo is a major shareholder in Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the ferry that sank in April. His father, Yoo Byung-eun, had founded the predecessor of Chonghaejin.

For months, authorities had sought the two saying embezzlement and other alleged corruption by the Yoo family may have contributed to the April 16 disaster that left 294 people dead and 10 still missing. Most of the victims were high school students.

The body of the elder Yoo, 73, was discovered in a southern rural area by a resident on June 12. But it was mistaken as a homeless man's despite nearby clues to its identity, and authorities continued their massive manhunt for more than a month, raising public criticism about ineptness of police and prosecutors.

DNA testing confirmed the body was that of the elder Yoo late Tuesday, and the National Forensic Service, South Korea's state-run forensic lab, said today that due to decomposition, it could not determine the cause of his death.

Australia to send police to Ukraine crash site

SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister says his country is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today that Australia has 90 federal police officers in Europe ready to be deployed to the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week.

Abbott says some of the officers could be armed and would be accompanied by members of Australia's defense force.

     

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