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Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants in Urals region

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:34am

People walk past a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in MoscowBy Polina Devitt and Natalia Shurmina MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG Russia (Reuters) - Russia's food safety watchdog is conducting unscheduled checks at McDonald's restaurants in the Ural mountains region of Sverdlovsk, it said on Thursday, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency. The food safety agency cited breaches of sanitary rules by restaurants in the fast food chain, but the action came after Moscow and the West imposed tit-for-tat sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. "Checks were started due to complaints" from customers, Natalya Lukyantseva, an official in the Sverdlovsk region office of the regulatory agency, known in Russian as Rospotrebnadzor, told Reuters.


Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:34am

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, listens during his meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Sitting with clockwise from the far left, Richard Callahan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.


Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:25am

A supporter of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan climbs on a pole and listens to his leader's speech during a protest in Islamabad's high-security "Red Zone," in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Rasheel Sharif asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament, officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.


The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:22am

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:20am

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish ruling party leaders are poised to choose a new party chairman and prime minister to succeed president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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