Syrian tanks and troops have been in action again in the northwest of the country, moving into a village near the border with Turkey and a town near the border with Lebanon. Activists said many people were detained. Thousands of Syrians have fled into Turkey and Lebanon in recent weeks to escape the military campaign against anti-government protests.
The French authorities say an outbreak of E. coli in the city of Bordeaux appears to be linked to a charity event two weeks ago, at which soups were served sprinkled with rocket and mustard seed sprouts. Christian Fraser reports from Paris.
This latest outbreak has been linked to one leisure centre in the suburbs of Bordeaux. Eight people who've fallen ill had attended a charity event there two weeks ago, at which they'd been served soups including a gazpacho that was sprinkled with rocket and mustard sprouts grown in pots. Five of the patients admitted to hospital are now suffering severe kidney problems, two of them infected with a highly virulent strain, similar to the one that killed 40 people in Germany, though as yet, there's no evidence of a direct link between the two outbreaks.
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An official in Sri Lanka has appealed to families in the north to protect underage girls from sex traffickers. Earlier this week, nine women including two underage girls were rescued from a brothel in the capital Colombo. Jill McGivering reports.