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Mr. al-Swehli has ordered his Tripoli-based militia, originally from Misrata, to join others who have surrounded parts of Bani Walid.

The government gave Bani Walid’s leaders until Friday to hand over suspects linked to the torture of Misrata resident Omran Shaaban.

Mr. Shaaban, hailed as the first rebel fighter to find Gadhafi last October, died of wounds he sustained at the hands of Bani Walid captors last week.


Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak

THE HAGUE — Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands, sparking major recalls there and in the United States, Dutch health authorities said Tuesday.

U.S. health authorities say they also are investigating possible effects from the salmon from the country.

The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to the Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the United States.

The institute said in a statement that about 200 people — and likely more — in the Netherlands and more than 100 people in the U.S. have been sickened by a strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Thompson.


Vandals strike Jerusalem church

JERUSALEM — Vandals scribbled anti-Christian graffiti on the outer walls of one of Jerusalem’s best-known churches early Tuesday, Israeli police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the vandals defaced a wall leading to the Church of the Dormition. The century-old structure is built on the site where tradition says the Virgin Mary died.

The graffiti, which read “Jesus, son of a whore, price tag,” had been removed by midmorning, Mr. Rosenfeld said.

He said police are searching for the assailants, though suspicion has fallen on a fringe group of pro-settler Jewish extremists who have carried out similar vandalism on churches, mosques and Israeli army property. They say the acts are in response to what they consider pro-Palestinian policies by the Israeli government, a form of retribution they call a “price tag.”

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