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Sick cattle footage prompts recall of US beef

The United States has ordered the largest recall of beef in its history following the release of video footage showing downed cattle – a term used to describe animals who collapse and are too ill to stand back up – being abused on their way to a Californian meat processing plant.

Raw beef with deep-fried artichokes and agretti

Serves 4

Fight against funding for terrorists founders on eighth-century system

As Arab banks try to stop illicit money transfers, the ancient 'hawala' network keeps the criminal channels open

Terror Vision: The 9/11 aftermath

9/11 and its aftermath have kept US and British TV dramatists very busy. But do the likes of 'Spooks' and '24' reflect the 'war on terror' as it is? Or are these series following a more sinister script? By Adam Sweeting

Blair promises extra cash for frontline troops

Tony Blair has signalled that British soldiers fighting abroad will receive extra cash payments. He made the announcement as two journalists were killed in Afghanistan in a renewed escalation of violence. Mr Blair said in an interview that he was looking at a "package" of additional support for front-line troops.

Independent Families: 'We'd like to get our walking boots on'

Q. My wife and I once went on a hiking tour of southern Italy, which we both really enjoyed. Since having children we haven't been able to pursue this kind of holiday; however, now our offspring are a little older, we were wondering if there are any walking tours for families? They are aged six and nine and are pretty energetic and affable so group trips aren't out of the question. We would be interested in any European destinations that aren't overly hot during summer. Can you help?

Dowie served with Palace writ after taking reins at Charlton

Iain Dowie became the manager of Charlton Athletic yesterday and was immediately issued with a writ by his former employer Simon Jordan, the Crystal Palace chairman, alleging that Dowie had lied about his reasons for leaving Selhurst Park.

Reid admits that he misled MPs over release of offenders

John Reid faced severe embarassment over the foreign prisoner fiasco last night after admitting that a murderer, a rapist and a paedophile had been freed on bail just days after being arrested by police.

Racing: St Patrick's week

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Traffic jam roast beef and blue cheese salad

Serves 4

Racing: Supreme power turns up the heat on Beef

BEEF OR SALMON went into yesterday's Hennessy Gold Cup as the 8-15 favourite and with a reputation as the horse most likely to deny Best Mate a fourth Cheltenham Gold Cup victory next month. He emerged from the Leopardstown race with his status greatly battered but also with the excuse of a sore throat to mollify his supporters, writes John Cobb.
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