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McDonald's UK eats up profit rise

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Medium Raw, By Anthony Bourdain

"I'm still a cranky old fuck," declares Bourdain, at the end of this book of memoirs-cum-pensées. "And I'm still angry." Well, who'd have guessed?

French children infected by E.coli in burgers

Eight children have been admitted to hospital in northern France after eating beef burgers infected with a strain of E.coli bacteria.

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