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  • The Canadian government reportedly has ordered the slaughter of 19 million farm birds in British Columbia's Fraser Valley as a way of containing the spread of avian flu. However, experts there say that this may not be sufficient to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease.

    It could take up to two months for all the infected poultry to be destroyed.

    So far, about 300,000 of the 500,000 birds known to be diseased have been eradicated.

  • The first of between 30 and 50 7-Eleven stores that will operate in the Beijing region of China is scheduled to open next week, now that the convenience store company has completed a licensing agreement with the government there. The long term goal: 500 stores throughout the country, which is fast becoming both magnet and battleground for foreign retailers.

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