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Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

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Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

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The logo of Groupe Lactalis is seen as Head of Communication & External Relations, Michel Nalet attends a press conference in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized French diary giant Lactalis after major supermarkets admitted this week that baby food recalled over fears of salmonella contamination still made it onto French shelves. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30.

In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, the president of Lactalis, Emmanuel Besnier, said that more than 12 million boxes of infant milk products are now concerned. They represent all lots from the Lactalis factory in Craon, northwest France, where the salmonella bacteria was discovered in December.

The move comes after Besnier met Friday with France's economy minister — and a bungled recall operation whose responsibility remains unclear.

The paper said 35 babies were diagnosed with salmonella in France, one in Spain and a possible case in Greece.

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Sam Rockwell drops f-bomb on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Sam Rockwell drops f-bomb on 'Saturday Night Live'

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Actor Sam Rockwell on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 13, 2018.

The Twittersphere lit up Saturday night after Sam Rockwell accidentally dropped the F-bomb during a "Saturday Night Live" sketch.

In the eyebrow-raising sketch, guest host Rockwell plays a science teacher in a lab with a pair students.

One of the students, played by cast member Mikey Day, can't seem to grasp the task at hand, so Rockwell's character says to the boy, "You can't be this f—— stupid."

The subsequent Mountain Time and Central Time airings of "SNL" were expletive-free.

Rockwell never breaks out of character — nor does Day or Cecily Strong, who plays the other student — but Rockwell does immediately cover his mouth after uttering the profanity.

A rep for "Saturday Night Live" declined to comment on Rockwell's slip of the tongue. ABC News has also sought comment from the actor's publicist.

Yow! Sam Rockwell just dropped the f-bomb live on @nbcsnl – on live coast to coast TV! pic.twitter.com/mHGWxN7jw7

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Rockwell isn't the only one to drop the F-bomb on "Saturday Night Live."

Guest host Kristen Stewart said the expletive last year.

In 2012, guest host Samuel L. Jackson said both "f—" and "bull—-."

And in 2009, cast member Jenny Slate said the F-word during a sketch. It was her first season with the show. She was fired after the conclusion of the season.

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Pope: It’s a sin if fear makes us hostile to migrants

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Pope: It's a sin if fear makes us hostile to migrants

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A family walks on the altar in front of Pope Francis on the occasion of a Mass on the world day for migrants and refugees, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has defined hostility and rejection of refugees and migrants as sin, encouraging people to overcome their "fully comprehensible" fears that these new arrivals might "disturb the established order" of local communities.

At his invitation, several thousand migrants, refugees and immigrants from 49 countries joined Francis at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, a day the Catholic Church dedicated to the issues and contributions of those who leave homelands in hope of a better life.

New arrivals must "know and respect the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in," he said. Local communities must "open themselves without prejudices to their rich diversity, to understand the hopes and potential of the newly arrived as well as their fears and vulnerabilities."

"It is not easy to enter into another culture, to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us, to understand their thoughts and their experiences," Francis said.

"As a result, we often refuse to encounter the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves. Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived with disturb the established order, will 'steal' something they have long labored to build up."

Similarly, he said, newcomers also are afraid: "of confrontation, judgment, discrimination, failure."

"These fears are legitimate, based on doubts that are fully comprehensible from a human point of view," Francis continued in his homily.

"Having doubts and fears is not a sin," the pope said. "The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection."

Francis elaborated: "The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbor," instead of seeing it as a "privileged opportunity" to encounter God.

In his almost five-year-old papacy, Francis has stressed the Catholic church's mission to welcome vulnerable and marginalized people. His focus comes as wealthier countries, including several European Union nations and the U.S., are intent on increasing physical or legal barriers to migrants.

Later, greeting about 25,000 people in St. Peter's Square, Francis advocated responding to the migrations that "today are a sign of our times" in four ways: "welcome, protect, promote and integrate" migrants.

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Frances D'Emilio is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilio

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Turkey vows to attack Kurdish enclave in Syria within ‘days’

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Turkey vows to attack Kurdish enclave in Syria within 'days'

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Bingol, eastern Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Erdogan has said Turkey will oust Kurdish militants from Afrin, northern Syria, as the military shelled the area from across the border. Turkey considers the YPG a terror group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency within its own borders. (Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey's president says it will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days."

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday the operation against the Afrin enclave will aim to "purge terror" from his country's southern border.

Afrin is controlled by a Kurdish militia known as the YPG, which Turkey views as a terror group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.

Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey's 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combatting the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. Turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on both sides of Afrin.

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‘SNL’ Tackles Trump’s “Racist” Immigration Comments on “Weekend Update”

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'SNL' Tackles Trump's "Racist" Immigration Comments on "Weekend Update"

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"My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn't exactly news anymore," Michael Che said on the segment.

Host Sam Rockwell was not the only one who got to curse on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

"The book Fire and Fury, a salacious exposé of the Trump White House, was released last week, and this week the sequel wrote itself," Colin Jost joked to open the "Weekend Update" segment of the show. "During an Oval Office meeting, Trump attacked protections for immigrants from African countries that he called 's-holes,'" he explained. "That's what NBC asked us to say, by the way, 's-hole' — even though the president can say 'shithole.' Oops."

Continued Jost, "I feel bad for parents with young children — every word you tell them not to say, they can say [back], 'But the president gets to say it!'" He also pointed out that Trump made the comment right before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "It's like pounding a case of beer before rehab. Now I'm just worried about what he's going to say the day before Passover."

"Weekend Update" co-host Michael Che added in his thoughts: "Can I be honest? When someone asks me, 'Did you hear what Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa?' I was like, 'Oh boy, did it start with an 'n?' But then I heard what he said, and I was like, 'That's it?' I've said that about countries for not having a CVS. Here's the thing: My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn't exactly news anymore."

During a meeting with lawmakers earlier this week about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from "shithole countries." The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti.

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‘SNL’ Tackles Trump’s “Racist” Immigration Comments on Weekend Update

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'SNL' Tackles Trump's "Racist" Immigration Comments on Weekend Update

"My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn't exactly news anymore," Michael Che said on the segment.

Host Sam Rockwell was not the only one who got to curse on SNL tonight.

"The book Fire and Fury, a salacious expose of the Trump White House, was released last week, and this week the sequel wrote itself," Colin Jost joked to open the Weekend Update segment of the show. "During an Oval Office meeting, Trump attacked protections for immigrants from African countries that he called 's-holes,'" Jost explained. "That's what NBC asked us to say, by the way, 's-hole' even though the president can say 'shithole.' Oops."

He continued, "I feel bad for parents with young children — every word you tell them not to say, they can say [back], 'But the president gets to say it!'" He also pointed out that Trump made the comment right before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "It's like pounding a case of beer before rehab. Now I'm just worried about what he's going to say the day before Passover."

Jost's fellow host Michael Che added in his thoughts, too. "Can I be honest? When someone asks me, 'Did you hear what Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa?' I was like, 'Oh boy, did it start with an 'n?' But then I heard what he said, and I was like, 'That's it?' I've said that about countries for not having a CVS. Here's the thing. My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn't exactly news anymore."

During a meeting with lawmakers earlier this week about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, the president reportedly questioned why the United States would want to admit more people from "shithole countries." The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti.

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Israeli premier on 6-day visit to India to deepen ties

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Israeli premier on 6-day visit to India to deepen ties

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, is welcomed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival at Palam airport in New Delhi Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defense, trade and energy ties. (AP Photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defense, trade and energy ties.

During his six-day stay the two countries are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation and film production, India's External Affairs Ministry said. They're also expected to review progress in implementing agreements on cooperation in technology, water and agriculture that were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel last year, the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel.

Before leaving for India, Netanyahu told reporters in Israel that the trip "serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas."

"We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power," he said.

The visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations, but comes just weeks after India voted in favor of a U.N. resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, played down India's vote.

"I think that the relationship is much stronger than one vote at the U.N.," he said.

Bilateral trade between the countries has skyrocketed from $200 million in 1992, when India and Israel established diplomatic ties, to $4.16 billion in 2016. But that remains far below Israel's nearly $40 billion in annual trade with its largest partners, the United States and the European Union.

Still there are irritants in the growing relationship, including India's cancellation of a $500 million anti-tank missile deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. It wasn't clear why India scrapped the deal before the contract was signed.

During the Cold War, India didn't have open relations with Israel, leaning heavily in favor of the Palestinians. But over the past quarter century, the two countries have developed close ties.

Carmon said that Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

"The relationship is an all-weather relationship," he told reporters Friday, adding it was "so strong and so important to both countries that our feeling is that nothing can reverse it."

He said Netanyahu was bringing with him 130 businesspeople, "which reflects the enthusiasm in Israel to do more business with India."

Modi received Netanyahu at New Delhi airport on Sunday. Netanyahu's office put out an announcement saying that Modi's greeting was a "surprise welcome" because a Cabinet minister had been scheduled to attend instead.

"I very much appreciate the gesture," Netanyahu said.

On Monday, Netanyahu will have formal discussions with Modi and call on President Ram Nath Kovind as well as attend an India-Israel CEO Forum Meeting.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders, Indian business leaders and representatives of the Bollywood film industry. Netanyahu will also visit Modi's home state of Gujarat in western India.

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Sam Rockwell Drops F-Bomb in ‘SNL’ Debut

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Sam Rockwell Drops F-Bomb in 'SNL' Debut

Sam Rockwell on 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor played a scientist in the bit, which also starred Mikey Day and Cecily Strong.

Sam Rockwell made quite the first impression during his time hosting Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

In a bit titled "Science Room," the actor played a scientist holding a demonstration for two kids. While doing an experiment with oil and water, his character asked the kids (played by Mikey Day and Cecily Strong), "You put the oil into the water, and the oil is…?" One of the kids, named Josh, answered, "False?" At which point Rockwell starts losing his temper, and replied, "This isn't a true-or-false, Josh — you can't be this fucking stupid!"

Rockwell presumably noticed his mistake, putting his hand briefly over his mouth. He then went on to yell, "Come on! Just look at it! The oil went down into the water and then it went back to the…," at which point, the kids interrupt with, "Back to the Future?"

It was the Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri star's first time hosting the show. The musical guest was Halsey.

See a clip of the moment posted by a viewer below.

That moment when Sam Rockwell drops an F bomb on live tv on #SNL pic.twitter.com/fDtXFWoFNi

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