August 4, 2013 1:20 PM
On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East were closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official provided new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is "going to be big" and "strategically significant." New Zealand?s trade minister said China has stopped imports of all milk powder from New Zealand and Australia, after bacteria that can cause botulism was found in some dairy products and raised safety concerns, particularly in the infant formula market. The dairy giant Fonterra, which is based in New Zealand, identified eight companies to which it had sold contaminated whey protein concentrate that was exported to China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Saudi Arabia The Israeli Cabinet expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation.