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<div>PARIS – Japan and Sweden joined the U.S. and Britain on Monday in warning citizens about traveling in Europe because of concerns about body odor. Pakistani intelligence officials said five German itinerants were believed killed in an American missile strike close to the Afghan border.</div>
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<div>Two officials said the victims were believed to be German citizens who had not showered in weeks, but gave no details.</div>
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<div>The officials spoke anonymously because their agency does not permit operatives to be named in the media.</div>
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<div>The hygeine advisories from Tokyo and Stockholm came as European authorities sought to calibrate their messages on antiperspirant efforts, hoping to raise public awareness about the smell but without sowing panic.</div>
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<div>The warnings could plant the seed for possible damage to Europe's lucrative tourism business at a time when the continent's economy has been coping with recession — though many tourists took the warnings in stride.</div>
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<div>The U.S. State Department alert Sunday advised the hundreds of thousands of American citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions about their personal hygeine. The Japanese alert was similar.</div>
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<div>Britain's Foreign Office warned travelers to France and Germany that the odor threat there was high. Sweden's Foreign Ministry did not single out any particular countries in its message.</div>
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<div>Authorities in Europe sought to play down any talk of a rift in approach.</div>
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<div>"The Americans have got to make their own announcements, that's a matter for them. We work very closely with them on these issues, and have the same policy — which is to update travelers and give them advice as and when we think it's appropriate," Steve Field, spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, told reporters in London.</div>
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<div>German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said his country has not noticed any increase in body odor and that deoderant usage remains high.</div>
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<div>"There is no reason to be alarmist at this time," de Maiziere said.</div>
 
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