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15 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

Bomb attacks in central Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 on Saturday, security officials and a doctor said.

The latest bombings came two days after triple blasts killed 19 people in the southern port city of Basra.

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U.N.: Syria Needs Food but Not Humanitarian Corridors

The United Nations said Friday that international help is needed to feed 1.5 million people in crisis-torn Syria, but humanitarian corridors were not yet justified.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said almost three million people out of Syria's population of about 20.5 million had been affected by the deadly crackdown on protests launched by President Bashar Assad since March.

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Pakistan: ‘Unprovoked’ NATO Air Attack Kills 26 Troops

Pakistan accused NATO on Saturday of killing up to 26 soldiers in air strikes, protesting in the strongest terms to the U.S. and sealing its border to NATO supplies bound for Afghanistan.

It was the deadliest NATO attack reported by Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan and looked set to inflame already extremely difficult U.S.-Pakistani relations still reeling from the May killing of Osama bin Laden.

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U.N. Rights Chief Working with Arab League on Syria Case

The U.N.'s human rights chief is in contact with the Arab League over its efforts to end the deadly crackdown on protests in Syria, a U.N. spokesman said Friday.

The League said Thursday it wants U.N. help in its showdown with President Bashar al-Assad, and diplomats said the League may want a U.N. contribution to an international observer mission that Syria is refusing to let in.

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Cairo Protesters Insist Army Quit, Reject New PM

Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday after days of deadly clashes, demanding the military rulers step down and rejecting their choice of new prime minister.

Ahead of elections due to start on Monday despite the political turmoil, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) tasked Kamal al-Ganzouri, 78, a premier under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, to head a new cabinet.

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Panasonic to Build Malaysian Solar Cell Plant

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Friday it would build a new solar cell factory in Malaysia, as it looks abroad to cut production costs caused by the surging yen.

The company said it would spend 45 billion yen ($582 million) on the new factory making cells -- a key component of solar panels -- capable of generating 300 megawatts of power.

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Chinese Firm Rules out Scorpios, Virgos

A Chinese firm has decided Scorpios and Virgos are too moody and critical, telling job seekers with those star signs they need not apply. Capricorns, Pisces and Libras, on the other hand, are welcome.

The unusual requirements are part of a job ad posted at a university in the central city of Wuhuan by an English language training company, and have generated a storm of online controversy since they were uncovered this week.

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Book By Japanese Killer of British Woman to Become Film

A book written by the Japanese man who raped and killed young British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker is to be made into a movie, the producer said Friday.

Most-wanted Tatsuya Ichihashi spent more than two-and-a-half years on the run after the brutal 2007 killing and even had plastic surgery to evade capture.

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Research Shows Prehistoric Man Mastered Deep-Sea Fishing

Australian archaeologists have uncovered evidence that prehistoric humans living 42,000 years ago mastered the art of deep-sea fishing, they revealed Friday.

They also found the world's earliest recorded fish hook, made of shell and dating from between 23,000 and 16,000 years ago, during excavations at the Jerimalai cave site in East Timor.

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Twitter Study Reveals Explosion in Arabic 'Tweeting'

The popularity of Twitter has soared in the Arab world over the past year, a study published Thursday revealed, reflecting the key role of the social networking site in the "Arab Spring" revolutions.

Online Twitter messages, or tweets, in Arabic rocketed from 99,000 a day in October 2010 to over two million last month, social media monitor Semiocast showed in its study into the most popular languages used on the popular site.

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