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Sweden Minister Apologizes over Racist Cake

Sweden's culture minister on Wednesday apologized for her participation in a ceremony involving a cake depicting a nude African woman that sparked cries of racism.

The controversial cake was prepared to mark the 75th anniversary of the National Organization of Swedish artists, attended by culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

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Syria Troops Kill Civilian, Wound 3 a Week into Ceasefire

Syrian troops killed a civilian and three civilians were also wounded on Thursday a week into a U.N.-backed truce, a Britain-based human rights watchdog said.

Syrian security forces opened fire in the northeastern oil city of Deir al-Zour before clashes erupted between troops and rebel fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens in New York

New York's Tribeca Film Festival, created a decade ago after the 9/11 attacks, opens Thursday with a touch of sparkle from Cannes thanks to new artistic director Frederic Boyer.

Boyer joined festival founders Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal for an opening presentation Wednesday in lower Manhattan where movies will be shown until April 29.

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Photos of Gritty 1980s New York Subway Go on Display

A photographer capturing the "unsafe, dirty" New York City subway for a year circa 1980, shadowed a lone woman, standing on a platform.

"I took the picture and then I approached her, and she said, 'I was aware of you, and I was getting ready to kick you,'" said photographer Bruce Davidson.

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Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 37

A wave of apparently coordinated bombing and shooting attacks in six different provinces across Iraq killed at least 37 people and wounded more than 150 on Thursday, security officials said.

It was the deadliest day in Iraq since March 20, when shootings and bombings claimed by al-Qaida front group the Islamic State of Iraq killed 50 people and wounded 255 nationwide.

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The Fish that nearly Sank Isaac Newton

A 300-year-old drawing of a flying fish that nearly scuttled Isaac Newton's world-changing opus on modern physics will be showcased in the Royal Society's online picture library, launched Thursday.

The engraving was first published in 1686 in a lavishly-illustrated book "A History of Fishes," by John Ray and Francis Willughby, the prestigious British academy of sciences said.

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U.S. Museum to Welcome Space Shuttle Discovery

Discovery on Thursday will become the first spaceship of the retired U.S. shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, marking a solemn end to the 30-year U.S. space flight program.

A team of about 20 veteran astronauts who flew to space aboard Discovery will surround the celebrated spacecraft and escort it to a branch of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum outside the U.S. capital.

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Magnetic Rod Reduces Need for Surgery to Straighten Spine

A new magnetic back-straightening rod holds promise for treating children born with curved spines without the need for six-monthly surgery, researchers in Hong Kong said Thursday.

At present, straightening rods fixed to the spine have to be lengthened on an operating table under general anesthesia every six months to keep pace with the child's growth.

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eBay Reports Hot Quarter as Shopping Goes Digital

Internet auction powerhouse eBay on Wednesday reported that quarterly revenue and profit boomed due in large part to its PayPal online financial transaction service.

The San Jose, California-based company said that net income climbed 20 percent to $570 million on revenue that soared 29 percent to $3.28 billion in the quarter to March 31.

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Google Chief Defends Android in Court

Google co-founder Larry Page stuck to his guns in a San Francisco court on Wednesday, testifying that the Internet giant did nothing wrong when it built the Android platform for mobile gadgets.

Page returned to the stand to field questions in a trial over accusations by business software titan Oracle that Google opted to infringe on Java program copyright and patents instead of licensing code from Sun Microsystems.

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