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Facebook Sued for $1 Billion Over ‘Third Intifada’ Page

Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg have been hit with a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages over a page on the social network which called for a "Third Intifada" against Israel.

Facebook this week shut down the "Third Intifada" page, which had almost 500,000 fans, but the lawsuit filed in a court here claims that the social network showed "negligence" by not quickly responding to appeals to remove the page.

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Several Killed as Thousands Defy Assad to Protest in Syria

Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters on Friday north of Damascus and in the south of the country, killing at least nine people, a witness and a human rights activist said, as thousands of Syrians staged demonstrations after Friday prayers.

At least eight protesters fell in Douma, 15 kilometers north of the Syrian capital when police opened fire after protesters emerging from a mosque pelted them with stones, the witness told Agence France Presse by telephone.

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Huge Rival Demos Split Yemen Capital in Two

Huge rival protests split the Yemeni capital as security forces staged an unprecedented deployment in another Friday showdown on the streets between supporters and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Amid fears of an outbreak of violence, tens of thousands of pro-regime supporters waving flags and banners gathered in squares around Sanaa, passing through checkpoints set up by security forces kitted with guns and batons.

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Germany Says ‘Military Means’ Not the Answer in Libya

Germany's foreign minister said Friday the situation in Libya could not be solved through "military means" and called for a ceasefire, amid a NATO-led air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Guido Westerwelle made the comments after meeting his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in Beijing on an official trip that will be followed by a visit to disaster-struck Japan.

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Netanyahu under Israeli Watchdog Investigation

Israel's government watchdog announced on Thursday he would investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid accusations private businessmen paid for lavish trips for him and his family.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said he would probe whether the funding for the trips did not "contravene accepted norms of conflict of interest for ministers."

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U.S. Urges Americans to Consider Leaving Syria

The United States urged Americans on Thursday to avoid travel to Syria and advised those already there to consider leaving a country that is reeling from weeks of deadly political unrest.

"We urge U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Syria at this time. U.S. citizens currently in Syria should consider departing," the State Department said in a statement.

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Iran FM Dubs as 'Conspiracy' Kuwait Verdicts against Alleged Spies

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Thursday dismissed as a "conspiracy" against Muslim countries the death sentence announced by Kuwait against spies allegedly linked to Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Salehi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammed al-Sabah, who had earlier announced that an unspecified number of Iranian diplomats would be expelled for alleged spying since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Gadhafi: West Has Started Something it Cannot Control

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warned on Thursday that the West has started something in Libya which it cannot control, the state news agency JANA reported.

"They have started something dangerous, something they cannot control. It will be out of their control no matter what methods of destruction they have at their disposal," Gadhafi said.

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Assad Orders Immediate Probe into Daraa, Latakia Deaths

Syria is launching an immediate probe into the deaths of "civilians and troops" in Daraa and Latakia, two cities that have emerged as the focal points of protests, state media reported Thursday.

"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has charged the head of the judges' council with forming a committee to begin an investigation, effective immediately, into the deaths of civilians and troops in the governorates of Daraa and Latakia," read a report on the state-run news agency SANA.

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Qatar Says Arab Inaction in Libya Led to West Strikes

The West intervened in Libya after the Arab League, many of whose members also face revolts, failed to live up to its duty to protect civilians, Qatar's emir said in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani told Al-Jazeera television, based in Doha, he hoped the 22-member organization would now step up and meet its responsibility "amidst the ongoing changes" sweeping the region.

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