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WORLD IN BRIEF: More than 50 killed in attacks across Baghdad

More than 50 killed in attacks across Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- Militants struck across the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing more than 50 people, including 32 in a suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims commemorating a revered Shiite saint, Iraqi police said.

The attacks -- the deadliest of which occurred in northern Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah -- offered a clear indication of the push by insurgents to exploit Iraq's political vacuum and destabilize the country as U.S. troops head home.

Police said the bloody suicide bombing that killed 32 and wounded more than 90 people, split the hot Wednesday evening air as Shiite pilgrims were about to cross a bridge leading to the a shrine in the Shiite Kazimiyah neighborhood where a revered imam is buried.

Germany takes legal steps over Facebook

BERLIN -- A German data protection official said Wednesday he launched legal proceedings against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal data of people who don't use the social networking site.

Johannes Caspar, head of the Hamburg office for data protection, said it had initiated legal steps that could result in Facebook being fined tens of thousands of euros for saving private information of individuals who don't use the site and haven't granted it access to their details.

''We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws,'' Caspar said in a statement.

NATO airstrike accidentally kills 5 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A botched NATO airstrike killed five Afghan soldiers after they were mistaken for insurgents early Wednesday, highlighting continued weak coordination between international troops and the local security forces they are striving to build.

An Afghan defense official condemned the ''friendly fire'' deaths in the eastern province of Ghazni. They came as three more American troops were reported killed in the south and Britain announced it would turn over control of a violence-plagued southern district to U.S. forces.

U.S. Gen. David Petraeus issued personal condolences to the families of the dead soldiers, a spokesman said.