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India woke up Thursday with about half of its bandwidth disrupted and widespread Internet outages still hampering a wide swath of the Middle East. Because of bad weather, officials said it would take a week or more to fix two undersea Internet cables off Egypt's coast. Despite speculation that a ship's anchor may have cut the cables, an Egyptian telecommunications official said that workers won't know for sure the cause until they are able to get repair ships and divers to the area.

A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday inside a mosque in southern Afghan-istan, killing a deputy provincial governor and five other worshipers in the latest assassination of a senior official in President Hamid Karzai's government, officials said. Militants launched more than 140 suicide missions in 2007, the highest number since the ouster of the Taliban in the US-led invasion of 2001.

The Japanese government questioned China's attitude to food safety Thursday after dozens more people in Japan said they fell ill after eating Chinese-made food. A day before, Japanese food companies recalled pesticide-contaminated dumplings that set off a series of complaints. Chinese officials said that production and exports from the dumpling manufacturer were halted and that an export watchdog agency was conducting a "speedy investigation."

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