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BAGHDAD -- More than 50 people were poisoned at a wedding in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk on Wednesday evening due to spoiled food, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

The INA quoted the provincial health chief Ziyad Khalaf as saying that the incident occurred in the town of Hawija, west of Kirkuk, the capital city of the cognominal province. (Iraq-Wedding-Poisoning)

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JERUSALEM -- The highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as bird flu, was detected in northern Israel, the state's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said in a statement on Wednesday.

The viral disease was discovered in a petting zoo in the village of Sde Yaakov in the Jezreel Valley, and about 250 birds, including peacocks, ducks, pigeons, and ornamental chickens, were infected. (Israel-Bird Flu)

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NEW YORK -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted Off West Coast of Northern Sumatra at 17:47:23 GMT on Wednesday, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 0.97 degrees north latitude and 93.14 degrees east longitude. (Northern Sumatra-Earthquake)

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ATHENS -- Greece's Piraeus Port Authority S.A. (PPA S.A.), which runs the country's largest port, posted record high profits and turnover in the first half of fiscal year 2023, the company said on Wednesday.

The company's profits before taxes increased by 48.8 percent to 49.4 million euros (51.9 million U.S. dollars), compared to 33.2 million euros in the same period of 2022, according to an e-mailed press release. (Greece-Port-Turnover)

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JERUSALEM -- Five people, all in a family, were killed Wednesday in a shooting in an Arab town in northern Israel, the latest in a wave of violence sweeping through Arab communities across the country.

Israeli police said in a statement that five people were shot dead in a house in Basmat Tab'un, a Bedouin town in northern Israel. The victims were identified by Israel's state-owned Kan TV as two teen brothers, a woman in her 40s and her 25-year-old son, and another male relative. (Israel-Shooting-Arab Community) Enditem

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