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Syrians kill 24 on Ramadan

Syrian forces killed 24 people on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a human rights group has claimed.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of the deaths were in the central city of Hama, the target of a heavy military operation since Sunday.

Protests escalated yesterday, the first day of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

About 1,700 civilians have been killed since anti-regime protests began in mid-March, according to tallies by activists.

Octomum in

boxing contest

"Octomum" Nadya Suleman is looking for a fight, but the gloves will be well and truly on.

Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman has announced that Ms Suleman will be the featured fighter in a bout in Springfield, 90 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts.

Ms Suleman, an unemployed single mother who already had six children, drew worldwide criticism in 2009 when she gave birth to eight babies in California.

Glee's Blaine on Broadway

Producers of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying have turned to TV to find a replacement for Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

Darren Criss of hit show Glee will make his Broadway debut as J Pierrepont Finch for three weeks from January 3. Radcliffe's final performance is set for January 1.

In Glee, Criss plays Blaine Anderson, a gay student at Dalton Academy and the leader of the Warblers, an all-male singing group.

Turtles stowed

in snack boxes

A Japanese man has admitted smuggling 55 live turtles and tortoises into the United States by hiding them in snack food boxes.

Atsushi Yamagami (39) faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 31. Another man involved in the operation, Norihide Ushirozako, pleaded guilty on May 23.

The men, both from Osaka, were arrested in January at Los Angeles International Airport.