Rebels fired a rocket at a government building in northern Iraq, killing two civilians and wounding 14 others, an official said. The attack brought to 21 the number of people killed in two days of explosions and shootings across the country. \nThe rocket launcher was hidden inside a wooden cart that was wheeled up to a bomb-blast wall surrounding the three-story main government building in the northern city of Mosul, police Sergeant Jassim Mohammed said on Saturday. \nThe rocket struck the top of the wall before falling into the building's courtyard and exploding, he said. \nThe assailants fled the area after the attack. \nThe dead and wounded were taken to Mosul General Hospital, Dr. Ragheed Ghanim said. \nIn the country's south on Saturday, a gunman shot and killed the Iraqi driver of a civilian truck carrying supplies to Japan's military, Japan's Kyodo News agency said. The attack was an apparent robbery attempt, it said. \nJapan's Defense Agency said a civilian truck hired to transport supplies to Japanese troops in Samawah was attacked, but had no other details. Tokyo has dispatched about 1,000 naval, air, and ground forces to help with Iraq's reconstruction. \nIn central Baghdad on Saturday, a bomb exploded on a street as a convoy of sport utility vehicles passed, wounding five Iraqis, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Jones said. It was not clear who was in the cars. US troops sealed off the area after the blast. \nFighting Friday in the city of Fallujah, about 55km west of Baghdad, left one US Marine dead and seven wounded, a US spokesman in Baghdad said. The Marines and guerrillas fought for hours in the alleys of the city, which has resisted American efforts to pacify it since the ouster of Saddam Hussein a year ago. \nThe 1st Marine Expeditionary Force issued a statement saying it was "conducting offensive operations ... to foster a secure and stable environment for the people." It went on to say that "some have chosen to fight. Having elected their fate, they are being engaged and destroyed." \nA freelance cameraman for the US network ABC television, Burhan Mohammed Mazhour, 34, was shot in the head and killed while filming the clashes. It was unclear who killed him. \nFour other Iraqis were killed and six wounded in the fighting, said a doctor at Fallujah hospital, Diyaa al-Jumailee. Witnesses said the dead included a shop owner, a customer and two bystanders. \nThis week, US Marines took over authority in Fallujah and surrounding areas from the US Army. The city on the banks of the Euphrates River is in the so-called Sunni Triangle, where support for Saddam was strong and rebel attacks on American forces are frequent. \nEarlier Friday, four members of the US-trained Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, or ICDC, also were killed while raiding a hideout near Saddam's hometown of Tikrit with US soldiers, the American military said. Three suspected rebels also died and 21 were captured in the raid. \nIn the town of Shwan, near the northern city of Kirkuk, four people en route to a wedding died when the vehicles they were riding in struck an anti-tank mine. The explosion injured 12 other people, police said. \nGunmen shot and killed an Iraqi police officer late Friday while he was walking home in Kirkuk, Fhadila Rashid, an official at the city's morgue, said on Saturday.
Sitting in a lotus position, four men weave glittering beads through gold thread on an organza sheet, carefully constructing a wedding dress that would soon wow crowds at Paris Fashion Week. For once, the French couturier behind the design, Julien Fournie, is determined to put these craftsmen in the spotlight. His new collection, which showed in Paris on Tuesday, was entirely made with fabrics from Mumbai. He said that a sort of “design imperialism” means that French fashion houses often play down that their fabrics are made outside France. “The houses which don’t admit it are perhaps afraid of losing their clientele,” Fournie
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