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  • Japan heatwave kills 15, thousands hospitalised

    TOKYO, July 29- Sweltering summer heat in Japan has left at least 15 people dead over the past week, while more than 8,000 others were rushed to hospital with heatstroke symptoms, official figures showed Tuesday. At least six people died on Saturday alone, when the state... Read more

  • Iran’s supreme leader accuses Israel of Gaza ‘genocide’

    TEHRAN, July 29- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting "the Zionist regime". In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al Fitr, Khamenei said... Read more

  • Japan teen murder accused ‘wanted to dissect’ someone: report

    TOKYO, July 29- A 16 year old Japanese schoolgirl has confessed to decapitating a classmate, police said Tuesday, as she reportedly told investigators she "wanted to dissect" someone. The teenager, whose name was not released as she is a minor, was arrested Sunday on suspicion... Read more

  • N. Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

    SEOUL, July 29- North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hezbollah as "sheer fiction" and a "sinister" effort to link Pyongyang to Middle East disputes. The rebuttal from the foreign ministry was carried in a statement... Read more

  • Malaysia air quality ‘unhealthy’ as haze obscures skies

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 29- Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies. Kuala Lumpur residents wore face masks as protection from the choking smog, while visibility... Read more