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North Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

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.

Japan: Teen murder accused 'wanted to dissect' someone; victim found decapitated

The 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, whose name was not released as she is a minor, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering her 15-year-old female classmate, after police discovered the dismembered body on a bed in the suspect's home.

Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese anti-trust probe

Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest US company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.

'EU, US to impose new sanctions against Russia'

The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

Israel knocks out Gaza grid, digs in for long fight

Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict.

Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns

The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history.

Vietnam's 'little tiger' snack gives cat owners the jitters

There are dozens of restaurants serving cat in Hanoi and it is rare to see felines roaming the streets — most pet-owners keep them indoors or tied up out of fear of cat thieves.

N Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Muslims mark gloomy Eid amid MH17 crash, Gaza offensive

Muslims in Asia marked a grim Eid al-Fitr on Monday, overshadowed by several air tragedies, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and conflicts in Gaza and Pakistan. "Hundreds of people are being killed every day in Islamic countries," said Hamid Karzai.

Malaysia Airlines mulling name change to boost reputation

The Malaysian flag carrier, majority-owned by the government, is likely to change its name as part of a radical overhaul and also seek new investors to rebuild its business after two major tragedies within six months killing 537 people, The Telegraph reported.

Kerry to focus on India-US ties in his speech today

US secretary of state John Kerry is expected to set relations with India in a new perspective, perhaps even try to reinvigorate it, in a speech Monday, ahead of his coming visit.

Pilots of Air Algerie jet wanted to turn back: France

France said on Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back, in a new development to a tough probe into the tragedy.

Kerry lays stress on Modi's 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikaas' growth slogan

Calling India an indispensable partner, US secretary of state John Kerry said the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of the bilateral relationship were needed to solve some of world's greatest challenges.

ISIS opens 'marriage bureau' for women who want to tie the knot with its fighters

The jihadists are operating an office from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for 'single women and widows who would like to marry ISIS fighters', said a human rights group.

Iran's supreme leader calls Israel a 'rabid dog'

Khamenei called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting 'the Zionist regime'. Israel PM Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.
Gaza's sole power plant knocked out by Israeli strike
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