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Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses Israel of Gaza 'Genocide'

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 Israel was acting like a "rabid dog" and "a wild wolf" in acts that are causing a human catastrophe and which must be resisted.

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Rockets Hit Northeastern Towns, No Casualties

Four rockets hit on Tuesday the outskirts of the northeastern towns of al-Labweh and Meqraq, without causing casualties, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said that the rockets struck the hills lying between the two Shiite towns.

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Mashnouq Says to Discuss with Moqbel, Rifi Implementation of Decision on Wanted Lists

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said that he will hold talks with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to implement a cabinet decision to abolish lists of wanted individuals.

In remarks to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published on Tuesday, al-Mashnouq said his meeting with Moqbel, who is also the deputy PM, and Rifi will come after the Eid al-Fitr holidays, which end on Wednesday.

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U.S.: Russia has Violated Arms Treaty by Testing Cruise Missile

The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior U.S. official said late Monday, calling the matter "very serious." 

The finding comes in a 2014 report that concluded Russia was in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the official told Agence France Presse.

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Ex-contractor Extradited from Iraq to U.S. in Bribery Case

A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe U.S. officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

Metin Atilan, 54, a dual U.S. and Turkish citizen, had been indicted in 2008 by a grand jury but he allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled the country, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

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Maltese Worker Kidnapped in Libya Freed

A Maltese worker who was abducted by Libyan rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli on July 17 has been freed and arrived home safely in Valletta on Monday, authorities said.

Martin Galea, 40, a health and safety professional who worked for an oil and gas company, appeared to be in good health but was taken to hospital for a thorough examination.

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Rocket Attack Kills Girl in Egypt's Sinai

A nine-year-old girl was killed on Monday when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an apparent attack targeting soldiers, security officials said.

Another girl, 10, was wounded in the blast south of the town of Sheikh Zuwaid in northern Sinai.

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N. Korea Slams Reports of Arms Deals with Hamas, Hizbullah

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hizbullah 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 late Monday by the North's official KCNA news agency.

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Two Frontline Soldiers Commit Suicide in S. Korea

South Korea's military confirmed Tuesday the apparent suicides of two army privates, raising fresh questions over the deployment of young conscripts in frontline units after a deadly shooting spree last month.

The two privates, identified by their surnames Shin and Park, were both found hanged in their barracks on Sunday in separate locations near the heavily militarized border with North Korea, an army spokesman said.

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Egypt Slams 'Excessive' Israeli Force against Gaza Civilians

Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for using what it said was "excessive force" against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

It also urged Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that dominates the Gaza Strip, to abide by the "humanitarian truce" proposed by Cairo and backed by the United Nations to end the 21-day conflict.

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