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Japan: Mass stabbing leaves 19 feared dead

The scene of the mass stabbing in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. Credit: Reuters

At least 19 people are feared dead and 45 are injured after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in Japan, the country's national broadcaster NHK reported.

Police arrested Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year old former employee at the facility, Japanese media said.

Media reports said the man, wearing a black T-shirt, did not have a knife when he turned himself in at a nearby police station.

Local newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying: "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

At least 15 people were confirmed dead, while four were in cardiac arrest.

The wounded were taken to at least six hospitals in the western Tokyo area.


Image released of alleged Ansbach suicide bomber

Image of alleged Ansbach bomber. Credit: Amaq News Agency/SITE

An image of the 27-year-old Syrian man suspected of killing himself and injuring 15 others in an explosion in the German city of Ansbach has been released by Amaq News Agency.

The news agency is associated with the so-called Islamic State. Authorities said the attacker pledged allegiance to the group.


Bosporus Bridge to be renamed after attempted coup

Turkey's military blocked access to the Bosporus Bridge on July 15, 2016. Credit: Depo Photos / PA

Istanbul's famous Bosporus Bridge will be renamed to honour the civilians who died resisting Turkey's coup attempt, prime minister Binali Yildirim has said.

The decision to name the bridge July 15th Martyr's Bridge, was taken after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Mr Yildrim also confirmed monuments will be built in Ankara and Istanbul to remember the civilians killed in the attempted coup.

The uprising on July 15 left 290 people dead. Many of those killed were supporters of the government who rushed onto the streets, with several killed on the bridge.

The government have detained over 13,000 people in the judiciary, military and other institutions following the foiled coup, as well as declaring a three-month state of emergency.

No UK-US trade deal 'until Britain's EU relationship clearer'

Michael Froman met with Liam Fox on Monday Credit: Reuters

America will not negotiate a new trade deal with Britain until the UK's future relationship with the European Union becomes clearer.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday that the two countries cannot launch negotiations on bilateral trade and investment deals until more is known about any newly-shaped agreement between Britain and Europe.

Speaking to British counterpart Liam Fox, Mr Froman said the "United States will be prepared to engage in conversations with the United Kingdom about how to develop our trade and investment relationship in the best way at the appropriate time".

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the UK would not rush its exit from the EU.

Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European bloc over a month ago.

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