Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, July 4

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MUMBAI -- Death toll from a wall collapse on Tuesday night in India's financial capital Mumbai has risen to 27, according to the Disaster Management Cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Thursday.

Of the people rescued, 71 were injured and are recuperating in four civic hospitals, and 23 have been discharged, said the Disaster Management Cell. (India-Wall Collapse)

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MUMBAI -- Death toll from a dam breach on Tuesday night in India's western state of Maharashtra has risen to 16, while eight people are missing, the district administration said on Thursday morning.

The Tiware dam, with a capacity of 2.4 million cubic meters on a rivulet, developed a rupture after heavy rains on Tuesday night flooded the seven downstream villages and hamlets within minutes. (India-Dam Breach)

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ISLAMABAD -- Eight dead bodies retrieved from a lake after a boat carrying over 50 people capsized in Pakistan's northwest Haripur city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local media and officials said Thursday.

Arab Gul, an assistant commissioner of the city, said 15 people have been rescued so far while divers were searching for dozens of others, adding that four children were among the people who lost their lives in the Wednesday's unfortunate incident. (Pakistan-Boat Capsizing)

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SYDNEY -- A collaboration between Australian and Indian scientists has identified a common gene shared by sufferers of schizophrenia, prompting hopes for a better understanding of the disease and how to treat it.

Professor Rangaswamy Thara, co-founder and director of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation in Chennai, India, and Professor Bryan Mowry from Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, joined forces to study a population of 3,000 schizophrenia patients in India - revealing the presence of a common genetic variation. (Australia-Schizophrenia)

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CANBERRA -- Smoking is killing 17 Australians every day through preventable heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions, a study has found.

The most in-depth study of its kind by a team from Australian National University (ANU) found that smokers have triple the risk of dying from cardiovascular risk and double the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. (Australia-Smoking) Enditem

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