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  • Desperate Nepalese sleep in open, seek help as aftershocks spread fear
    Desperate Nepalese sleep in open, seek help as aftershocks spread fear 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    By Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 3,200 people and overwhelmed authorities struggled to cope with the disaster. The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the capital, Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city's hospitals. "We are overwhelmed with rescue and assistance requests from all across the country," said Deepak Panda, a member of the country's disaster management. Across Kathmandu and beyond, exhausted families whose homes were either flattened or at risk of collapse laid mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain. More »

  • Death toll in Nepal quake rises to more than 3,200
    Death toll in Nepal quake rises to more than 3,200 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake rose to 3,218 on Monday, two days after the massive quake ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. More »

  • Nepal Quake Homeless Spend Second Night In Open
    Nepal Quake Homeless Spend Second Night In Open 4 hours ago

    People left homeless by the Nepal earthquake are spending a second night out in the open after the devastating tremor killed at least 2,500. The official death toll in the capital Kathmandu rose to 1,152 people but hundreds more are known to have died across the rest of the country after the 7.8 magnitude quake struck on Saturday. Further fatalities were reported in India, Bangladesh and Tibet but there are fears the death toll will rise much further as rescue teams reach isolated areas. On Sunday, a series of aftershocks  - one of 6.7 - sent frightened residents in the devastated Kathmandu Valley running for open ground once again. More »

  • Chaos mars Nepal quake relief operations
    Chaos mars Nepal quake relief operations 5 hours ago

    Thousands of evacuees in Kathmandu angry at government's response as toll rises to more than 2,500 people. More »

  • As nuclear powers meet, NYC rally demands end to weapons
    As nuclear powers meet, NYC rally demands end to weapons 5 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Global activists presented 8 million petitions to the U.N. disarmament chief on Sunday demanding a world free of nuclear weapons, kicking off a conference by world powers to review progress toward eventually achieving total disarmament. More »

  • Desperate Nepalese sleep in open as aftershocks spread fear
    Desperate Nepalese sleep in open as aftershocks spread fear 6 hours ago

    By Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of desperate Nepalese spent another night in the open in the early hours of Monday, terrorised by strong aftershocks that continued to shake the country two days after a massive quake struck, killing almost 2,500 people. Across the capital, Kathmandu, and beyond, exhausted families whose homes were either flattened or at risk of collapse laid mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain. More »

  • Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups
    Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups 7 hours ago

    Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country. More »

  • Officials say heavy rains kill 37 in northwest Pakistan
    Officials say heavy rains kill 37 in northwest Pakistan 8 hours ago

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains and strong winds tore through northwest Pakistan on Sunday, uprooting trees, collapsing buildings and killing at least 37 people, officials said. More »

  • Dozens killed as heavy rains batter north west Pakistan
    Dozens killed as heavy rains batter north west Pakistan 8 hours ago

    Provincial information minister says 35 are dead and 200 injured by wind storm and heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. More »

  • More bad news for Brian Williams: NBC probe shows he 'embellished'  … 8 hours ago

    Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is half-way through his six-month suspension for inflating stories he told about his reporting. The brutal leaks were designed to send the message to Brian Williams and his superlawyer, Robert Barnett: ‘You’re dead. More »

  • Foreign countries, aid agencies race to reach Nepal quake victims 9 hours ago

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International agencies and governments rushed on Sunday to send search and rescue teams, doctors and medicines to Nepal where an earthquake has killed more than 2,400 people and left tens of thousands without food, water or shelter. Teams from India, Pakistan, the United States, China and Israel were already on the spot to help, said the United Nations, as overwhelmed rescuers dug with their hands through the rubble to look for thousands still missing. Other international search teams have or are scheduled to arrive in the capital Kathmandu, with units from Japan, the United States and Britain equipped with sniffer dogs and equipment for heavy lifting. "The priority remains saving lives and immediate search and rescue ongoing," said a report from the office of the U.N. Resident Coordinator in Nepal. More »

  • Correction: Nepal-Earthquake Warning story
    Correction: Nepal-Earthquake Warning story 10 hours ago

    In a story April 26 about a gathering of earthquakes experts a week before the Nepal quake, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one expert. His name is Hari Kumar, not Hari Ghi. The story also misspelled the name of his company, which is GeoHazards International, not Geohazards International. More »

  • Death toll climbs following Nepal quake: Things to Know
    Death toll climbs following Nepal quake: Things to Know 12 hours ago

    The death toll climbed and aftershocks continued a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region, triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest and setting off an urgent aid response. More »

  • Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future
    Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future 15 hours ago

    Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders. More »

  • Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?
    Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan? 20 hours ago

    Ghani's first state visit to New Delhi must focus on clearing up the mixed signals Kabul has been sending. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT 20 hours ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Planeloads of aid material, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries began arriving Sunday in Nepal, a poor Himalayan nation reeling from a powerful earthquake that killed more than 1,900 people and destroyed infrastructure, homes and historical buildings. The disaster's international reach was also apparent on the slopes of Mount Everest where an avalanche triggered by Saturday's earthquake buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to make their summit attempts. At least 17 people died there and 61 were injured. More »

  • Sweets and soup vanish as Pakistan aims for halal export boost
    Sweets and soup vanish as Pakistan aims for halal export boost 20 hours ago

    A shopkeeper arranges sweets at a wholesale market in Lahore More »

  • 'Massive' Earthquake In Nepal Kills Over 1,900
    'Massive' Earthquake In Nepal Kills Over 1,900 22 hours ago

    A powerful earthquake centred in Nepal has killed more than 1,900 people across four countries, flattening houses and temples as well as triggering a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. The epicentre was 50 miles northwest of the capital Kathmandu and 50 miles east of the second city of Pokhara shortly before noon on Saturday. The magnitude 7.9 quake was the strongest in Nepal for 81 years and tremors could be felt hundreds of miles away in northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tibet. At least 300 people were reported dead in Kathmandu and 634 in the Kathmandu Valley. More »

  • Pakistani security agencies to investigate activist's murder 23 hours ago

    Pakistan's military intelligence agencies will investigate the murder of a human rights activist, shot after she hosted a talk on disappearances and killings in Baluchistan province where the army is fighting separatists, the military said on Saturday. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving her Karachi cafe, where she holds art exhibitions and talks, when gunman on a motorcycle attacked her on Friday evening. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the U.S. embassy in Islamabad also condemned the killing. Rights activists accuse the military security agencies of carrying out extra-judicial killings of separatists in the province. More »

  • Toll climbs after powerful quake hits Nepal: Things to Know
    Toll climbs after powerful quake hits Nepal: Things to Know Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The death toll climbed and aftershocks continued a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region, triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest and setting off an urgent aid response. More »

  • Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake
    Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday. Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday. "Our country is in a moment of crisis and we will require tremendous support and aid," he told Indian television. Police said the death toll had reached 1,394, with about 4,700 injured. More »

  • Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake
    Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. More »

  • US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal
    US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake felt in neighboring countries. More »

  • Drone killing accidents reveal Obama’s tough war choices Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or no boundaries), enemies from supposedly friendly countries (including American recruits), the capture and grisly killing of western hostages. More »

  • Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan
    Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. More »

  • Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years
    Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    At least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal, officials say, after a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the country on Saturday. Below is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years. More »

  • Pakistan PM orders probe into killing of activist
    Pakistan PM orders probe into killing of activist Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif orders high-level investigation, as hundred attend funeral of activist Sabeen Mahmud More »

  • Devastation in Nepal
    Devastation in Nepal Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck western Nepal on Saturday, leveling buildings throughout the country and triggering deadly avalanches on Mount Everest. The Nepalese government placed the preliminary death toll in excess of 2,400 people, with 5,900 injured—but both figures are expected to grow. The earthquake is the largest to strike South Asia since 2005, when a tremor in Pakistan-administered Kashmir killed over 80,000. Saturday's earthquake caused extensive damage in and around Kathmandu, Nepal's densely populated capital, and destroyed numerous historic structures. More »

  • Hundreds dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest
    Hundreds dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 900 people Saturday as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. More »

  • The fight for the open skies
    The fight for the open skies Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    What is at stake in the battle over US airlines' allegations of unfair state subsidies to three Persian Gulf carriers? More »

  • Pakistan PM orders probe into killing of rights activist
    Pakistan PM orders probe into killing of rights activist Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the killing of prominent rights activist Sabeen Mahmud who was shot dead minutes after she hosted a seminar on abuses in troubled Baluchistan province. More »

  • TV: 2 dead, 100 injured in Bangladesh from Nepal quake Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A TV report says that two people were killed and more than 100 injured in Bangladesh in an earthquake that originated in Nepal. More »

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans
    Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. More »

  • Quotations in the News Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman." — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner about his gender identity in interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. A spokesman for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Park Seong-shik, said that more than 30,000 people were expected at a series of afternoon rallies denouncing policies they fear will reduce wages, job security and retirement benefits for state employees. More »