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  • Dozens Trapped After Nepal Earthquake
    Dozens Trapped After Nepal Earthquake Sky News - 9 minutes ago

    A magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal has caused extensive damage in the capital Kathmandu, bringing down buildings and walls. A 15-year-girl was killed in a building collapse in India near the Nepal border, while another child died when a statue fell in a park outside Kathmandu. Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal has told India's NDTV station that rescue teams are at the scene. More »

  • Eurozone hopes Greek criticism will bear fruit
    Eurozone hopes Greek criticism will bear fruit Associated Press - 14 minutes ago

    Greece's European creditors expressed the hope Saturday that the criticism the country's finance minister faced over his failure to present an economic reform plan on time will prompt a positive response ... More »

  • Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries
    Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries Associated Press - 15 minutes ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful, 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, collapsing houses, leveling centuries-old temples and cutting open roads in the worst tremor in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years. More »

  • Gunmen kill activist in Pakistan after Baluchistan event
    Gunmen kill activist in Pakistan after Baluchistan event Associated Press - 17 minutes ago

    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 »

  • Top eurozone official hopes Greek criticism will bear fruit
    Top eurozone official hopes Greek criticism will bear fruit Associated Press - 42 minutes ago

    The eurozone's top official hopes the criticism Greece's finance minister has faced over the country's failure to present an economic reform plan on time will prompt a positive response soon. Jeroen Dijsselbloem ... More »

  • Starbucks: Computer outage fixed; stores to reopen Saturday
    Starbucks: Computer outage fixed; stores to reopen Saturday Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    A computer outage hit thousands of Starbucks stores Friday, and some gave away free drinks before many closed early to the dismay of caffeine-craving patrons. The company said the outage was resolved Friday ... More »

  • Buildings collapse, at least two killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India - wi …
    Buildings collapse, at least two killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India - wi … Reuters - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude, and only 2 km deep, struck east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday causing buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs and arms were being rushed in for treatment. A girl died after a statue fell on her in a park in Kathmandu, a witness said, while another died in India when her house collapsed. A Reuters reporter in Kathmandu said he had seen some buildings collapse and walls of several houses reduced to rubble. More »

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans
    Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans Associated Press - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    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 »

  • Magnitude 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal: USGS
    Magnitude 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal: USGS AFP - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said, with strong tremors felt across the Himalayan nation and large parts of India and Bangladesh. More »

  • Qaeda, allies overrun Syria govt holdout in northwest
    Qaeda, allies overrun Syria govt holdout in northwest AFP - 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    Fighters of Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies overran the last major government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive
    Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive AFP - 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    Families of foreign drug convicts set to be hauled before the firing squad in Indonesia issued desperate mercy pleas on Saturday, as France warned of "diplomatic consequences" if one of its nationals is executed. More »

  • Togo votes for a new president
    Togo votes for a new president AFP - 2 hours 4 minutes ago

    Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century. More »

  • How the Armenians came to live among Arabs
    How the Armenians came to live among Arabs Al Jazeera - 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    The Arab communities who helped Armenian refugees 100 years ago are now hosting different traumatised refugees. More »

  • Prominent Pakistani rights activist killed
    Prominent Pakistani rights activist killed Al Jazeera - 2 hours 21 minutes ago

    In latest blow to civil society, Sabeen Mahmud shot shortly after hosting event on Balochistan's "disappeared people". More »

  • Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban
    Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban Associated Press - 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) — After years of Israeli objections, armed Palestinian police in dark blue uniforms have taken up positions in this lawless West Bank suburb of Jerusalem, highlighting the shared interests of Israel and the Palestinian self-rule government on day-to-day issues even when political tensions run high. More »

  • Thousands march on 2nd day of S. Korea labor protests
    Thousands march on 2nd day of S. Korea labor protests Associated Press - 2 hours 28 minutes ago

    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. More »

  • Humanitarian crisis of immense magnitude looms in Yemen
    Humanitarian crisis of immense magnitude looms in Yemen Al Jazeera - 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    Latest violence has exposed Yemen's vulnerability - endemic poverty, poor governance, and dwindling resources. More »

  • Police arrest man over drone landing at Japan PM office
    Police arrest man over drone landing at Japan PM office Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister's office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday. More »

  • Hiker Captures Chile Volcano Blast On Phone
    Hiker Captures Chile Volcano Blast On Phone Sky News - 3 hours ago

    A hiker had his walk in the country shaken up when his phone unexpectedly captured a volcano's first eruption in 43 years. Dormant since 1972, Chile's Calbuco blasted into life on Wednesday, causing the evacuation of thousands of people and shooting ash about 11 miles into the sky. Walter Witt, a Chilean national, is heard commentating on his walk when the eruption begins close by. Calbuco's eruptions could last weeks and even months, according to the country's National Mining and Geology Service. More »

  • US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender
    US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender AFP - 3 hours ago

    US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, saying: "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman." More »

  • RBI chief Rajan calls for formal financing routes for farmers - report
    RBI chief Rajan calls for formal financing routes for farmers - report Reuters - 4 hours ago

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan called for an urgent expansion of formal financing routes for farmers after a spate of suicides in the country, the Business Standard said ... More »

  • Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight
    Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It's gonna cost you. More »

  • Starbucks: Computer outage disrupts sales in US, Canada
    Starbucks: Computer outage disrupts sales in US, Canada Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    A computer outage affecting registers forced Starbucks to give away free drinks Friday before closing stores early. The coffee chain said the outage affected 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and ... More »

  • Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter
    Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter Reuters - 4 hours ago

    A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, a move the Pentagon said helped to ease U.S. concerns. "The (Iranian) ships have turned around ... Obviously what their onward plans are, we don't know," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a small group of journalists travelling with him after a trip to California. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier the flotilla was in international waters about midway along the coast of Oman on Friday and still headed northeast. Warren declined to say the ships were going back to Iran or headed toward Iran. More »

  • Japan's war history will shadows PM's US visit next week
    Japan's war history will shadows PM's US visit next week Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution. More »

  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot Reuters - 5 hours ago

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the Australian tropical city of Darwin, the country's closest city to Asia, for training. More »

  • Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy
    Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially. More »

  • Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches
    Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches AFP - 5 hours ago

    Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said. More »

  • Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers
    Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers Reuters - 6 hours ago

    China's parliament has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, bans tobacco ads in the mass media, in public places, on public vehicles and outdoors, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Smoking is a major health crisis for China. Last year, a health official said China was considering raising cigarette prices and taxes. More »

  • FBI: Korean firm scammed out of $375K for fake Pharrell show
    FBI: Korean firm scammed out of $375K for fake Pharrell show Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said. More »