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Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,300, some in Everest avalanche

By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,300 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu. There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, N

Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict. Opposition fighters and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the town, on a road between the coastal city of Latakia and city of Aleppo, was now fully controlled b

Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya - Amnesty International

By Gabriele Pileri CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa. The European Union was shocked into action last week by a shipwreck that killed more than 700 people, and pl

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists trade accusations as Minsk deal frays

By Pavel Polityuk and Jason Bush KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine traded accusations on Saturday, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in February may collapse, although monitors said the violations were still relatively limited. One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and two were wounded when separatists shelled Ukraine's

Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians: police

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri

Three Islamic State car bombs hit Iraq-Jordan border crossing, four dead

BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a video, saying it had targeted a government complex, control point for the bo

U.S. sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: Kerry

The United States will send disaster response and rescue teams to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed hundreds in the mountainous Asian nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. "We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support," he said in a statement. The United States Agency for Internation

How London man may have helped trigger the 'flash crash'

NEW YORK (AP) — He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city's glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy.

Nigeria recalls envoy to South Africa over attacks on foreigners

Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa on Saturday in the latest sign of African countries' discontent at Pretoria's handling of attacks on immigrants. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke had been asked to return to Nigeria for consultations, a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. "The invitation is in connection with the on-goin

Burundi president launches controversial re-election bid

Burundi's president was Saturday declared as the ruling party's candidate for a third term in office, despite mounting protests over a move the opposition says is unconstitutional. Opposition figures warned that President Pierre Nkurunziza's effort to cling to power could push the central African nation back into violence. There was tight security as the ruling CNDD-FDD -- which has been accused

Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

LONDON (AP) — World leaders and global charities offered condolences and emergency aid to Nepal following the earthquake Saturday while grappling to understand the scope of the disaster.

PSG crushes Lille 6-1 to move 3 points ahead of Lyon

PARIS (AP) — Winger Ezequiel Lavezzi grabbed a hat trick and striker Edinson Cavani scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from its lackluster performance against Barcelona by thrashing Lille 6-1 to move three points ahead of Lyon at the top of the French league on Saturday.

Late Fernandinho strike sends Man City second

Fernandinho volleyed in a dramatic 89th-minute winner as Manchester City edged FA Cup finalists Aston Villa 3-2 on Saturday to reclaim second place in the Premier League table. A calamitous miskick by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan allowed Sergio Aguero to put City ahead in the third minute and Aleksandar Kolarov extended the hosts' lead with a 66th-minute free-kick. Villa hit back through Tom Clev

Togolese leader set to extend rule in presidential election

By David Lewis and John Zodzi LOME (Reuters) - Togo voted on Saturday in an election expected to give President Faure Gnassingbe a third term in office that could extend his family's grip on power to more than half a century. Gnassingbe has been president since 2005, when his father died after 38 years in charge of the west African nation. Gnassingbe faces a divided opposition of four challenger

Man City leaves it late to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in EPL

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Fernandinho volleyed in an 89th-minute winner as Manchester City survived throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and cement a place in the English Premier League's top four for the soon-to-be-deposed champions.

Croatians with Swiss franc loans protest 'debt slavery'

Thousands of Croatians with loans denominated in Swiss francs took to the streets of Zagreb Sunday to protest the increased debt burden caused by a surge in the Swiss currency. The police estimated that up to 10,000 people took part in the protest by demonstrators accusing the Croatian government and central bank of failing to protect borrowers. Swiss franc loans became popular in several centra

England prop Marler out for season

England prop Joe Marler is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury but should still be fit for the World Cup, the front-row forward's club boss said Saturday. Marler was named in Harlequins' starting side for their English Premiership match away to Sale on Saturday but was withdrawn. After the London-based visitors won 25-23, Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea

Bayern beats Hertha to put Bundesliga title on ice

BERLIN (AP) — Bastian Schweinsteiger scored with 10 minutes remaining for Bayern Munich to beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 and move even closer to the Bundesliga title on Saturday.

Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend the night in the open under a chilly and thundery sky after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,180 people, collapsing modern houses and centuries-old temples, and triggering a landslide on the slopes of Mount Everest. Officials said the death toll will rise as more reports from far-flung areas com

Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday. The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain, the European Union agency said. Eurojust did not sa

10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest region

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Nepal's Mount Everest region on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.

Tearful Tony McCoy denied victories in final races of career

ESTHER, England (AP) — Surrounded by an 18,000-capacity crowd at Sandown Park racecourse, Tony McCoy pulled down his goggles to mask the tears.

Watford promoted to Premier League in dramatic style

Watford clinched promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as their rivals slipped up in the final seconds on Saturday. Slavisa Jokanovic's side had moved to the brink of reaching the top-flight with a 2-0 win at Brighton earlier in the day, yet it seemed like the Championship leaders would be made to wait for promotion by the results of the chasing pack. It was the perfect end to a da

Wozniacki vs Kerber in Porsche Grand Prix final

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki will play Angelique Kerber in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix after they won their semifinals in contrasting fashion on Saturday.

Jailed Venezuelan mayor transferred from prison to hospital

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital has been taken from prison to a hospital where he will undergo emergency surgery for a groin hernia.

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

ROME (AP) — Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies near the end of World War II.

Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks

Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian man who stabbed an officer in the West Bank hours after a knife-wielding teenager was killed at an east Jerusalem checkpoint. The two incidents are the latest in a spate of apparent lone wolf attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians and security personnel since last October. In Hebron in the south of the Israeli-occupied West

Messi scores in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Espanyol

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi helped to set up Neymar's opener before scoring one himself to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Espanyol, provisionally increasing its lead of the Spanish league on Saturday.

Egypt's President extends curfew in North Sinai

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has issued a decree extending a state of emergency and nightly curfew in the northern Sinai peninsula for three more months.

AC Milan's 4-game unbeaten run ends with 2-1 loss at Udinese

ROME (AP) — AC Milan's four-match unbeaten run came to a halt with a 2-1 loss at Udinese on Saturday in Serie A.


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