• Almost 40 aftershocks hit Nepal over two days

    IANS - 19 minutes ago

    Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) Almost 40 aftershocks have rocked Nepal since the main earthquake with 7.9 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Lamjung district, 75 km northwest of the capital, on Saturday at 6.11 GMT (11.56 Nepal time) More »Almost 40 aftershocks hit Nepal over two days

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour execution notice to drug traffickers

    Associated Press - 23 minutes ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. More »Indonesia gives 72-hour execution notice to drug traffickers

  • SpiceJet to operate two special flights to Kathmandu

    IANS - 23 minutes ago

    New delhi, April 26 (IANS) Budget carrier SpiceJet on Sunday said it will operate a special relief flight to Kathmandu from here at 11:00 p.m., which will return at 03:25 a.m. Monday. More »SpiceJet to operate two special flights to Kathmandu

  • Violent protests in Baltimore for man injured in custody

    Associated Press - 24 minutes ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile. More »Violent protests in Baltimore for man injured in custody

  • 'Batman' theater gunman to go on trial

    AFP - 32 minutes ago

    Opening statements will finally begin Monday in the long-awaited trial of James Holmes, the allegedly crazed gunman accused of opening fire in a packed Batman movie premiere in 2012, killing 12. Holmes -- who had a shock of orange hair when first seen after the attack, in which he allegedly dressed up as Batman villain the Joker -- faces 166 counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder and possession of explosives charges. More »'Batman' theater gunman to go on trial

  • India U-14 girl footballers return from quake-hit Nepal

    IANS - 33 minutes ago

    New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Indian Under-14 girls football team, left stranded in Kathmandu following fresh tremors on Sunday, have returned home safely aboard a military aircraft. "The U-14 Girl's Team has landed safely in New Delhi. Everyone stays safe," the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted. Fresh tremors on Sunday delayed the evacuation of the team from the earthquake-affected Nepal capital. More »India U-14 girl footballers return from quake-hit Nepal

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the worst of the aftershocks — magnitude 6.7 — pummeled the capital city. It came as planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries began arriving in this poor Himalayan nation. No deaths or injuries were reported from the early Sunday afternoon quake, but it took an emotional toll. More »Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

  • If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon

    Reuters - 37 minutes ago

    The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight. Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon. If Athens runs out of cash and defaults in the coming weeks, as seems increasingly possible, no one wants to be accused of having pushed it over the edge or failed to try to save it. Greece's leftist government has already identified its culprit of choice - Germany, Europe's main paymaster, accused of having inflicted toxic austerity policies on Greeks, causing a "humanitarian crisis". More »If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon

  • Tennessee gay couple's date with history

    AFP - 38 minutes ago

    Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. The couple will appear via their attorney before the Supreme Court to argue that a marriage conducted in one state should be recognized in all states. If they win their battle, it will effectively give same-sex unions nationwide legitimacy, a huge step forward for gay civil rights. More »Tennessee gay couple's date with history

  • Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen rebels in capital, south

    Associated Press - 39 minutes ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels struck targets in several cities — including the capital — as fighting raged on across the country. More »Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen rebels in capital, south

  • Injured flown from Everest, aftershock triggers new avalanches

    Reuters - 39 minutes ago

    By Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The first rescue plane carrying people injured in an earthquake-triggered avalanche that ripped through tents on Mount Everest arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday shortly before a strong aftershock rocked India and Nepal and triggered more snowfalls. Survivors on Everest described a cloud of rock and ice that smashed into base camp, and many climbers were still on the mountain when an aftershock triggered a new series of avalanches on Sunday. "Another one, we have an aftershock right now. More »Injured flown from Everest, aftershock triggers new avalanches

  • Punjab, Hyderabad eye relief to troubled IPL campaign

    IANS - 39 minutes ago

    Mohali, April 26 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will seek a win to provide partial relief to their troubled Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign during their face-off in a league match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday. More »Punjab, Hyderabad eye relief to troubled IPL campaign

  • Vodafone slashes call rates to quake-hit Nepal

    IANS - 45 minutes ago

    New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Vodafone India on Sunday announced it was cutting down its call rates as part of its efforts to help people reach out to their friends and families in earthquake-hit areas of Nepal. All calls to Nepal would be charged at Re.1 per minute against the regular call rate of Rs.12 per minute with immediate effect till 10 a.m. on April 28. "Vodafone India, in its efforts to support the local community and brothers of Nepal along with other disaster relief initiatives has announced that all calls made from its network from anywhere in India to Nepal will be charged as per local rate," an official statement from the telecom company said. More »Vodafone slashes call rates to quake-hit Nepal

  • South Africa says committed to good relations with Nigeria after diplomats recalled

    Reuters - 46 minutes ago

    South Africa remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with Nigeria after Abuja recalled its ambassador to Pretoria in the wake of attacks on immigrants, the department of international relations said on Sunday. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were asked to return to Nigeria for consultations in the latest sign of African countries' discontent over South Africa's handling of attacks on foreigners. South Africa has been criticized by several governments, including China, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, for failing to protect foreigners from armed mobs. Nigeria is the only country to have recalled its ambassador, the department of international relations said in a statement. More »South Africa says committed to good relations with Nigeria after diplomats recalled

  • Witnesses to Everest avalanche: 'I knew I had to survive'

    Associated Press - 46 minutes ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 17 people were killed and 61 injured when an avalanche set off by Saturday's massive Nepal earthquake swept down the Himalayas. The snow and ice ripped through key Mt. Everest climbing routes and tore into base camp, the nylon mountaineering city that blossoms every year at the base of the world's highest peak. On Sunday, the first group of survivors was flown in to Kathmandu; most of the 15 people are injured Sherpa guides. Two spoke to The Associated Press: More »Witnesses to Everest avalanche: 'I knew I had to survive'

  • Protests after Burundi leader is nominated for a third term

    Associated Press - 48 minutes ago

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Hundreds of people in Burundi protested in the capital Sunday after the country's ruling party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term. More »Protests after Burundi leader is nominated for a third term

  • Pop Milano sits pretty as Italy cooperative banks brace for M&A

    Reuters - 48 minutes ago

    By Valentina Za and Andrea Mandala MILAN (Reuters) - At least five investment banks are vying to win a mandate from Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM) and find it a partner as Italian cooperative lenders gear up for a wave of mergers following a landmark reform of the sector. The Milanese bank, Italy's seventh-largest by branches, has been dubbed by industry watchers the "belle of the ball" among large cooperative lenders that are looking at tie-up options as they are being forced to drop their cooperative status. A new law forces Italy's 10 largest "popolari" banks to convert into joint-stock companies within 18 months and shed rules that currently grant shareholders one vote each regardless of the size of their stake. BPM will send out letters in coming days to invite formal proposals from investment banks, a banking source said. More »Pop Milano sits pretty as Italy cooperative banks brace for M&A

  • Death toll climbs following Nepal quake: Things to Know

    Associated Press - 50 minutes 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 »Death toll climbs following Nepal quake: Things to Know

  • New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

    AFP - 51 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said. Netanyahu, whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election, has until May 6 to piece together a new government, after receiving a 14-day extension last week. Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, currently economy minister, had been demanding the foreign ministry, held now by hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu leader Avidgor Lieberman. Israeli media said Jewish Home would also be receiving the agriculture and culture ministries, while Lieberman -- whose party dropped from 11 to six seats -- would remain foreign minister. More »New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

  • Kipchoge wins fierce London battle with Kipsang

    Reuters - 52 minutes ago

    Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds on Sunday with world record holder Dennis Kimetto third. Kipchoge, a former world champion at 5,000 meters, and Kipsang broke clear in the closing stages after a blistering race but it was the former who finished with a decisive burst of speed to win in 2:04.42. Kipsang clocked 2:04.47 and fellow Kenyan Kimetto 2:05.50 after he failed to live with the late break of the leading pair. “The crowd were wonderful and lifted me for my sprint finish.” The narrow, twisting turns of London’s course, compounded by blustery conditions, were not conducive to world record pace and an assault on Kimetto’s 2:02.57 set in September’s Berlin marathon was unlikely. More »Kipchoge wins fierce London battle with Kipsang

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