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April 26, 2015 - 1:12am
2 days 13 hours ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night outdoors under a chilly sky were jolted awake Sunday by strong aftershocks from a powerful, magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed nearly 2,000 people across the Himalayan region.

Rescuers aided by international teams are clearing rubble in search of survivors while landslides are blocking roads, hindering aid efforts. Planeloads of aid material, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries...

April 26, 2015 - 1:01am
1 day 10 hours ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal police official says at least 3,218 people have been confirmed killed in the immense weekend earthquake centered outside of the capital of the Himalayan nation.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam gave no further details Monday. So far 18 people have also been confirmed dead in an avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp in the wake of the earthquake. Another 61 people were killed in neighboring India....

April 25, 2015 - 11:19pm
2 days 14 hours ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's attorney general's office has notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days.

Spokesman Tony Spontana says the ten convicts were moved to isolation cells on Saturday and given a 72-hour execution notice. It indicates they will face the firing squad at the earliest on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The executions will take place in Besi prison...

April 25, 2015 - 9:37pm
2 days 14 hours ago

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan is voting in a presidential election expected to overwhelmingly reconfirm the long-standing incumbent, who has ruled the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years.

Election officials in the oil-rich Central Asian nation have said they expect turnout to be high Sunday, although 74-year old Nursultan Nazarbayev's victory over his two nominal rivals is all but a formality.

Kazakhstan is experiencing an economic...

April 25, 2015 - 6:13pm
2 days 16 hours ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says that two of its nationals, held hostage in Syria, have been released and are reunited with their families.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm says in a statement it worked closely with several authorities and were particularly grateful to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was "crucial" in the release.

It also singled out Jordan as helping in the releases.

Ministry officials on...

April 25, 2015 - 5:29pm
2 days 16 hours ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are protesting for a second day in Uruguay demanding more help from both the Uruguayan and the U.S. governments for adapting to life in their new home in the South American country.

The men began their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo on Friday and say they slept there through the night. They insist they will stay until they have met with the U.S. ambassador.

Former...

April 25, 2015 - 5:04pm
2 days 16 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes.

A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says the United Nations opposes the death penalty "in all circumstances."

The executions have caused widespread outcry and threats from France, Australia and others of diplomatic consequences.

Ban is calling on President Joko Widodo...

April 25, 2015 - 4:38pm
2 days 16 hours ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities are downgrading the likelihood of another big eruption from the Calbuco volcano, although the mountain remains active and the ash clouds it already ejected have caused cancelations of more airline flights.

The head of the National Mining and Geology Service says Calbuco's seismic activity has changed. Rodrigo Alvarez says the volcano will stay active for a while longer but officials no longer expect a third strong eruption like...

April 25, 2015 - 3:57pm
2 days 18 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Sicily (AP) — Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily.

Italian Navy spokeswoman Giorgia Trecca said Saturday's rescue took place off the Libyan coast but could not give details. There were no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, 334 migrants who were rescued on Friday were dropped off in the Sicilian port of...

April 25, 2015 - 3:47pm
2 days 18 hours ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. chief has appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, as officials try to end an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The U.N. Mission for Ebola...

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