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April 27, 2015 - 7:14am
22 hours 46 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Emergency aid flights are set to land shortly in Nepal to try to locate and rescue earthquake victims as governments and agencies promise more help.

The Asian Development Bank announced a $3 million grant to Nepal Monday to help provide desperately needed tents, medicine, food and water.

Spain's government planned to send a chartered jet to Nepal loaded with tons of donated aid from the government and charities, including material to...

April 27, 2015 - 7:13am
22 hours 46 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.

The deputy head of Russia's agricultural regulator, Yulia Shvabauskene, says Russia has already stopped re-exports through Bulgaria because it suspects companies there of using false documents to get around Russia's import ban, marking European produce as coming from countries unaffected by the ban.

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April 27, 2015 - 7:09am
19 hours 26 min ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say the death toll from severe weather in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 45.

Mushtaq Ghani, the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, provided the latest toll Monday, saying several hundred people had been hospitalized.

The storm late Sunday brought heavy rains and winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph), causing hundreds of homes to collapse, uprooting trees and downing electric poles. Meteorological...

April 27, 2015 - 6:31am
22 hours 56 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has accepted the resignation of her prime minister because of a bribery scandal.

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country's No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.

Businessman Sung Wan-jong said before committing suicide this month that he gave 30 million won ($27,390) to Lee in...

April 27, 2015 - 6:24am
22 hours 56 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Tennis fans going to Wimbledon this year can leave their selfie sticks at home.

The Grand Slam tennis tournament has become the latest sports event to ban the use of the devices, with organizers calling them a "nuisance."

The All England Club says the decision was made so that selfie sticks don't "interfere with spectators' enjoyment" during the June 29-July 12 championships.

Selfie sticks are common sights at...

April 27, 2015 - 6:07am
36 min 36 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister is ruling out early elections if ongoing bailout talks with the country's international creditors fail.

In an interview with private Star TV, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said early Tuesday that he has no reason to hold a snap vote.

Tsipras was elected just three months ago on a pledge to alleviate economic suffering in the financially struggling country.

But Tsipras did not exclude...

April 27, 2015 - 6:06am
23 hours 6 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has given the final go-ahead for new construction in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem — the area of the city the Palestinians demand as the capital of a future state.

The Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now says it is the first time in nearly a year that Israel has issued building tenders in east Jerusalem.

The Israel Land Authority published tenders for 77 housing units in Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev. Israel considers both...

April 27, 2015 - 6:03am
22 hours 36 min ago

TERESPOL, Poland (AP) — Polish border guards say they have blocked entry into Poland for 10 Russian bikers who said they were following a path commemorating the Red Army victory's over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.

Dariusz Sienicki, a spokesman for the border guards, announced the move Monday after members of the Night Wolves, a nationalistic Russian group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, approached the border and tried to enter Poland.

Polish...

April 27, 2015 - 6:02am
23 hours 16 min ago

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's Election Commission says President Omar al-Bashir has won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, extending his 25-year rule despite war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies.

The Election Commission puts turnout at 46.4 percent and denies widespread reports of low participation. Mokhtar al-Assam, the head of the commission, announced the results on Monday, saying reports of low turnout were "not accurate."

The four...

April 27, 2015 - 5:45am
23 hours 16 min ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel.

The official IRNA news agency quotes Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying Riyadh is "following in Israel's footsteps" and "shamelessly and disgracefully bombing and killing a nation," apparently referring to Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been waging a monthlong air campaign against Iran-supported rebels,...

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