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  • Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000
    Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000

    By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday as some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people, expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people after the major quake that struck at about midday on Saturday. A Home Ministry official in the capital, Kathmandu, said the death toll from the 7.9 magnitude quake stood at 4,010, with 7,598 injured. Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years triggered a huge avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 17 climbers and guides, including foreigners, the worst single disaster on the world's highest peak.

  • Mexican police free 92 migrants held near U.S. border

    Mexican police freed 92 migrants from a safe house in the city of Reynosa on Mexico's northeastern border with the United States, the government said on Monday. Federal police arrested three suspected gang members during the raid on the building where the migrants, hailing from Cuba, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, were being held, the National Security Commission said in a statement. According to the statement, the raid took place on Friday, a week after Reynosa was hit by gunfights and burning vehicles blocking roads during the capture of a local drug gang boss. Sitting opposite the Texan city of McAllen, Reynosa has been racked by violence over the past year.

  • Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear …
    Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear …

    By Louis Charbonneau and Arshad Mohammed UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. Kerry spoke at the United Nations on the opening day of a month-long conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ahead of a meeting in New York with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their first face-to-face encounter since recent marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zarif and Kerry met later on Monday at the Iranian U.N. ambassador's residence across from Central Park and discussed efforts to secure a final agreement between Iran and the six powers by a June 30 deadline.

  • Thousands volunteer to scour satellite images of Nepal quake
    Thousands volunteer to scour satellite images of Nepal quake

    More than 4,500 people have volunteered to examine 14,000 square kilometres of satellite imagery collected over Nepal to help relief efforts after Saturday's earthquake killed more than 3,900 people, imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc said. DigitalGlobe spokesman Turner Brinton said the company captured clear imagery of the area on Monday with its WorldView-3 satellite that was being used by volunteers to tag damaged buildings, roads and other areas to help disaster teams on the ground. The company, based in Longmont, Colo., said it had made its high resolution imagery of the affected areas available to relief groups and other responding to the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake. "While satellite imagery on its own is useful, greater benefit comes from extracting meaningful information that can be used by first responder and recovery agencies," Brinton said.

  • Greek PM leaves referendum option open, rules out elections
    Greek PM leaves referendum option open, rules out elections

    By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday said he would have to resort to a popular referendum if lenders insist on demands that the government deems unacceptable but was confident of striking a deal to avoid such a scenario. He ruled out a default but stressed that the government's priority was to pay wages and pensions. Pressed on what the government's options were if no deal was found, Tsipras ruled out snap elections, saying it had only been a few months since the government had been voted in.

  • Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance
    Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance

    By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday, as some of the tens of thousands of people stricken by the weekend's devastating earthquake expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun to arrive in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, as the death toll topped 3,900 people. About 6,500 more people were injured in Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years. It triggered a huge avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 17 climbers, including foreigners, the worst single disaster on the world's highest peak.

  • Australia formally advised of imminent Indonesia executions-foreign …
    Australia formally advised of imminent Indonesia executions-foreign …

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart late on Monday advising her of the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers and offering no hope of a reprieve. The two Australians are among nine mainly foreign prisoners scheduled to be executed in Indonesia this week despite last-minute pleas for clemency and an outstanding appeal in the Constitutional Court. "They gave no indication that (Indonesian) President (Joko) Widodo would change his mind and grant the clemency that we have sought," Bishop told the Nine Network on Tuesday. Bishop said she was not given a date or time for the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

  • Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says …
    Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says …

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to eight million people have had their lives disrupted after a deadly earthquake shook Nepal, said the United Nations, adding there was an urgent need for relief materials ranging from tarpaulin sheets and clean water to soap and medicines. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said supplies of food and clean drinking water were dwindling after the quake, which was the worst to hit the Himalayan region in more than 80 years. In the Kathmandu Valley, public life remained quiet two days after the disaster.

  • Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims

    (Reuters) - The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake: Save the Children About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) set a goal to raise $50 million for earthquake relief in Nepal. Care.org The organisation, in Nepal since 1978, has 150 team members already on the ground and will be adding more as soon as possible, said Brian Feagans, director of communications at Care.org (http://www.care.org). Oxfam Oxfam (http://www.oxfamamerica.org), which has been operating in Nepal since the 1980s, established four open-air sites in the Kathmandu Valley to provide sanitation and fresh water for earthquake victims.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and …
    U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and …

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday to meet with its new president, Maithripala Sirisena, the State Department said, following years of strained relations between Washington and the country's previous government. Sirisena took power in January after defeating President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Asia's longest-serving leader, at the polls. Ties between Washington and Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo had become strained under Rajapaksa, who had sought closer ties with Beijing and allowed Chinese submarines to dock in Sri Lanka.

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  • Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000
    Angry Nepalis wait for quake help as death toll passes 4,000

    By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday as some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people, expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people after the major quake that struck at about midday on Saturday. A Home Ministry official in the capital, …

  • Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance
    Shock turns to anger as Nepalese wait for quake assistance

    By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday, as some of the tens of thousands of people stricken by the weekend's devastating earthquake expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begun to arrive in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, as the death toll topped 3,900 people. About 6,500 more people were injured in Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years. …

  • Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says U.N.
    Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says U.N.

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to eight million people have had their lives disrupted after a deadly earthquake shook Nepal, said the United Nations, adding there was an urgent need for relief materials ranging from tarpaulin sheets and clean water to soap and medicines. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said supplies of food and clean drinking water were dwindling after the quake, which was the worst to hit the Himalayan region in more than 80 years. In the …

  • Google, Facebook join Red Cross to find thousands missing after Nepal quake
    Google, Facebook join Red Cross to find thousands missing after Nepal quake

    By Nita Bhalla and Joseph D'Urso NEW DELHI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - German development worker Caroline Siebald and her boyfriend Charles Gertler, an American glaciologist, were on a rafting trip in Nepal when the earthquake struck and initially panicked about how to let their families know they were safe. After about 30 attempts, Gertler, 25, managed to get a phone call through to his mother in Massachusetts in the United States, and she registered them as safe on Facebook's …

  • Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital
    Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

    By Gopal Sharma, Rupam Jain Nair and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise …

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