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Nepal quake death toll could reach 10,000

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala warns that number of people confirmed dead could soar as remote villages are reached. Nepal’s prime minister has warned that the number of people killed in the country’s worst earthquake in decades could reach 10,000. Sushil Koirala’s comment on Tuesday came as rescuers in Nepal were …

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Powerful earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

Magnitude 7.9 quake east of Pokhara was felt as far away as Delhi and Dhaka, killing at least 876 people. The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the country and killed hundreds of people, and touched off a deadly avalanche on …

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Clean-up begins after storms lash New South Wales

A clean-up operation has begun in New South Wales in the wake of violent storms that battered the Australian state. Police have confirmed the deaths of four people. Three were killed in Dungog, where homes have been washed away by flooding. An 86-year-old woman died in the Central Hunter region …

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Ukraine truce: US accuses Russia of violating deal

The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to …

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Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of migrants risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says draft proposals include a push for a military mandate to destroy boats used by people traffickers. More than 800 people …

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Aid group: 400 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes

Italy’s coastguard rescued 144 from ship off Libya, but survivors tell Save the Children that hundreds were on board. Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The coastguard had helped rescue …

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What really happened in Tikrit after ISIL fled

Tribal rivalries in Tikrit motivated the recent wave of looting and reprisals, Iraqi officials say. Baghdad – Arson and looting incidents in Tikrit after the Iraqi army recaptured the city last week from fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have highlighted the deep divisions between …

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UN: 100,000 new displaced in Yemen since strikes began

UNICEF says majority of those that have fled their homes since conflict escalated are women and children. More than a 100,000 people have fled their homes after Saudi-led coalition air strikes began in Yemen, according to UNICEF. A spokesman from the UN agency, Rajat Madhok, told Al Jazeera that most …

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Kenya al-Shabab attack: Victims’ bodies sent to Nairobi

The bodies of many of those killed by Islamist militants at a Kenyan university are being moved to the capital Nairobi for identification. At least 147 people died when al-Shabab militants stormed Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya, near Somalia. Four of the gunmen involved were killed by security forces. Police …

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Germanwings crash: Co-pilot Lubitz ‘accelerated descent’

Data from the second ‘black box’ flight recorder belonging to the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps suggests that the co-pilot deliberately accelerated its descent, French investigators say. They say Andreas Lubitz modified the automatic pilot system several times to increase the speed of descent. The information they recovered …

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