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About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday. "Local volunteers and police personnel are digging through six-feet (deep) snow with shovels looking for

Taliban, Afghan negotiators unable to agree ceasefire

By Amena Bakr and Jibran Ahmad AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. The United States and Pakistan, long-regarded by critics as sympathetic

Win or lose, Cameron's political career hangs by a thread

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron is Britain's most popular major party leader and his Conservative Party the most trusted on the economy after helping revive it. A descendant of King William IV, Cameron, who came to power in a coalition with the center-left Liberal Democrats in 2010, says he wants to serve another five-year term "to finish the job" of fixing the e

Around 6,800 migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said.

Two Ukrainian servicemen killed in eastern Ukraine: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) - Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and five wounded in continued clashes with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine despite a two-month ceasefire, Kiev's military said on Monday. The two were killed when their armored personnel carrier was blown up by a land mine in the Luhansk region near the border with Russia, military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk told a televised bri

Army officer reported hurt in Damascus suicide bombing; army denies it

A senior Syrian army officer was wounded in a suicide bombing in a central Damascus district on Monday, a monitoring group said, though the military denied the report. "A major general who heads the munitions and supply division of the Syrian army was injured and one of his companions killed and two hurt in the rebel attack," said Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the British-based Syrian Observatory

Israeli president says Ethiopian protest exposes 'wound'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's ceremonial president said Monday that an outbreak of violent protests by Ethiopian Jews has "exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society" and that the country must respond to their grievances.

Italian PM Renzi promises more reform once electoral law passes

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised a new electoral law expected to be passed in parliament on Monday, despite fierce opposition from many within his own ruling party, would clear a path for wider reforms of the economy. Renzi brushed aside resistance from rebels in his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) last week by imposing confidence votes to prevent further amendments being added to

Taliban 'welcome' Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade on Monday expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks.

French leader oversees Qatar jet deal

French President Francois Hollande sought to boost ties in the Gulf Monday as he oversaw the signing of a warplanes deal with Qatar and headed to Saudi Arabia for a summit. Hollande was to be the first Western head of state to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during the meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. The summit comes at a crucial time for the six-nation GCC, with a Saudi-led

Spain rescues 21 migrants in boat off south coast

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police intercepted and rescued 21 migrants in a boat off the southern coast early on Monday, a police source said. The men rescued were in good health and all believed to be from north Africa. They were picked up 16 nautical miles south of Cabo de Gata, Almeria. Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing from Libya to Europe at the weekend, includ

Hundreds protest against Qaeda control of Yemen city

Hundreds of residents have protested against Al-Qaeda controlling Mukalla, the capital of southeast Yemen's Hadramawt province, a month after jihadists overran the city, witnesses said on Monday. "Batarfi out out, Hadramawt wants freedom," they chanted late on Sunday, referring to Khalid Batarfi, a senior Al-Qaeda figure who has reportedly been named the "emir of Mukalla". Batarfi was among more

Burundi: Anti-government protests enter second week

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital Monday after a weekend pause as thousands continued to protest the president's decision to seek a third term.

French far-right patriarch to go before disciplinary board

PARIS (AP) — The man who for nearly four decades built France's far-right National Front into a political force may now be on the fast track to disgrace.

South African man in court over wife's murder

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in South Africa say a man has been charged with his wife's murder, days after local media reported that the heartfelt eulogy he delivered at her funeral was plagiarized.

City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

Kerry in Kenya calls for unity to defeat terrorism

US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Monday on security cooperation, after calling for unity in the face of terror attacks. Kerry's trip to the east African nation is the first high-level visit since 2012, and comes after years of tensions surrounding Kenyatta after he was charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. The ICC

Palestinian shot after alleged Jerusalem stabbing attempt

Israeli security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian after he allegedly tried to stab people waiting at a light railway station in east Jerusalem, police said on Monday. The attacker, whom police identified as a 35-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat refugee camp in annexed east Jerusalem, was lightly wounded, spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. A security guard told police the Palestini

2 UN men hit by Syria fire on Israeli-held Golan: army

Two UN peacekeepers were wounded on Monday when mortar rounds fired from Syria hit their base in the Israeli-held sector of the Golan Heights, an army spokesman said. Two UN peacekeeping soldiers were evacuated to Israel for medical care," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner wrote on his official Twitter account. Israel public radio said the two were lightly wounded. The army said the fire was not d

Syria tries to stabilize ailing currency

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media says the central bank is pumping up to $200 million into the market to help boost the sagging Syrian pound.

EPA delays prompt $13.7 billion shortfall in biofuels investment: report

By Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. government delays in rolling out renewable fuels policy have stymied some $13.7 billion in investments and have prevented advanced biofuels companies from meeting mandated target volumes, according to an industry group analysis. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) slow rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard program over the past two years

Suicide bomber targets Afghan civil servants' bus in Kabul

A suicide car bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan civil servants on their way to work in the capital on Monday, killing one civilian and wounding 15 people, officials said. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the west of Kabul.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East this week, the ancient Samaritan community celebrated Passover by sacrificing sheep, fighting raged in Yemen and Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek visited Lebanon to promote a new film.

Turkish crane operator killed driving into military base

ISTANBUL (AP) — Officials say a crane operator in Turkey has died after drawing fire while driving through the barriers of a military base.

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia, France for security talks

Nairobi (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Saudi Arabia and France for talks on regional security, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

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Two U.N. peacekeepers wounded by Syria mortars on Golan Heights

Mortar bombs launched from Syria wounded two United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, the Israeli military said, in what appeared to be stray fire from Syrian civil war fighting. A military spokeswoman said the peacekeepers were taken for treatment at an Israeli hospital and that she had no further details on their condition or nationality. Israel Radio said the

France, Qatar sign $7 billion Rafale warplane, missile deal

President Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani signed on Monday a 6.3 billion euro $7.02 billion) agreement for the sale of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets. "It's a good choice," said Hollande, who had talks with Sheikh Tamim and will go on later to Saudi Arabia, where he is due to attend a summit on Tuesday of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riy

Israeli guards shoot Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem: police

Israeli security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them on Monday at a light railway station in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, police said. "He attempted to stab one of the guards," a police spokeswoman said. "The security guards fired in the air, and then at his legs, slightly wounding him." No passengers were hurt in the incident. Violence has flared intermittently

Suicide blast strikes north Damascus: security official

A group of rebels on motorcycles attacked a regime-controlled neighbourhood in Damascus Monday, detonating a suicide bomb when Syrian security forces closed in, a security official told AFP. "A terrorist group rode into the Rukn al-Din neighbourhood on motorcycles and began clashing with security forces," the official said. "When they realised they could not escape, one of them detonated a suici

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