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  • Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

    LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the nearly 1,400 people killed and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken...

  • Sweden: 2 Swedish hostages released in Syria

    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...

  • Volkswagen chairman Piech resigns after dispute over CEO

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO. Volkswagen said in a statement Saturday that Piech, 78, was resigning with immediate effect. Piech had said in an...

  • 10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest region

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Nepal's Mount Everest region on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said. Numerous climbers may now be cut off on...

  • Burundi president nominated by ruling party for third term

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's ruling party on Saturday nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to be its candidate for a third term in elections on June 26, a move expected to stoke political tensions. The party announced Saturday that Nkurunziza had been nominated unanimously and unopposed during a retreat for party leaders. On the...

  • Latest on police-custody death: Crowd gathered at stadium

    6:30 p.m. Scores of rowdy protesters are crowded outside of Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles are expected to play the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. One protester threw something at a police car parked at Camden Yards, and kicked the windshield, cracking it, while other protesters were throwing cans and plastic bottles in the direction...

  • Thousands take to the streets for Freddie Gray rally

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody. After a few hours of peaceful demonstrations, scores of rowdy protesters crowded outside of Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were set to play the...

  • Former Guantanamo detainees keep up protest in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners protested for a second day Saturday demanding more help from both the Uruguayan and the U.S. governments for adapting to life in their new home in this South American country. The men began their protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo on Friday and said they slept...

  • Nepal quake: Nearly 1,400 dead, Everest shaken

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 1,400, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest. Officials warned the death toll would rise as more...

  • Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blast

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Authorities downgraded the likelihood of a major eruption at the Calbuco volcano, although the mountain remained active Saturday and the ash clouds it already ejected caused cancelations of more airline flights. Rodrigo Alvarez, head of the National Mining and Geology Service, told TVN television that Calbuco's seismic...

  • Israeli police: 2 Palestinians shot dead after knife attacks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police officers on Saturday shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinians in response to separate stabbing attacks against Israeli officers, police said, before a third attack against police forces later in the day left three officers injured. In the first incident, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a 17-year-old east...

  • Love, cookies helped sisters lost in Michigan woods survive

    CRISP POINT, Mich. (AP) — Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska said Saturday that they survived in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the little food they had in their snow-crippled SUV. A day after being spotted by a police helicopter in Luce County, Leslie Roy, 52, and Lee Marie Wright,...

  • Each death in Baltimore makes mistrust harder to overcome

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner came in making big promises to the inner-city residents and police who spent decades staring each other down in neighborhoods ravaged by crack and heroin. But with each death of a black man in custody, their efforts to overcome mistrust have hit hard walls of skepticism and outrage....

  • UN chief appeals to Indonesia to stop planned executions

    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,...

  • Angst about Iran deal at GOP Jewish meeting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican luminaries and presidential hopefuls reiterated their support for Israel and skepticism about President Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran as an influential group of Republican Jews gathered Saturday at the casino of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition has become something...

  • Native youth kick off Generation Indigenous challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Janay Jumping Eagle is on a mission to curb teen suicide in her hometown on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dahkota Brown of the Wilton Band of Miwok Indians in California wants to keep American Indian and Alaska Native students on track toward graduation. The teenagers are at the heart of Generation...

  • 'Operation Babylift' kids, soldiers reunite 40 years later

    HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — With the Viet Cong making their final push toward taking Saigon in April 1975, the fate of thousands of Vietnamese orphans was uncertain until President Gerald Ford ordered remaining forces to evacuate the children. Forty years after the final flight of Operation Babylift left Vietnam, 20 evacuees and their adopted...

  • Family looks to future after fugitive brother's return to US

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — For years, Beth Kelley posted the message to her brother on Facebook: "Happy Birthday Scott, wherever you are." In the decade Scott Kelley has missed, there have been births and deaths, holidays and milestones. But Beth Kelley said she doesn't plan to talk to him about the reasons for his absence: the child custody fight...

  • Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

    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...

  • Marathon bomber trial casts focus on Boston Muslims

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America. Newspaper op-eds, advertisements and social media posts have highlighted connections between Boston-area...

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