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Update 3: Hundreds die as quake rocks Nepal

Update 3: Hundreds die as quake rocks Nepal

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal today, killing at least 906 people across four countries as the violently shaking earth toppled houses, levelled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the country in over 80 years. At least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another...

  • Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

    Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

    A lawyer for one of 10 mostly foreign national drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia says seven of the inmates have received their 72-hour notice. Nathan Frandino reports.

  • Death prompts push for Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    Death prompts push for Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    A widower from Ohio steps onto the national stage as the lead petitioner in a potentially historic Supreme Court case on the legality of same-sex marriage bans. Katharine Jackson reports.

  • Eight killed in Everest avalanche

    Eight killed in Everest avalanche

    An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest today, killing at least eight climbers and guides. Many others were injured and an unknown number have been reported as missing near...

  • Surfer critical after shark attack

    A surfer is in critical condition after a shark attacked him in southern Australia. Police said in a statement that the 26-year-old man suffered "serious leg injuries" when he was attacked today about 25 miles south of Port Lincoln in South...

  • Book 'em Danno! No smoking under 21

    A history-making bill that would make Hawaii the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 is heading to the governor. It is unclear whether David Ige will sign the measure and a spokeswoman for the politician said he was not immediately...

  • Thousands mark Gallipoli centenary

    Thousands mark Gallipoli centenary

    Thousands line the shores of Gallipoli to mark the 100th anniversary of the doomed World War One campaign. Paul Chapman reports.  

  • Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

    Italian police have arrested 10 people and are looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point, the Vatican. Some of the suspects,...

  • EU warships head for Med

    EU warships head for Med

    British and German warships made ready to sail for waters off Libya as Europe ramped up rescue operations in the Mediterranean after up to 900 desperate migrants drowned last weekend on a boat heading for Italy. Yet hours after European Union...

  • Poland bans bikers loyal to Putin

    Polish authorities yesterday said they will not allow a nationalistic Russian motorcycle group loyal to President Vladimir Putin to enter Poland but insisted the move is not political and was made in part because Polish authorities would not be...

  • As Armenia marks ‘genocide’, Turkey is still denying guilt

    As Armenia marks ‘genocide’, Turkey is still denying guilt

    Armenia yesterday marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was...

  • Jolie criticises UN failures on Syria crisis

    The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council yesterday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian...

  • Militants arrested in Italy

    Militants arrested in Italy

    Italian police yesterday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al-Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and, at least at one point, the Vatican. Some of the...

  • Hubble telescope still goingstrong 25 years after launch

    Nasa has marked the silver anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with fireworks of a celestial kind, conveyed by the orbiting observatory itself. To commemorate Hubble’s launch on April 24, 1990, Nasa selected a picture of a stellar nursery...

  • Hopes of finding life on planet ‘premature’

    Hopes of finding life on planet ‘premature’

    Hopes of finding a life-sustaining planet in a star system beloved by sci-fi buffs may be premature, experts believe. The Tau Ceti system, popularised in many science fiction stories and featured in the TV series Star Trek, is known to host as...

  • Statue of Liberty evacuated

    Statue of Liberty evacuated

    The Statue of Liberty is being evacuated, and New York City police say they're responding to a report of a suspicious package. Police harbour units are at the scene, with the National Park Service. Visitors are posting photos online showing...

  • HSBC moots relocating HQ outside UK

    HSBC moots relocating HQ outside UK

    Under-fire banking giant HSBC created a pre-election storm today when it announced that it would consider moving its headquarters out of the UK. Chairman Douglas Flint told the group's annual general meeting that it was responding to "regulatory...

  • European governments have largely failed to reform - EU document

    European governments have largely failed to reform - EU document

    European governments have failed to implement most of the reforms that could help bring down the EU's chronic unemployment problem and are doing less as the euro zone crisis ebbs, according to an EU document presented to finance ministers. Despite...

  • Knife-wielding robber foiled by shopkeeper: video

    Knife-wielding robber foiled by shopkeeper: video

    Police in the UK have released CCTV video showing a shopkeeper near Manchester fighting off a man with a knife who was trying to rob his shop. The video, which was recorded on April 14, shows a knife-wielding man in a black hooded sweatshirt...

  • Migrants keep arriving in Italy

    Migrants keep arriving in Italy

    The Sicilian port of Catania welcomed another 84 migrants on this morning . They were rescued from a sinking dinghy off the coast of Libya after making a distress call to coast guards in Palermo. Help arrived just in time to pick them up off the...

  • Students hurt in stage collapse

    Students hurt in stage collapse

    More than a dozen students are said to be "doing really well" after they were injured when a stage at a US high school collapsed during a musical performance. Police Captain Charles Hollowell said the students suffered minor injuries in the...