12 Nepalese guides killed in deadliest Everest disaster

Kathmandu – At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday by an avalanche in the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world’s highest peak, officials said. The [...]

India lifts campaign ban on scandal-hit Modi aide

New Delhi  – Authorities have lifted a campaigning ban imposed on a key aide to India’s likely next prime minister Narendra Modi after he allegedly told Hindu community leaders to seek “revenge” in the country’s [...]

‘Four Taliban prisoners escape Afghan jail’

Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) – Four Taliban prisoners escaped from a northern Afghanistan jail and killed two guards using weapons that had been smuggled inside, officials said Friday. The incident occurred in the relatively peaceful [...]

Slain AFP reporter’s son discharged from hospital

Kabul  – The only surviving child of slain AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad has been discharged from hospital as he continues to recover from bullet wounds to his skull, chest and thigh. Abuzar Ahmad, who turns three next Monday, was wounded [...]

Best leads credited with helping narrow search area for missing MH370

Sydney :  The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been significantly narrowed, the head of the search operation has said. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Chief Coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, [...]

UN Inquiry Chief Wants N. Korea Prosecuted for Crimes Against Humanity

The chief United Nations investigator probing human rights abuses in North Korea is urging the world body to refer official findings on conditions in the reclusive communist state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. Michael [...]

Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military’s Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been [...]

Colombian Novelist Garcia Marquez Dies at 87

MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific [...]

US Scholar’s Planned Iranian Burial in Limbo

The burial of a prominent American scholar who wanted to be laid to rest in the central Iranian city of Isfahan remains in limbo amid a backlash from a small but influential group of hard-liners. Richard Frye, a Harvard professor who dedicated [...]

US Trial Opens for Egyptian-Born Cleric Extradited From Britain

The trial of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has opened in New York, with federal prosecutors describing the fiery 55-year-old imam as using “the cover of religion” to conceal his role in a global campaign of terrorism. During [...]

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