Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll from the April 25 quake in the Himalayan nation has reached 7,566, and over 14,500 people were injured, the government said. About 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday and Sunday at Langtang village, 60 km (37 miles) north of Kathmandu, which is on a trekking route popular with Westerners. Gautam Rimal, assistant chief district officer in the area where Langtang is located, said authorities had not made contact with Langtang for more 24 hours because of bad weather.
Tue, 05 May 2015 10:29:38 -0400
Forty migrants reported drowned in Mediterranean: Save the Children
Around forty migrants died in the Mediterranean on Sunday, according to survivors of the journey who arrived on the southern Italian island of Sicily on Tuesday, local Save the Children spokeswoman Giovanna Di Benedetto said. The deaths were reported by some of the roughly 240 migrants from Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and Ivory Coast who arrived in the port of Catania, another Save the Children spokeswoman said. A Maltese merchant ship rescued the migrants from two rubber boats on which they had set off from Libya, where lawlessness has been exploited by traffickers who can charge thousands of dollars to people looking for a better life in Europe. Save the Children said five bodies had been brought to Catania but it was not yet clear whether they were among those who fell into the sea or if they died on the packed dinghy.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:53:18 -0400
Yemen talks May 17 could bolster anti-Houthi alliance
Yemen's president has called a meeting of political forces on May 17 to discuss his country's war that will include former associates of a powerful ally of the Houthis, a move that could bolster the ranks of opponents of the Iranian-allied force. Mukhtar al-Rahbi, press secretary at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's office, said neither the Houthis nor their influential ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, were expected to attend the gathering, to be held in Saudi Arabia.
Tue, 05 May 2015 09:53:05 -0400
France, Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must be verifiable, no threat to region
By John Irish RIYADH (Reuters) - France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future nuclear accord between Iran and six major powers must be robust, verifiable and no threat to Tehran's neighbors, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia invited French President Francois Hollande, whose country is deemed to have the toughest stance among the six world powers negotiating with Iran, to Riyadh to discuss regional issues with Gulf Arab leaders who fear a rapprochement with Tehran could further inflame the region. "France and Saudi Arabia confirmed the necessity to reach a robust, lasting, verifiable, undisputed and binding deal with Iran," Hollande and the new Saudi King Salman said in a statement after meeting on Monday.
Tue, 05 May 2015 06:43:25 -0400
Spying row wrecks harmony in Merkel's right-left coalition
By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives warned their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Tuesday not to score points in a row over the activities of the BND intelligence agency after an attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel by the SPD chief threatened unity in the coalition. Sigmar Gabriel pushed Merkel into the spotlight on Monday over allegations that the BND had helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European firms and officials. Top-selling Bild ran the headline "Gabriel rips into Merkel" and a columnist wrote: "From now on, nothing will be as it was." Several senior conservatives attributed the criticism of Merkel to SPD jitters over their low poll ratings.
Tue, 05 May 2015 11:04:00 -0400
Saudi king says setting up center to coordinate Yemen humanitarian work
Saudi King Salman announced on Tuesday the establishment of a center to coordinate humanitarian assistance for Yemen, and invited the United Nations to join in relief work for the Arab country. "We hope that the United Nations will participate effectively with what this center will shoulder, including coordinating all humanitarian and relief works for the Yemeni people with the participation of the countries that are supporting the Gulf initiative," he said in a speech at the start of a summit of Arab heads of state in Riyadh carried live by the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:39 -0400
Austria files legal complaint over German-U.S. spying suspicions
Austria has filed a legal complaint over suspicions that Germany's BND intelligence agency and the U.S. National Security Agency might have spied on its authorities and firms, the interior minister said on Tuesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the BND on Monday against accusations it illegally helped the United States spy on officials and companies in Europe. "Austria demands clarification," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told Reuters, following German media reports about such activities. He added that Austria's security authorities were in contact with their German counterparts.
Tue, 05 May 2015 13:10:05 -0400
EU, China stress scope for stepped up security, climate cooperation
The European Union and China on Tuesday expressed a desire to deepen cooperation on international security, diplomacy and climate change, though human rights appeared to remain a sensitive issue. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and China's top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi held talks as part of a regular strategic dialogue in which the two sides exchange views and develop political and economic relations.
Tue, 05 May 2015 13:06:25 -0400
Yemen's Hadi wants peace talks May 17 in Riyadh: Qatar
Yemen's exiled president wants talks between his country's rival political forces to begin in the Saudi capital on May 17, Qatar's foreign minister said after a regional summit on Tuesday. This is the first time a date has been mentioned for the proposed talks, which the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council insists must be held in Riyadh, which is leading a coalition launching air strikes on Iran-backed Yemen rebels. "The president of Yemen has called for the start of the dialogue in Riyadh on the 17th of May," Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah told reporters after an extraordinary summit of the GCC nations. Hadi and members of his government fled to Saudi Arabia after the rebels seized the Yemeni capital and advanced onto the president's last refuge in the war-torn country -- the main southern city of Aden.
Tue, 05 May 2015 13:04:58 -0400
Congo army says kills 16 Ugandan rebels, loses four soldiers
The army of Democratic Republic of Congo killed 16 Ugandan Islamist rebels over the weekend in fierce fighting, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, part of a campaign to drive the militants from the country's volatile eastern region. Congolese forces launched Operation Sukola I early last year against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who are accused of massacring some 300 villagers near the town of Beni in North Kivu province between October and December. Four Congolese government soldiers were also killed in Sunday's fighting, which took place in Kokola, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Beni, according to Major Victor Masandi, an army spokesman for the operation. "The toll from the battle is 16 ADF killed, six AK-47s recovered," he said.
Tue, 05 May 2015 12:55:19 -0400
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