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Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, PM says toll could be 10,000
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:50:08 GMT
-India cancels licenses of nearly 9,000 charities over foreign funds
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundatiob) - India has canceled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations in the country.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:43:44 GMT
-China 'extremely concerned' by ASEAN statement on disputed sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:38:48 GMT
-UK's Conservatives one point ahead of Labour: TNS poll
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's ruling Conservatives were one point ahead of the opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll by TNS published on Tuesday, ahead of a general election on May 7.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:33:51 GMT
-Syria's defense minister in Iran to discuss fighting terror: agency
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's defense minister started an official visit to its major ally Iran on Tuesday at the head of a military delegation to discuss cooperation "in the face of terrorism," Syria's state news agency SANA said.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:31:29 GMT
-Nine face midnight firing squad in Indonesia, hopes for reprieve gone
CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nine drug traffickers held emotional farewell meetings with their families at an Indonesian prison on Tuesday, after Jakarta rejected last-ditch pleas from around the world for clemency and ordered their mass execution to proceed within hours.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:25:57 GMT
-Two projectiles hit Israeli-occupied Golan, no casualties
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two projectiles hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, causing no casualties, Israeli military sources said, describing the incident as apparent errant fire from Syria's civil war.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:18:52 GMT
-Modern day slavery too often goes unpunished in India, says report
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A shortage of specialized legal care and protection means that victims of trafficking and bonded labor in India fail to get justice and perpetrators continue to buy and sell people with impunity, a report said on Monday.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:10:18 GMT
-Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to discuss ways to end conflict
NICOSIA (Reuters) - Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades will meet newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on May 2 to push stalled peace talks forward, a Cypriot government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:05:26 GMT
-Ukrainian serviceman killed in rebel attacks in eastern Ukraine: Kiev military
KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and 14 others wounded as pro-Russian separatists significantly increased attacks on government forces despite a ceasefire, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military said on Tuesday.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:03:31 GMT
-Finnish military fires depth charges at suspected submarine
HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Finnish military fired on Tuesday handheld underwater depth charges as a warning against a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki, an incident that comes amid growing military tensions with neighboring Russia.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:01:18 GMT
-Tsipras presses for early Greek debt deal but flags referendum
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday he was confident of an early deal with international creditors, after shaking up his negotiating team and sidelining his outspoken finance minister who has infuriated euro zone partners.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:47:02 GMT
-Special Report: For UK political donors, an unintended tax break
LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Britain's biggest political donors, including a dozen senior lawmakers, have benefited from a little-noticed loophole that lets them avoid tax on millions of pounds in donations to political parties, a Reuters analysis has found.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:38:40 GMT
-China protests over shelling as Myanmar battles insurgents
BEIJING (Reuters) - China repeated demands on Tuesday for Myanmar to take steps to prevent fighting with rebels from spilling over the border after more shells fell on Chinese territory during counter-insurgency operations.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:32:17 GMT
-Taliban, Afghan forces battle for control of northern city
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan forces battled Taliban fighters on the outskirts of a northern city on Tuesday, with police in Kunduz province saying scores of combatants had been killed as insurgents mounted an offensive following the withdrawal of most NATO forces.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:15:23 GMT
-U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:49:33 GMT
-At least one dead, 80 injured in S.Africa train collision
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and several others injured after two commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, train operator Metrorail and emergency services said.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:45:45 GMT
-Palestinian shot by Israeli troops dies of wounds
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank died of his wounds on Tuesday, a hospital official said, the third Palestinian killed in a flare-up of violence over the past three days.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:24:26 GMT
-Yemen's VP Bahah urges Houthis to stop targeting cities: media
RIYADH (Reuters) - Yemen's Vice President Khaled Bahah, a politician respected across the country's spectrum of factions, called on Houthi forces to stop advances on cities and heed a U.N. Security Council demand for an end to fighting, local media reported.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:05:27 GMT
-Japan's Abe seeks to showcase close U.S. ties on landmark visit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China’s rising influence in Asia.

Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:47:48 GMT

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