• Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists trade accusations as Minsk deal frays

    By Pavel Polityuk and Jason Bush KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine traded accusations on Saturday, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in February may collapse, although monitors said the violations were still relatively…

  • Greece, lenders must reach deal by early May, Deputy PM tells paper

    Greece and its lenders must reach a reform deal by early May to address Greece's need for cash, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said in an interview with a Greek newspaper published on Saturday. Shut out of international markets and locked in talks with its European Union and International…

  • Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli…

  • Drone killing accidents reveal Obama’s tough war choices

    Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or no boundaries), enemies from supposedly…

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  • Free-range vs. helicopter: What does it mean to be a good parent?

    As such stories gain media attention, they’ve sparked a wide-ranging debate on what constitutes neglect, when the state should intervene in parenting decisions, and whether the shifting trends toward helicopter parenting and constant supervision are actually in children’s best interest. It took…

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  • How to create neighborhoods where children are free to play

    A common complaint of parents who want to give their kids more unsupervised playtime is that none of their neighbors do it: They might let their children walk home from school or wander the neighborhood, but without other kids around, it’s not as much fun. “I couldn’t find neighborhoods where kids…

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  • Why does Nepal get such big earthquakes?

    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal Saturday, leveling buildings and killing nearly 1,000 people, according to reports. The quake, which has triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest and tremors felt in India, Tibet, and Bangladesh, is the worst to hit…

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  • Two Swedes abducted by Nusfra Front in Syria freed: TT news agency

    Two Swedes who were abducted in 2013 by Al Qaeda's Nusra Front in Syria were released on Friday, news agency TT reported on Saturday, quoting Sweden's Foreign Ministry and Palestine's ambassador to Sweden. The identities of the men were not disclosed but TT said one of them belonged to a…

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  • Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Nepal's Tourism…

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  • 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.

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  • Lucas leads US women in 800-meter relay at Penn Relays

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Porscha Lucas led Team USA to victory in the women's 800-meter relay at the Penn Relays on Saturday and the Americans won four of six events in the U.S.A. vs. The World races.

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  • Castroneves grabs IndyCar pole, Team Penske gets top 3 spots

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Helio Castroneves will start from the pole position at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a shortened qualifying session.

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  • 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.

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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…

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  • 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.

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  • Tribunal tells Ghana to suspend new oil drilling in disputed waters

    An international tribunal on Saturday ordered Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in waters disputed with Ivory Coast, pending a final judgement. The African oil-producing neighbours took their case to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea after months…

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

    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.…

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  • Messi scores in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Espanyol

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Neymar kept front-runner Barcelona on pace to reclaiming the Spanish league title after scoring in a 2-0 win at Espanyol to provisionally increase its lead over Real Madrid on Saturday.

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