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Powerful earthquake strikes Nepal: Things to Know

Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.



Quake triggers Everest avalanche, 10 killed

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least 10 people at the start of the main climbing season. The avalanche buried part of the base camp, raising fears for the safety of hundreds of climbers who were in the area, said Gyanendra Shrestha of the Tourism Ministry in Kathmandu.He said two tents at the camp had been filled with the injured. "The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas (guides)," he said.Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. April is one of the most popular times to scale Everest, before rain and clouds cloak the world's highest peak at the end of May.The 7.9 magnitude quake was the strongest to hit Nepal for 81 years and was known to have killed well over 700 people, mostly in the Kathmandu Valley, as well as sending tremors through northern India.
Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

Bill Grayden shows his medals as he speaks to The Associated Press in Gallipoli, Turkey, Friday, April 24, 2015. For the first time at age 95, Grayden has come to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World War I invasion. Grayden was among thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who made the pilgrimage from the southern hemisphere to this distant peninsula in Turkey.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)GALLIPOLI, Turkey (AP) — For the first time at age 95, Bill Grayden has come to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World War I invasion.



Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

Children of Filipina drug convict and death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, Mark Darren, 6 (lower front C), Mark Daniel, 12 (C), along with other relatives arrive in Cilacap, to visit Nusakambangan maximum security prison island, on April 25, 2015Indonesia said Saturday it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, but a Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism. "Today, just now, we just finished notifying every convict, nine people except for Serge," a spokesman for the attorney-general's office, Tony Spontana, told AFP, adding it would be at least three days until the sentences are carried out. Officials said earlier that Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, who was expected to be among the group being put to death, will not be included in the forthcoming batch as he still has an outstanding legal appeal.



Australians get 72-hour notice of execution in Indonesia - source

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two Australian drug convicts were notified on Saturday that they will be executed by firing squad in 72 hours at the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. "A 72 hours notice of execution was given to Bali 9 death row inmates Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on Saturday," the source told Reuters, declining to comment further. A total of seven convicts have received notifications of their imminent execution, said a lawyer for a Nigerian death row inmate who is among the group.


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