Tuesday 28 April 2015

US blames Houthi battlefield moves for new Saudi strikes

The US has squarely blamed Houthi fighters for renewed Saudi-led bombings, accusing them of using a relative lull in airstrikes meant to help set the stage for peace talks to instead pursue battlefield advances. Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel a


Oil falls 1pc over rising US crude stockpiles

Oil fell more than 1 per cent on Tuesday ahead of weekly US crude inventory data that is expected to hit another high and as Saudi Arabia pledged to supply more oil to China if needed. US commercial crude stockpiles were expected to have risen for a 16th straight week last week,


Angry Nepalis wait for help as death toll passes 4,000

Shock turned to anger in Nepal on Tuesday as some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 4,000 people, expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis. International aid has finally begu


Nepal scrambles to organise relief, many flee capital

Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. By afternoon, the death toll from Satur


Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuke pact meeting

Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said. Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuc


Malaysia foils plan by suspected militants to attack capital

Malaysian police have arrested 12 people linked to the militant group Islamic State and seized explosives, foiling a plan to attack several locations in and around the capital, which is hosting the Asean summit. Security had already been heightened in Kuala Lumpur where leaders o


A million children ‘severely affected’ in Nepal

Nearly a million children have been "severely affected" by a severe earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 3,200 people, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said, as rescue and aid workers struggle to cope. With hundreds of thousands o


Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 3,200

Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 3,200 people and overwhelmed authorities struggled to cope with the disaster. The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the


Nepal's hospitals swamped as quake toll passes 2,400

Overwhelmed doctors moved hundreds of patients onto the streets of Nepal's capital when aftershocks rattled hospitals and buildings already damaged by an earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people.   Sick and wounded people lay on a dusty road outside Kathmandu Medica


Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll tops 1,800

Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. People used their hands in many places t

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