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Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago

BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors and officials have gathered at the memorial site of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany to commemorate the liberation of the camp seventy years ago.

First survivors of Mount Everest avalanche reach Kathmandu

In this photo provided by Azim Afif, a man helps an injured woman after she is checked by a doctor at the International Mount Guide (IMG) camp at Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Sunday, April 26, 2015. An avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp Saturday, killing a number of people and left others unaccounted for. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The first group of survivors from an earthquake-triggered avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp were flown to Nepal's capital on Sunday and taken to hospitals. None appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Syrian air raids target rebel-held town in northwest

This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Saturday, April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows Nusra Front fighters in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. Hard-line Syrian rebel groups entered the strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen them take nearly all of a crucial province. Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed some 220,000 people, and wounded at least 1 million. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military aircraft bombed the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour on Sunday, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling.

Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015, photo, members of the Sudanese security forces guard the historic Meroe pyramids in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan. The pyramids at Meroe are deserted despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those at Giza in Egypt. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)AL-BERGAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted.

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemeni capital, ships shell Aden: residents

A girl runs for shelter during airstrike in SanaaAt least five air strikes hit military sites and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Yemeni capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. The bombings were the first raids on Sanaa since a Saudi-led alliance said last week it was scaling back a campaign against Iranian-allied Houthi militias, which control Sanaa and have powerful allies in Yemen's factionalised armed forces. Eyewitnesses in Aden said foreign warships pounded Houthi armed positions around the city's main commercial port and dockyard, the first time the port area has been shelled, residents said. In the southern province of Dalea, the militiamen said they had fought for hours to retake several rural districts with the help of Saudi-led air strikes, in fighting which left around 25 of the Houthi forces and six of their own men dead.

Yemen militia make gains against Houthis in central city: residents

SANAA (Reuters) - A group of tribal and Islamist fighters in the strategically important central Yemeni city of Taiz on Sunday took back several districts from the Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting, residents said. The reverses deal a blow to the Houthis in an area they have controlled largely unopposed for more than a month. They may be a sign that more than a month of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi forces have emboldened armed opposition groups. (Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Syrian TV says insurgents killed civilians after capturing town

Rebel fighters celebrate with their weapons as they pose in Jisr al-Shughour town after they took control of the areaSyrian television said on Sunday that Islamist insurgents who seized a key northwestern town had since slaughtered civilians, but monitors of the war said only government supporters had been detained and no one killed. Rebels including al-Qaeda's Syria wing captured Jisr al-Shughour for the first time in the four-year conflict on Saturday, edging closer to Latakia, the coastal province of vital importance to President Bashar al-Assad. "Terrorist groups committed a horrific massacre of civilians after entering Jisr al-Shughour," state television quoted a military source as saying. "No women and children were captured." His monitoring group, which says it collects information from all sides of the conflict, said at least 27 people, mainly insurgents, were killed after Syrian jets bombed Jisr al-Shughour.

Egypt's trial of Mursi 'badly flawed': Human Rights Watch

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sits behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of CairoThe trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. A court on April 21 convicted Mursi and 12 other Muslim Brotherhood members of violence, kidnapping and torture over the deaths of protesters in 2012. The rise to power of the Brotherhood, a decades-old Islamist movement, after the Arab Spring uprisings polarized Egypt's population and led to months of unrest. The army ousted Mursi in mid-2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Burundi riot police disperse protests against president's third term

Burundi police forces restrain supporters of the ruling CNDD-FDD party after their congress meeting in the capital BujumburaBy Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Police in the Burundian capital used water cannon and tear gas on Sunday to disperse protesters demonstrating against President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term, witnesses said, after the government banned protests for or against the move. Witnesses at the protests said at least one police officer and a protester were injured. Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate on Saturday, prompting hundreds of civil society groups to decry the move as a "coup" against the constitution, which limits leaders to two terms in office. "We deplore the way police acted with violence against a peaceful demonstration," said Janvier Bigirimana, a civil society activist.

Burundi ministers, police threaten to shut down radio station over protest coverage

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi police and two government ministers forcefully entered a radio station on Sunday and threatened to shut it down for broadcasting about protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term in office, a Reuters witness said. Alexandre Niyungeko, chairman of the Burundi Journalists' Union, who was also at the scene, said Burundi's Interior Minister Edward Nduwimana had told the RPA station he wanted to close it for broadcasting messages inciting people to revolt.

One more Ukrainian serviceman killed in rebel attacks: Ukraine military

KIEV (Reuters) - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and seven servicemen were wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine's military said on Sunday. Spokeman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said the separatists had stepped up their attacks against government forces in violation of a February ceasefire and were using large-caliber artillery which both sides are committed to pulling back from the conflict area. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Quake deals heavy blow to Nepal's rich cultural heritage

Nepalese rescue members and onlookers gather at the collapsed Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015Reduced to piles of rubble and splintered wood, Nepal's rich cultural heritage has suffered a devastating blow from a massive earthquake that tore through the country, experts said Sunday. In the heart of Kathmandu, many of a cluster of temples and statues built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal have collapsed, killing scores and trapping others underneath. The nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction in the city's Durbar square with its spiral staircase of 200 steps, was reduced to just its base when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck at lunchtime on Saturday. "I had just bought tickets to climb the tower and was at its base when I felt a sudden shaking," Dharmu Subedi, 36, said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu.

OCA secretary says Bach visit is boost for Indian sports

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, April 20, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)NEW DELHI (AP) — Olympic Council of Asia secretary-general Randhir Singh says International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach's visit to India will boost the profile of Olympic sports in the country irrespective of whether it bids for the Olympic Games.

Labour rules out informal deal with Scots nationalists after May election

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Miliband addresses an audience during a campaign event in LondonThe leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Sunday ruled out an informal deal with Scottish nationalists after a May 7 election if his party fails to win an overall majority, something he has previously declined to do. When asked if left-wing Labour would negotiate with the Scottish nationalists after the election, Labour leader Ed Miliband told the BBC: "I'm not interested in deals no." Miliband had already ruled out a formal coalition with the Scottish National Party, but his failure to exclude a looser arrangement - known as a 'confidence and supply' deal - had been seized upon by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. I'm not doing deals with the Scottish National Party," said Miliband. Opinion polls have consistently shown that neither the Conservatives nor Labour are likely to win an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament.

Primary colors: Britain chooses artist to chronicle election

In this photo taken on Thursday, April 2, 2015, artist Adam Dant sketches a television film crew on College Green in Westminster, London. In this era of Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and selfies, Britain’s Parliament has taken a step back to the 1700s, choosing an artist armed with pencil and paper to offer insight into the general election campaign. With a commission from the House of Commons, Adam Dant is crisscrossing the country, drawing candidates on the hustings, reporters in scrums and voters at rallies to create a rolling snapshot of this year’s election campaign, sketched at speed with a black Chinagraph pencil. Primary colors will be added later. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — In this era of Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and selfies, Britain's Parliament has taken a step back to the 1700s, choosing an artist armed with pencil and paper to offer insight into the general election campaign.