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Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief, many flee capital

Nepal quakeNepalese 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 Saturday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake had climbed to more than 3,700, and reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly.

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Israeli military indicts 3 soldiers for looting in Gaza war

Gaza invasionThe Israeli military announced Sunday it indicted three soldiers for allegedly taking money from a building in Gaza during last year's war against Hamas militants.

The military said that two soldiers were indicted on suspicion they took the equivalent of $605 and another is accused of helping them.

A military police investigation was opened after the soldiers' commander reported them, it said. The military said it repeatedly tried to find the owner of the building but attempts were unsuccessful.

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More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

Nepal deathsSleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.

The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the worst of the aftershocks — magnitude 6.7 — pummeled the capital city. It came as planeloads of supplies, doctors and relief workers from neighboring countries began arriving in this poor Himalayan nation. No deaths or injuries were reported from the early Sunday afternoon quake, but it took an emotional toll.

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Nepal quake: Hundreds dead, history crumbles, Everest shaken

7.8 earthquake nepalA powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 906 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

At least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. The death toll is almost certain to rise, said deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam.

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High levels of radiation detected at Tokyo playground causes shutdown

Tokyo park radiationA Tokyo playground was shut down after high levels of radiation were detected in the area.

Japanese authorities found one spot contained radiation of 480 microsieverts per hour, the BBC reported. That amount was equal to nearly half the recommended limit of annual exposure for one person.

Tokyo officials were alerted to the radiation traces on Wednesday, Japanese television network NHK reported. They said they believe the radiation is coming from beneath the surface of the park.

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115 children killed since start of Saudi-led Yemen offensive

Yemen bombingsA United Nations report said on Friday that civilian causalities have mounted since the start of the Saudi-led offensive against Shiite rebels in Yemen, with more than 500 civilians killed in the nearly monthlong conflict, including at least 115 children.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said 1,185 civilians have been injured between March 26, when the airstrike campaign began, and April 22.

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Hamas wins student council vote at top West Bank university

BirzeitSupporters of the Islamic militant Hamas have won student council elections at the West Bank's flagship university, Bir Zeit, defeating rivals from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

The last Palestinian general election was held in 2006, and student council elections offer a rare gauge of the mood among future elites. Hamas and Fatah remain bitter opponents, despite repeated reconciliation attempts since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip from Abbas in 2007. Since the takeover, Abbas' security forces have been clamping down on Hamas in the West Bank.

TVNL Comment:  Will Israel now invade the university?  Just asking.

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