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Fire Razes Slipper Factory In The Philippines; Dozens Feared Dead

slipper factory fire in PhilippinesA fire at a Philippine rubber slipper factory killed 31 workers on Wednesday and dozens were missing and feared dead, government and fire officials said.

Ariel Barayuga, head of bureau of fire protection, said investigators were trying to determine the cause of fire in the capital, Manila, that trapped workers at the two-storey factory building of Kentex Manufacturing Inc, which makes flip-flops and slippers.

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Vatican recognizes Palestine in new treaty

Pope recognizes PalestineThe Vatican formally recognized Palestine as a state Wednesday in a treaty, the first legal document negotiated between Palestine and the Holy See.

The yet-unsigned treaty specifies the Holy See no longer deals with the Palestine Liberation Organization but with the state of Palestine, a symbolic but important formality in Palestine's legitimacy as a nation. The Vatican, whose interests include the safety of many Christian holy sites in Israel and Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, thus joins a number of European countries accepting Palestine as a state.

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Resettled in the US, Afghan interpreters plead for help

afghan interpretersIn 2007, Sardar Khan, a young Afghan just out of high school, signed up at Camp Phoenix in Kabul to work as an interpreter for the U.S. military.

It was a straightforward decision. For years, he'd seen American soldiers walking around the streets near his home. He was struck by their tone.

“They … [spoke] in a nice way to the people and they were helping the people,” he recalled. “On that time, a question occurr in my mind: … These people [left] their families. They are coming here to help this country. ‘Why [are] you not joining them?’”

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Another major earthquake shakes Nepal, killing at least 42

Nepal earthquakeA major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 42 people, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

The magnitude-7.3 quake hit hardest in districts northeast of the capital and terrified a nation already shell-shocked and struggling after a more powerful quake on April 25 killed more than 8,150 and flattened entire villages, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

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Saudi King Salman, other Gulf leaders won't attend Camp David summit

Saudi KingSaudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a summit called by President Barack Obama at Camp David on Wednesday, the Saudi foreign minister said.

The absence of the new monarch from the meeting, called to build support for a nuclear agreement with Iran among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) about the United States' relationship with Iran, was announced Sunday by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. He said Salman would stay home as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is targeting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, takes hold.

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Former President Jimmy Carter cuts short trip to Guyana

Jimmy CarterFormer President Jimmy Carter has cut his trip to Guyana short amid health concerns.

CBS46's Scott Light has been traveling with President Carter during his trip for the 100th election The Carter Center has observed worldwide and the fourth one in Guyana.

The Carter Center released the following statement:  "President Carter was not feeling well and has departed Guyana to return to Atlanta today."

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Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine conflict

Russian soldiers quittingSome Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin's continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians fighting alongside rebels there are volunteers.

Evidence for Russians fighting in Ukraine – Russian army equipment found in the country, testimony from soldiers' families and from Ukrainians who say they were captured by Russian paratroopers – is abundant. Associates of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Kremlin critic killed in February, will soon publish a report which they say will contain new evidence of the Russian military presence in Ukraine.

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