A Nepalese man carries his belongings from earthquake debris in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, today. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets.

Death toll rises to more than 3,700 in Nepal earthquake

The government and aid groups say that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope.

about 1 hour ago

 An advertisement for UKIP, the U.K. Independence Party, on a vehicle.

Anti-immigration sentiment puts UKIP on Britain’s electoral map

Won by the Conservatives in the last election, Thurrock is one of the most hotly contested parliamentary seats this time around.

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 A man climbs on top of collapsed buildings Sunday in Bhaktapur, Nepal, a day after parts of the nation were devastated by a 7.8 -magnitude earthquake.

Aid workers scramble as risks persist in Nepal

International aid agencies and governments mobilized Sunday to respond to the devastating temblor, which has killed more than 2,500 people.

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World briefs: Queen Elizabeth dropped from U.K. rich list

Plus: Pleas for mercy; Syrian jets kill at least 34; Airstrikes in Yemen

about 8 hours ago

France's gay ambassador-nominee poses diplomatic challenge for Pope Francis

France nominated an openly gay man, Laurent Stefanini, in January, but so far the Vatican hasn’t accepted the appointment.

about 8 hours ago

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

A senior Israeli official said the nation is ending a 20-year absence at the conference in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states.

about 8 hours ago

McCain renews push to end CIA control of drone strikes

His statements came after an attack on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan killed two hostages.

about 9 hours ago

 Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine, of Serbia, visited Pittsburgh at the home of Dr. Robert and Eugenia Friedlander of Shadyside.

Crown prince of Serbia seeks Pittsburgh medical expertise for his homeland

On Saturday afternoon, the man who would be king of Yugoslavia was sitting in a Shadyside living room talking about telemedicine.

1 day ago

World briefs: Bangladesh’s garment jobs sustain losses

Plus: VW chairman to quit; Kerry heads Arctic Council; women’s activist slain; corruption targeted.

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Earthquake in Nepal kills more than 1,000 and levels buildings in capital

The earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.8, struck around noon, and residents of Kathmandu ran into the streets as buildings fell.

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 Michael Kobold, of Kobold Watch Company, climbing through the ice fall from Base Camp to Camp 1. Mr. Kobold, along with a group of diplomats from the U.S. and Nepal, was working on the Kathmandu Firetruck Expedition, bringing more fire engines and emergency vehicles to the valley after the earthquake.

Nepalis in Pittsburgh feel the earthquake's shock

In Pittsburgh, a population of native Nepalis and those who have ties to the county shared a feeling of despair Saturday.

1 day ago

U.S. silence on drone strikes comes under pressure after hostage deaths

The revelation has revived questions about why the White House has been unwilling to provide similar information on other strikes.

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 Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Armenian Apostolic Church leader Catholicos Garegin II walk to attend a memorial service in the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial complex in Yerevan, Armenia on Friday.

As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide

Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915 constitutes genocide.

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Terrorist cell had sights on the Vatican, Italy says

Many of the suspects came from the same area in Pakistan, close to where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

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 A shoe lays by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles on Friday near the site where 14 other migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks.

Night train kills 14 migrants ‘sleeping’ on Macedonia tracks

Even as thousands risk drowning in the Mediterranean to reach Europe, many gamble with their lives by taking perilous overland journeys.

2 days ago

World Briefs: Iran moves ships, easing Yemen strain

Plus: Taliban launch offensive; Poland bars bikers; death sentence dodged; and more.

2 days ago

Genocide debate haunts Turkey 100 years after Armenian killings

As world leaders gather in the Armenian capital of Yerevan today, Turkey’s denials have left the country increasingly isolated.

3 days ago

 A child migrant plays on a tricycle outside prefabricated container houses at the Hal Far Tent Village open centre outside Valletta in September 2014.

Europe will boost patrols for migrants

Despite intense pressure, European leaders did not restore a search-and-rescue mission, credited with saving 100,000 lives.

3 days ago

Obama apologizes for Jan. drone attack

The bungled attack is likely to raise questions about the Obama administration’s extensive use of drones in its war against terrorism.

3 days ago

Chinese scientists modify DNA of human embroyos

This controversial technique represents a biological version of a word-processing program's "find and replace” function.

3 days ago

Worls briefs: U.S. addresses cyber intrusion by Russians

Plus: U.S. troops in Ukraine?; Saudi airstrikes; Bank to pay $2.5 billion; Secret trade deals hit; Attack plan probed

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 An Italian naval officer interacts with a child amongst rescued migrants onboard the Italian Navy vessel Bettica as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on Wednesday.

EU leaders to restore rescue operations after migrant boat disaster

A military mission to destroy traffickers’ boats is on the agenda of a meeting today of European Union leaders.

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 President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House today. The president took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies.

American, Italian hostages killed in U.S. drone strike on al-Qaida

“No words can fully express our regret over this tragedy,” a White House statement said.

3 days ago

 Shiite rebels known as Houthis hold up their weapons as they chant slogans during a protest to denounce the Saudi aggression in Sanaa, Yemen.

Saudi coalition ends short halt to Yemen raids

The continued airstrikes suggested that the  offensive, aimed at restoring Yemen’s internationally recognized president, was entering a new

4 days ago

 Pro-democracy demonstrators rally Wednesday outside the government building in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong faces resistance with Beijing-backed election plan

The long-expected overhaul package made some tweaks but gave little ground to pro-democracy leaders.

4 days ago

World Briefs: Russia eyes ‘neutral’ Ukraine

Plus: Pope to visit Cuba; China-Japan huddle; drone lands on PM’s roof; terrorism plot foiled; insurgent lair invaded.

4 days ago

 Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening waits at court for the opening of his trial on April 21, 2015, in Lueneburg, northern Germany. The 93-year-old man dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” is being tried on "accessory to murder" charges in 300,000 cases of deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers, and faces up to 15 years jail.

Trial of former Auschwitz guard, 93, opens in Germany

With Holocaust survivors watching in the courtroom, Oskar Groening read a clear account of his life, focusing on when he served in the SS.

5 days ago

 Pope Francis will become the third pope to visit Cuba.

Vatican confirms pope will stop in Cuba en route to U.S.

Francis has been credited with helping the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement.

4 days ago

Migrant boat’s captain collided with other ship

Italian prosecutors have faulted the captain of the migrant ship in a collision between his ship and a vessel dispatched to rescue it.

5 days ago

 Mohammed Morsi

Former Egyptian president Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood as well as Amnesty International called for his conviction of inciting violence to be overturned.

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 Smoke rises Tuesday after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache is in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

Saudis announce halt to airstrikes on rebels in Yemen

The Saudis were under pressure from the U.S. and others to end the campaign, in part due to civilian casualties and no clear military aim.

5 days ago

World Briefs: Fighting grips Ramadi amid military gains

Plus: S. Africa army deployed; Japan’s noncombat role; Poland beefs up military; and more.

5 days ago

Yemen airstrike carnage mounts

A Saudi-led airstrike Monday in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, is said to have killed at least 25 people, and over 350 were reported to be hurt.

6 days ago

 Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank Monday off the island of Rhodes in southeastern Greece.

EU vows more aid for migrants as peril in Mediterranean grows

Officials were mobilizing Monday to an emergency meeting after what was feared may be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant loss of life.

6 days ago

Was Ebola lying in wait?

Evidence suggests that the Ebola virus has been in the West African rain forest for years before last year’s deadly epidemic broke out.

6 days ago

 Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

Washington Post reporter held in Iran on 4 counts, his lawyer states

A lawyer for incarcerated Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian says he has been charged with four serious crimes including espionage.

6 days ago

World briefs: S. China Sea war games underway

Plus: Japan defense trade show; Gazprom charge looms; FBI director’s remarks

6 days ago

 Children play inside a bomb shelter on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Doctor who studied in Pittsburgh aids people in embattled eastern Ukraine

Physician Yakiv Rogalin has focused the work of his foundation on civilians affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

1 week ago

 Brother Bernard Hartman

Former North Catholic teacher faces trial in Australia on child abuse charges

Brother Bernard Hartman, a former North Catholic teacher, goes on trial in Australia on charges of abusing children there.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis delivers his speech from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square during the Regina Coeli midday prayer, at the Vatican.

Hundreds feared dead in Mediterranean

The incident could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensified pressure on the European Union to act.

1 week ago

 Nina Jablonski  and her husband and collaborator, George Chaplin, go over their map of predicted skin color.

Research shows our skin color is the evolutionary gateway to vitamin D

The vitamin is important for bone health, safe pregnancies and a strong immune system.

1 week ago

 This undated image made from a video released Sunday by Islamic State militants appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Islamic State releases video of executions of Ethiopians

The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate.

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 Rescuers help children disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early today. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler's boat crammed with about 700 people overturned off Libya's coast Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy.

More migrant boats issue distress calls as search for survivors continues off Libya

Officials estimate that 700 people may have drowned when a ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday night.

6 days ago

China’s Xi to seal deals in Pakistan

The deals will extend Beijing’s reach to the mouth of the Persian Gulf and allow China to supplant the U.S. as Pakistan’s biggest investor.

1 week ago

Mexican police killed 16 protesters in January, reports say

The accounts appeared to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

1 week ago

World briefs: Afghan police complaints suppressed

PLUS: Progress on trade talks; No nuclear inspections; WHO admits Ebola failings.

1 week ago

China ruling golf out of bounds

In recent reports, state-run news outlets have depicted gofg as yet another temptation that has led Communist Party officials astray.

1 week ago

Sale of U.S. arms fuels the wars of Arab states

The proxy wars in Middle East have resulted in a boom for U.S. defense industry from overseas sales at a time of shrinking Pentagon budgets.

1 week ago

Islamic State tied to Afghan attack that killed 35

A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

1 week ago

Failings on pilot fitness are exposed at German airline

Lufthansa did not, from everything known about the case, pursue any plan to ensure that Andreas Lubitz was getting appropriate treatment.

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