Italian Coast Guard and commercial vessels came to the rescue of at least 16 boats of migrants, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya’s coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean.
“We have already asked them to go home,” Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, a Home Ministry spokesman, said Monday of the foreign rescue teams, adding that roughly half the 4,000 rescuers had already left. “I think all the rescuers will go to their respective countries by Friday.”
French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was suspended Monday from the National Front party he built into a political force over four decades after a series of controversial remarks about Jews and Nazis put him on the fast track to disgrace.
Israeli troops who served in last summer’s war in Gaza were ordered to shoot people on sight, shelled homes and reduced neighborhoods to rubble as part of a deliberate policy of force protection that cost the lives of Palestinian civilians, according to soldiers’ testimonies published by an Israeli veterans group.
Nigeria’s military said it has freed nearly 700 Boko Haram captives in the past week. Girls and women brought to a refugee camp, still finding it hard to believe they are safe, tell tragic stories of their time in captivity.
Britain’s newborn princess, the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, has spent her first night at home in London’s Kensington Palace, but the guessing game continues over what her name will be.
Early Saturday, a convoy of covered trucks approached Pauwathok. The trucks were apparently transporting aid and escorted by Nepalese police carrying automatic weapons. Hungry residents ran toward the road. The trucks were not stopping. “Are we invisible to you?” a voice among the crowd screamed as the trucks rode slowly up a hill and out of sight.
As Balkan men fight in Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State, attacks at home are intensifying on the legitimacy of the liberal Islam that’s evolved in the Balkans over centuries. Fear is mounting that Bosnia and Kosovo will provide a pathway to the West for radicals.
Helicopters are crisscrossing the mountains near the epicenter of the earthquake that killed more than 4,400, ferrying the injured to clinics and taking emergency supplies back to villages cut off by landslides.
When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group’s commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area’s tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.
German airline Lufthansa, still coping with the aftermath of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, saw its operating losses narrow in the first quarter as fuel costs fell in the wake of lower oil prices.
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