• Centenarian survives Nepal quake, worries he's testing fate

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    BIDUR, Nepal (AP) — It was an unlikely escape. By his own account, he should have died. But when the humble hut of stacked grey stones collapsed onto Funchu Tamang, who believes himself to be 101 years old, his daughter-in-law quickly pulled him from the wreckage. He was hit in the chest by a rock during the quake. A couple of ribs were broken, giving him trouble breathing. The next day, just when his son arrived from Nepal's northwest, Tamang was weak and delirious. "I thought my father was dead," 58-year-old Bal Bahadur Tamang said Monday. But the old man had only fallen unconscious. They revived him, but a few days later it became clear he needed more medical help. His wheezing was getting worse. He was tired and often d

  • Muted celebrations of Buddha's birthday in Nepal

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    BIDUR, Nepal (AP) — Celebrations of Buddha's birthday in Nepal were muted on Monday, as the faithful turned their prayers to loved ones lost in the country's massive earthquake and worries that the tragedy might be the start of a much larger reckoning. According to Buddhist scripture, when the land becomes burdened — by pollution, overpopulation or simply too much evil — a cleansing may be in order. First there is an earthquake and then fire. Next, a storm and possibly a tsunami. "This is just the beginning," said Premaya Lama, caretaker of the Nedyon Unphong Thapchyo Monastery, a half-built prayer house festooned with sun-faded prayer flags flapping in a gentle breeze on the banks of the Trishuli River in Nepal's centr

  • Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) — Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom. The arrests have exposed a link between the human traffickers and local Thai officials, who have apparently been taking bribes to either collude with the traffickers or at least turn a blind eye to the smuggling, according to human rights groups.

  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed. Washington has offered a $1 million award for Usman's capture and prosecution. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said that infighting among Usman's bodyguards led to a firefight Sunday in southern Maguindanao province, near a designated safe area for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group that signed a peace deal with the government last year. He said Usman and five others were killed in a shootout allegedly with fellow members of his

  • Magnitude-5.6 quake jolts New Zealand; no major damage

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    WANAKA, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolted the South Island of New Zealand Monday afternoon, but there were no initial reports of major damage or injuries. The United States Geological Survey put the center of the temblor at 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the town of Wanaka. New Zealand police issued a statement saying that people had reported some instances of broken windows but no major damage. Residents across the South Island reported feeling the quake as a strong, sharp rattle. Fairfax Media reported tourist attraction Puzzling World was evacuated because of the quake. The attraction includes a large maze and rooms of illusion. USGS said the quake struck at about 2:30 p.m. at a rela

  • Nepal's wrenching choices: 'I feel like I could die anytime'

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four days after the earthquake ripped apart the supporting wall attaching her ancient brick house to the tilting seven-story building next door, Parbati Gautam moved back in. As the aftershocks keep coming, she can't stop thinking about the wretched state of the four-story structure where she and her husband operate a narrow, soot-streaked bakery on the first floor — and the closet-sized room behind that where they sleep with their two little girls. The building was so rattled by the huge April 25 quake that fist-sized cracks spread like webs across the walls and ceilings, connecting in places like small river deltas seen from the air. And then there's the giant peach-colored building that looms un

  • Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday. Refugee advocates and human rights groups have criticized Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government over drastic tactics it has used under its Operation Sovereign Borders policy to stop the flow of people-smuggling boats heading from Indonesian ports with asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Abbott did not identify which European country or countries had sought Australian advice.

  • McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship. No one ever had to play seven matches in five days, and McIlroy won them all in the new round-robin format. He had to beat three players on the same day, a first in the 17 years of this tournament. And three times, he stood on the 17th tee trailing. McIlroy didn't need a comeback in the final Sunday afternoon. He won four straight holes on the front nine against an errant Gary Woodland, survived a brief scare and wound up with a 4-and-2 victory for his second World Golf Championship. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy," McIlroy said. Three weeks after Jordan Spieth won the Masters and emerged as the most likely riv

  • Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for 2nd time

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Inbee Park loves coming to Texas. For the second time in three years, she's leaving the Lone Star State with a trophy. Two years after winning the LPGA Tour's inaugural North Texas Shootout, Park closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Sunday to win it again, this time by three strokes over Cristie Kerr and Hee Young Park. "I don't know how I did it, but I did it twice," Inbee Park said. "I love this golf course. ... It seems like it really suits my eye." Park, ranked No. 2 in the world, never surrendered the lead after consecutive birdies at the second and third holes at Las Colinas Country Club, finishing at 15-under 269 for her second victory this year and 14th on the tour.

  • Rebels kill 8 Indian paramilitary soldiers

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Suspected rebels on Sunday ambushed and killed eight Indian paramilitary soldiers in the remote, troubled northeast, police said. Naga rebels armed with automatic weapons fired at two trucks carrying the soldiers in Nagaland state, in a region bordering Myanmar, police said. The mountainous region is known for its natural beauty but has been battling insurgency for decades. Violence has flared recently since the Naga rebels and Indian government called off peace talks last month. The rebels demand an independent homeland in India's northeast, where nearly 2 million Naga tribespeople live mainly in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh state.

  • Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics situation was improving. The death toll climbed to 7,276, including six foreigners and 45 Nepalese found over the weekend on a popular trekking route, said government administrator Gautam Rimal. Nepal's Tourist Police reported that a total of 57 foreigners have been killed in the April 25 quake, and 109 are still missing, including 12 Russians and nine Americans. The airport's main runway was temporarily closed to big planes because of damage.

  • The Latest on Nepal: 109 foreigners still missing; 57 died

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    09:20 p.m. (1535 GMT) Nepal's Tourist Police say 109 foreigners are still unaccounted for, including 12 Russians and nine Americans. A total of 57 have been killed, including 40 Indians, and another 52 are injured. — Binaj Gurubacharya, Kathmandu, Nepal ___ 4:20 p.m. (1035 GMT) Rescuers have found three survivors in a mountainous village in Nepal, several days since the earthquake. Two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village earlier this week, government administrator Surya Prasad Upadhaya said Sunday. It was not immediately clear which day they were found. An initial Associated Press report on the survivors misinterpreted the statement about the time of

  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision. Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said "the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist." He said Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being "an inspiration to every Filipino who is struggling with life's challenges to achiev

  • Mayweather wins decision in richest fight ever

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn't the best. Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation. After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight. Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring most of the fight.

  • Afghanistan: Taliban offensive forces thousands from homes

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan has forced thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said Sunday. Around 2,000 families have been displaced since the Taliban launched a surprise attack near the city of Kunduz nine days ago, said Meher Khuda Sabar, an official in the Refugee and Repatriation Ministry. Sabar, who heads the ministry's internal displacement department, said fighting has forced people into the city from surrounding areas as the insurgents close in. Many of the displaced were living with relatives, said Sayed Abdullah Hashimi, head of the Kunduz refugee department.

  • Rescuers find 3 survivors in Nepal days after quake

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers have found three survivors in a mountainous village in Nepal, several days since the earthquake, an official said Sunday. Two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village earlier this week, government administrator Surya Prasad Upadhaya said Sunday. It was not immediately clear which day they were found. An initial Associated Press report on the survivors misinterpreted the statement about the time of the rescue. They have been taken to a nearby military hospital for treatment, Upadhaya said. The district is the worst hit by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake with the highest number of casualties. It is located about 60 kilometers (35 miles) west of t

  • Quake hobbles Nepal, so villagers fend for selves

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    POKHARIDANDA, Nepal (AP) — Knock-kneed children drag scavenged sleeping mats into tarpaulin tents. Grandmothers clear rocks from demolition sites once called homes. And prodigal sons who rushed home to comfort their mothers are building new structures to shelter them from the rain. A week after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near here, in the central Gorkha district, people in many villages along the roads have stopped waiting for the government to bring help. Their needs are vast, but Nepal is so short on relief supplies and the means to distribute them that officials are focusing on the farthest flung reaches of the remote Himalayas. That leaves villages like Pokharidanda to fend for themselves.

  • Melbourne City beats Wellington 2-0 in A-League playoff

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Melbourne City will meet top-ranked Melbourne Victory in a semifinal derby after beating Wellington 2-0 Sunday in a playoff match in Australian football's A-League. Josh Kennedy scored with a close-range shot in the 61st minute and an own goal in the 72nd minute made the game safe for City who qualified for the playoffs in fifth place while Wellington ended the regular season fourth. The Victory won the Premier's Plate for finishing first at the end of the regular season, earning a direct path to the semifinals and the right to host the lower-ranked of the playoffs winners. On Friday third-placed Adelaide United beat defending champion Brisbane 2-1 to earn a semifinal match against Sydne

  • An elderly Nepali villager, and memories of the 1934 quake

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    POKHARIDANDA, Nepal (AP) — He was 9 years old when he felt the earth tremble for the first time. He'd been out in a field, grazing his goats on wild grass below Nepal's snow-covered peaks. "The earth started shaking," said Fattha Bahadur Rana, who at 90 years old is now the oldest man in this demolished farming village not far from the epicenter of the deadly April 25 earthquake. "I was a kid, I was scared. I saw everyone screaming, and I heard a loud roar." He lisps a little, because he has just two teeth left. "I thought that a plane had crashed from the sky," he said. It was 1934. Hitler was on the rise in Europe, America was engulfed in its Great Depression, and Nepal was a sleepy, feudal Himalayan kingdom at the northe

  • The Latest: Mayweather's dad says fighter done after 1 more

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — 11:25 p.m. (2:25 a.m.) The stage is set up inside the ring for the post-fight news conference, but Floyd Mayweather Sr. is holding court near the ring apron — and he isn't holding back about his son's future. "He ain't got nothing left to prove," Mayweather said after the dominant unanimous-decision win over Manny Pacquiao. The trainer is comfortable with his 38-year-old son's stated plan to retire in September after the final bout of his Showtime/CBS contract. "He's fought pretty much all the guys that's around here," the elder Mayweather continued. "All the hard hitters. There's nothing left to do. My son needs to take this contract and end it. He's out of tough fights.




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