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Vladimir Putin says `no regrets` over Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice."

Baltimore police arrest 34 after violent protests

 Police arrested 34 people when protests over the death of a black man in custody spiraled into violence in Baltimore, authorities said, calling for calm in the tense US city.

African quake rescue experts ready to leave for Nepal

 South African's rescue and relief organisation 'Gift of the Givers' is ready to go to Nepal with specialised equipment to provide assistance after the powerful earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people.

Air raids on market kill 40 as Syria regime hits back

Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.

Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave

Turkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided i

Burundi opposition calls for even bigger protests on Monday

Opponents of a bid by Burundi`s president to seek a contested third term in office on Sunday called for even bigger street protests after a day of violent clashes with police. 

Tanzania's liberation icon Hashim Mbita dies at 74

 Hashim Mbita, a Tanzanian army general and the icon of the southern Africa liberation struggle, died at the age of 74 on Sunday after a long illness.

US sends aid workers to Nepal

 The US today sent a military aircraft with relief materials and nearly 70 rescue workers to Nepal to provide assistance after the powerful earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev `wins fifth term by a landslide`

 Energy-rich Kazakhstan`s incumbent strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday`s one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term, an exit poll showed.

EU announces USD 3.25 million emergency aid for Nepal

The European Commission on Sunday released USD 3.25 million in emergency aid for Nepal, where over 2,500 people died in a massive earthquake the previous day.

Three US citizens dead in Nepal earthquake

Three Americans have died in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, the US State Department said on Sunday, including a woman who died when an avalanche triggered by the temblor struck the climbers` base camp on Mount Everest.

Clinton Foundation admits financial disclosure `mistakes`

 Officials at the philanthropy founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton admitted Sunday that the organization has made financial disclosure "mistakes" and vowed to quickly correct the errors.

Khartoum accuses S.Sudan of backing Darfur rebels

Sudan`s military accused Juba of supporting rebels from Darfur after Khartoum`s troops clashed with the insurgents in part of the war-torn region near the border between the two countries Sunday.

Foreign countries, aid agencies race to reach Nepal quake victims

International agencies and governments rushed on Sunday to send search and rescue teams, doctors and medicines to Nepal where an earthquake has killed more than 2,400 people and left tens of thousands without food, water or shelter.

Nepal earthquake: Bad weather, fresh tremors hamper rescue operations; over 2500 dead
Nepal earthquake: Bad weather, fresh tremors hamper rescue operations; over 2500 dead

Nepal's worst earthquake since 1934 has killed over 2,500 people and injured thousands, and forced many more on Sunday to camp in the open due to powerful aftershocks. As grieving families jostled for space to cremate the dead, India stepped up relief and rescue work in the Himalayan country with which it has close ties.

Israel president marks Armenian massacre for first time

President Reuven Rivlin met Armenian community leaders Sunday on the centenary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians, the first time an Israeli head of state has marked the killings.

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi

Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year.

Israel to airlift 25 infants from Nepal born to surrogates

Israel said Sunday it planned to airlift 25 infants from quake-hit Nepal born to surrogate mothers, along with their Israeli parents, most of them homosexual couples.

Kazakhstan strongman Nazarbayev 'confident' of poll victory

Kazakhstan's citizens turned out in force on Sunday for a presidential poll almost certain to re-elect the 74-year-old strongman incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev, who said he was confident of public backing for his campaign.

Volcano ash causing misery for Chile, Argentina

Ash from Chile`s Calbuco volcano visited more misery on air passengers across South America on Sunday, as towns and cities struggled to clean up from last week`s two powerful eruptions.

Funeral planned for black man hurt in police custody

Violent protests in Baltimore yielded to calm Sunday, as mourners readied a funeral wake for Freddie Gray, an African American man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody.

US experts had warned about Nepal earthquake

US experts had warned for decades that Nepal was vulnerable to a quake that may take thousands of lives, media reported.

Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town: Monitor

Syrian jets killed at least 34 people in air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing in on government-held territory by the coast.

Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for `ordinary flat`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country`s elite.

Turkey detains 350 migrants en route to Europe: report

The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency said Sunday.

UK opposition leader narrows options on SNP election deal

British opposition leader Ed Miliband appeared to go a step further on Sunday in ruling out a deal with the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) if he fails to win next month's election outright.

Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," said a government statement.

Putin says `no regrets` on Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he had no regrets over Moscow`s 2014 annexation of Crimea and that it was righting a historical injustice.

Cameron turns up the passion on UK election trail

British Prime Minister David Cameron hit back Sunday at critics who claim his re-election campaign lacks passion, insisting he has the will to win a knife-edge poll on May 7.