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Survivors' tales from Everest avalanche horror

AFP Nepal bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly was at Everest base camp on Saturday when an avalanche cascaded down the mountain, flattening everything in its path.

Philippines leader to appeal for Filipina's life at Asean summit

The Philippine president said Sunday he would appeal for mercy for a Filipina who is due to be executed in Indonesia in two days time.

Four dead in suspected revenge attack in Philippines

Four people including a child were killed and nine wounded in a suspected revenge attack in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

International rescuers, aid dispatched to Nepal quake

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

Earthquakes compel Nepalese to spend sleepless night in open air

Sixty-year-old R. Sumsher Thapa from the capital could not close his eyes for a single minute on Saturday night as the aftershocks came almost every hour.

6.6m affected by Nepal quake: UN

An estimated 6.6 million people live in 30 districts were affected by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday, the United Nations Office in Nepalese capital Kathmandu said in a statement on Sunday morning.

Asian countries search for citizens stranded by Nepal quake

Asian countries were scrambling on Sunday to locate thousands of their nationals stranded in Nepal after a huge earthquake devastated the Himalayan nation, severing communications and transport links.

Relief aid rushed to Nepal after devastating quake

The world is focusing on Nepal after a deadly earthquake jolted large parts of the mountain country on Saturday.

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.

Choppers reach Everest to rescue avalanche victims

Helicopters began landing at Mount Everest base camp on Sunday to rescue victims of an avalanche that has killed at least 14 people, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.