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Afghan officials say that Taliban militants have staged a coordinated assault on the country’s government security agency during the height of the Tuesday morning rush hour. At least 198 people have been confirmed injured and an unknown number of people are believed to have died.

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NY MINI RETURNS

Supreme Court Appears Divided on Obama’s Immigration Plan

By ADAM LIPTAK and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

During an extended argument, the justices occasionally paused to acknowledge realities outside the courtroom in connection with the president’s plan to shield millions from deportation.

Saudi women and men on opposite sides of a hall at the American Express Luxury Expo in Riyadh last month.

Obama to Visit a Saudi Arabia Deep in Turmoil

By BEN HUBBARD and NICHOLAS KULISH

As the kingdom prepares to greet the president, it faces low oil prices, rising Iranian influence and fears of a widening rift with the United States.

Carlos Chávez watched over the wrapped body of his 31-year-old daughter, Vicky Chávez, on Monday after it was retrieved from the rubble of a building severely damaged by the earthquake in Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Earthquake Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Ecuador

By MAGGY AYALA and KIRK SEMPLE

Rescuers are still digging through the rubble fromSaturday’s magnitude 7.8 quake, the strongest to strike Ecuador in decades.

Volatility Returns to Oil Market After OPEC Deal Fails

By JAD MOUAWAD

After plunging in Asia, prices recovered somewhat in Europe, as traders weighed the breakdown of a summit meeting against an energy strike in Kuwait.

. Obama to Visit a Saudi Arabia Deep in Turmoil
. In Doha, Major Oil Exporters Fail to Agree on Production Freeze
Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER

Buildups by the United States, Russia and China unsettle the balance of destructive force that has kept the nuclear peace for more than a half-century.

Pope Francis arriving Saturday at the Moria detention center on the Greek island of Lesbos, where refugees are held as they await rulings on their asylum applications.

Pope Francis Takes 12 Refugees Back to Vatican After Trip to Greece

By JIM YARDLEY

The pontiff visited Lesbos, the heart of Europe’s migrant crisis, asking for deeper sympathy at a moment when attitudes are hardening.

 

World
A main street was covered with the debris of a newly collapsed house after a second earthquake hit southwestern Japan, in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Saturday.

More Than 40 in Japan Are Confirmed Dead in Earthquakes

By JONATHAN SOBLE

Aftershocks were continuing on the island of Kyushu, and a warning that strong quakes were possible for several more days was issued.

Fishermen casting from a breakwater in February as a ship from the Baltic Fleet sailed from the port of Baltiysk in Russia's westernmost province.

Russian Enclave Seen as a Fault Line of East-West Tensions

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Kaliningrad, a part of Russia on the Baltic Sea, has become heavily armed amid tensions with the West.

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil.

Dilma Rousseff’s Former Supporters in Brazil Express Disillusionment

By ANDREW JACOBS

As the president faces a possible impeachment, working-class people who brought her party to power say they feel abandoned and want a change.

SAY WHAT?

Bernie Sanders Meets With Pope Francis

By JASON HOROWITZ and YAMICHE ALCINDOR

The brief meeting took place on Saturday morning at the Vatican before the pope left for Greece, Mr. Sanders said.


Top News
King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

By MARK MAZZETTI

The kingdom has bristled over a bill that would allow its government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Outside the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson last month, Nykolas Alford protested a new state law that creates special legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage.

Southern Cities Split With States on Social Issues

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and RICHARD FAUSSET

Cities in the Deep South are increasingly at odds with their states on gay rights and other benchmarks, moving toward common ground with big cities on the coasts.

A Citibank branch in Caracas. Citi has shed retail branches from Boston to Pakistan.

Shrunken Citigroup Illustrates a Trend in Big U.S. Banks

By NATHANIEL POPPER and MICHAEL CORKERY

In the last seven years, Citigroup has sold more than 60 businesses, and its holdings have shrunk by $700 billion.

Brazil's attorney general, José Eduardo Cardozo, top left, presented the defense of President Dilma Rousseff on Friday in Brasilia as opposition lawmakers held signs urging impeachment.

Fight to Impeach Brazil’s Leader Tears at Fabric of Daily Life

By ANDREW JACOBS

Brazilian politics is a blood sport in the best of times, but the battle over whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff is inflaming passions as never before.

Military police officers stood guard after the former police headquarters in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, were raided on April 4.

Files Suggest Honduran Police Leaders Ordered Killing of Antidrug Officials

By ELISABETH MALKIN and ALBERTO ARCE

New documents paint a chilling portrait of impunity at the very top of Honduras’s police hierarchy: the unchallenged power to carry out assassinations.

. Tres generales y un cartel: violencia policial e impunidad en Honduras
A Syrian man carried a carpet along a street in Palmyra, a town that Russian forces helped Syria retake from Islamic State fighters.

Russian Forces Remain Heavily Involved in Syria, Despite Appearances

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Russian attack helicopters replaced jets as Russia operates a secretive war in its effort to influence the political outcome in Syria.

A construction site in Beijing on Friday. China's total local-currency loans have more than tripled since the start of 2009.

As China’s Growth Slows, Banks Feel the Strain of Bad Debt

By NEIL GOUGH

Chinese lenders feel rising pain from souring loans in troubled industries – even as they face pressure to keep local companies afloat.

. First-Quarter Growth Slows a Bit in China, as Expected
. Graphic  Graphic: Why China Rattles the World

Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake
Pedernales, Ecuador (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday pulling out the first survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist region of Ecuador. Tearful relatives grabbed chunks of debris with their bare hands as they joined in the search for their loved ones along with stretched firefighting teams and mechanical diggers. Among the stories of s … more

Chile heavy rain leaves millions without water, closes copper mine
Santiago (AFP) April 17, 2016 –
Four million people in Santiago were without tap water Sundayafter unusually heavy rain pounding central Chile triggered landslides that fouled the city’s water supply and forced the closure of the world’s biggest copper mine, officials said. The heavy rain flooded parts of the massive El Teniente mine, leading the state-owned copper company Codelco to halt operations there for at least thr …more
Anti-pollution activists cover London statues with masks
London (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
British environmental activists put face masks on famous statues across London on Monday including the one of Horatio Nelson on Trafalgar Square to draw attention to the problem of air pollution. Two Greenpeace campaigners scaled the 52-metre (171-foot) high Nelson’s Column in the early hours of Monday to put a mask on the famous naval commander. Masks were put on 17 statues, including Q … more
Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl
Chernobyl, Ukraine (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world’s worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week. The sturdy 78-year-old former teacher is among 158 people still living in the 30 kilometre (19 mile) exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant where reactor number four explo … more
Japan battles to care for 100,000 evacuees after quake
Minami-Aso, Japan (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Japan on Monday enlisted US help to airlift supplies to some of the 100,000 people made homeless by earthquakes in the country’s south, as rescuers struggled to find those still missing in a massive landslide. Many of those evacuated after their homes were damaged or destroyed have been forced to sleep in temporary accommodation or huddle in makeshift shelters, and media have reported proble … more
Gripped by drought, Ethiopia drills for water
Wukro, Ethiopia (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in decades, the government has appealed for aid to help 10 million people living in Africa’s second most-populous nation. But in the town of Wukro, surrounded by the rocky, arid mountains of the northern Tigray region, the government is investing longer-term efforts to ensure a supply of fresh water that will go far beyond the immediate needs of …more
Rescuers in desperate search for survivors of deadly Ecuador quake
Portoviejo, Ecuador (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Rescuers in Ecuador clawed through collapsed buildingsMonday as they scrambled to find survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 272 people, injured thousands, and caused widespread coastal destruction. President Rafael Correa said the death toll will “certainly” rise in the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck the small, oil-producing South American nation late Saturday. The quake, the …more
Ecuador quake survivors dig for kin with bare hands
Manta, Ecuador (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
The desperation driving survivors of Ecuador’s powerful earthquake to find loved ones trapped under rubble could be seen in the tools many used in their amateur rescue attempts: none. A small crowd of residents in Manta, a popular beach town in the disaster zone on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, clawed away Sunday at big blocks of broken cement and scraps of twisted metal with their bare hands. … more
Natural disasters since 1900 ‘have cost $7 trillion’
Vienna (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Natural disasters have caused more than $7 trillion (6.2 trillion euros) in economic damage worldwide since 1900, with floods and storms accounting for nearly 60 percent of the total, researchers said Monday. The death toll from such natural calamities – which also include earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts, heatwaves and wildfires – topped eight million from 1900 to 2015, according to findi … more
Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake
Pedernales, Ecuador (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday pulling out the first survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist region of Ecuador. Tearful relatives grabbed chunks of debris with their bare hands as they joined in the search for their loved ones along with stretched firefighting teams and mechanical diggers. Among the stories of s … more
Japan battles to care for 100,000 evacuees after quake
Minami-Aso, Japan (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Japan on Monday enlisted US help to airlift supplies to some of the 100,000 people made homeless by earthquakes in the country’s south, as rescuers struggled to find those still missing in a massive landslide. Many of those evacuated after their homes were damaged or destroyed have had to sleep in temporary accommodation or huddle in makeshift shelters, and media have reported problems in de … more
Extreme rain triggered health crisis on South Pacific island
Miami (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
Extreme weather events are expected to strike more often due to climate change, and a study published Mondaydetailed how a 2014 storm triggered a health crisis on the Solomon Islands. The report in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine examined the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Ita, which drenched the capital, Honiara, with more than 24 inches (60 centimeters) of rain from April 2-4. … more
Satellite images reveal dramatic tropical glacier retreat
Plymouth, UK (SPX) Apr 15, 2016 –
Scientists have obtained high resolution satellite images that paint a stark picture of how tropical glaciers in the Pacific have retreated over the past decade. The images taken from the Pleaides satellites reveal that the formerly extensive Carstenz Glacier of West Papua New Guinea has almost completely disappeared, while the once continuous East North Wall Firn has split into a number o … more
Mexico volcano spits ash on towns
Puebla, Mexico (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
The huge Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City spat burning ash over nearby townson Monday and forced the closure of an airport, officials said. The giant crater 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the capital belched out a three-kilometer high column of ash, the National Disaster Prevention Center said. Overnight, around 0732 GMT, “an increase in activity was detected, accompanied by the con … more
Bubbles lead to disaster
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 18, 2016 –
In 1816, summer failed to make an appearance in central Europe and people were starving. Just a year earlier, the Tambora volcano had erupted in Indonesia, spewing huge amounts of ash and sulphur into the atmosphere. As these particles partly blocked sunlight, cooling the climate, it had a serious impact on the land and the people, even in Switzerland. Since then, volcanologists have devel … more
South Sudan rebel chief’s return delayed
Juba (AFP) April 18, 2016 –
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar’s highly-anticipated return to the capital Juba, to take up the role of vice president, was delayed on Monday, his spokesman said, citing “logistical reasons”. “We are committed to the peace agreement, but there have been logistical issues and the first vice president, Riek Machar, will come tomorrow,” spokesman William Ezekiel said. Machar’s return t … more

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