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CHINA State-owned PetroChina Ltd., Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer, says its quarterly profit declined 82 percent from a year earlier due to a sharp decline in oil prices. MALDIVES The

UN says it will try to identify all Ebola cases by June

The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal

USA | Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response 

National Guard troops fanned out through Baltimore, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early yesterday as a growing area of the city shuddered from riots

Gaza | UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters 

A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other “Israeli actions” while sheltering at U.N. locations

This Day in History: 1993 Queen to open Palace doors

Much of the Palace, including the Queen’s private apartments, will remain closed, however, and the Queen herself will not be at home. The Palace will open only during August and

Offbeat | Romania: robbers trained to steal jewels, cars detained

The alleged leader was among those detained and prosecutors have asked for their arrest. “They were trained to break windows and steal very expensive watches in a short time, 30 seconds,”

The Buzz | Burger King sales jump, boosted by a spicy Whopper

The home of the Whopper enjoyed its biggest sales jump in nearly a decade during the first quarter, boosted by a new flavor of its signature burger and a popular

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TIBET-NEPAL All mountaineering on the Chinese side of Mount Everest was cancelled after Saturday’s earthquake. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says more than 400 climbers from 20-plus countries were on

Opera in Kids Tent at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Opera is as much a part of New Orleans’ African-­American heritage as jazz, said Givonna Joseph, whose troupe is bringing opera to the Kids Tent at the New Orleans Jazz

Russia | Putin accuses US of supporting separatists

In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West. The two-hour documentary, which aired

USA | Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

The U.S. Senate begins debate this week on a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal. President Barack Obama grudgingly backed the bill when Democrats joined

Syria | Insurgents capture military base in northwest

Islamic insurgents overran a military base at a former factory in northwestern Syria yesterday, carting off tanks and other weapons in the latest blow to President Bashar Assad’s forces in

This Day in History | 1986 – Soviets admit nuclear accident

The report said that one of the reactors had been damaged in the accident, but gave no further details beyond saying that measures were being taken to “eliminate the consequences

Offbeat | Polish border guards refuse entry for 10 Russian bikers

Border guard spokesman Dariusz Sienicki announced the decision after members of the Night Wolves, a nationalistic Russian group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, approached the border and tried to enter

The Buzz: Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

The discovery fills a missing link in Yellowstone’s volcanic plumbing system. But scientists said it doesn’t increase the risk of an eruption, which is estimated to happen every 700,000 years. Researchers

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MALAYSIAN police said yesterday that they have detained 12 men with suspected links to the Islamic state group who are believed to be plotting attacks on strategic government targets in

Republican Meeting-Jewish Coalition : Presidential bets in Vegas

Inside a conference room Friday night at the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip, top boosters for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker mingled with some of his biggest potential donors, including

USA | Thousands march in Baltimore protest

Thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody. After hours

White House Correspondents’ dinner | Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder

A presidential election just getting into gear provided U.S. President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself. “It’s amazing how time flies,” Obama told

This Day in History | 1971 – Protest disrupts Welsh language trial

The case, in which the eight are accused of conspiring to damage, remove or destroy English language road signs in Wales during a rally last December, is regarded as a

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