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Quake-aid need acute in capital, villages
Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers -- Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent.
 

Reclamation work in the disputed South China Sea, where mainland China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to "undermine peace, security and stability" in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned Monday.
 

North Korea has increased its "material support" for terrorist organizations and should be placed back on America's list of nations that are state sponsors of terrorism, a report released Monday said.
 

More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week.
Thailand customs officials make new three-tonne ivory seizure

 

Local elections in Japan produced just four female mayors of the 222 positions up for grabs, results showed Monday, underlining the challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pledge to put women in 30 percent of senior roles by 2020.
 

Heavy rains and strong winds tore through northwest Pakistan on Sunday, uprooting trees, collapsing buildings and killing at least 45 people, officials said.
Heavy rains kill 45 in northwest Pakistan: government

 

A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition.
Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic boy

 

A top notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer.
 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday accepted the resignation of her prime minister over a widening bribery scandal that has tainted senior members of her faltering administration.
 

Australia urged Indonesia Monday to delay the execution of two men for drug offenses until a corruption probe into their case is complete, after a report that judges sought tens of thousands of dollars in bribes.
Halt executions until graft claims probed: Oz

 

Fitch Ratings has lowered Japan's credit rating as the country continues to wrestle with staggering debt.
 

KATHMANDU - Tens of thousands of frightened Nepalese huddled in tents desperate for help Monday, two days after a quake killed more than 3,200 people, as international rescue teams with sniffer dogs raced to find survivors buried in the rubble.
Tens of thousands desperate for help in quake-hit Nepal

 

Powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal on Sunday, panicking survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,400 and triggering fresh avalanches at Everest base camp, as rescuers dug through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu.
Nepal earthquake death toll tops 2,400

 

Nepal Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat held an emergency meeting with local donors on Sunday to seek prompt relief from the international community for the earthquake victims.
World Bank sends team, ADB pledges US$3 million in relief

 
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