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Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev claims victory as expected

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his quarter-century rule over the oil-rich, ex-Soviet republic with a crushing 97.7 percent of ballots in an election where opposition parties did not field a candidate, officials said yesterday. Nazarbayev, who has run the huge Central Asian nation since before theFULL STORY

Disaster experts met in Nepal to discuss ‘big one’

Nepal’s devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just over a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world went to Kathmandu to figure out how to get the poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for theFULL STORY

Tower’s wreckage a big draw for selfies

Social media are a chronicle of life, and sometimes death. So it should be no surprise that a site of great human and cultural loss in Nepal’s devastating earthquake is now barraged with the clicking of smartphones. Near Kathmandu’s famed Dharahara Tower, a historic nine-story structureFULL STORY

S Korea’s Park accepts PM’s resignation

South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday accepted the resignation of her prime minister over a widening bribery scandal that has tainted senior members of her faltering administration. Park was on a four-nation tour of South America when Lee Wan-koo offered to step down. The decisionFULL STORY

Japan’s LDP eyeing 2018 for revision of constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party wants to revise the nation’s constitution by late 2018 to remove constraints on his defense strategy, a key party lawmaker said, an ambitious target since the charter has not been changed since Americans drafted it after World WarFULL STORY

Thousands urge Canberra not to deport autistic boy

A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea yesterday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential medical cost of his condition. Tyrone Sevilla, who arrived in Australia from the Philippines legally asFULL STORY

Japan gets a little bit bigger as new coastline emerges

Crowded Japan became little bit roomier after a 300m strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast, experts said yesterday. The extra stretch of coastline at the town of Rausu on Hokkaido has risen as high as 10m from the seaFULL STORY

Peacekeepers, funds on Ukraine’s EU wish list

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers yesterday said that they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the eastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February. The announcement came as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko prepared to press Europe forFULL STORY

Kerry, Zarif to meet at non-proliferation forum

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif was to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global antinuclear weapons treaty yesterday, as they pursue progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal. Iran’s top diplomat wasFULL STORY

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 spreads

Hundreds of farmworkers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, US public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, hasFULL STORY

North Korea should be back on US list of state sponsors of terrorism: report

North Korea has increased its “material support” for terrorist organizations and should be placed back on the US’ list of state sponsors of terrorism, a report released yesterday said. The Pyongyang government under then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was taken off the list in 2008 byFULL STORY

Clinton Foundation head admits disclosure ‘errors’

The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her US presidential campaign. In a blog post on Sunday, Maura Pally defended the foundation’s work andFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

AUSTRALIA Canberra raises graft claim Canberra yesterday urged Indonesia to ensure the trials of two men sentenced to death on drugs charges were corruption free before their executions go ahead. “Bali Nine” drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, alongFULL STORY

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