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· Italy says 10 migrants die, 5,800 rescued in ongoing mission

Migrants arrive at the Lampedusa island harbor early Sunday, May 3, 2015. Ships rescued 3,690 migrants in just one day from smugglers' boats on the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard said Sunday. The agency said 17 different rescue operations were carried out Saturday after smugglers took advantage of calm seas and warm weather to move the migrants out of Africa on motorized rubber dinghies and fishing boats. (AP Photo/Mauro Buccarello)By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy's coast guard said, in one of the biggest rescue operations this year. Two weeks after nearly 900 boat people drowned in the worst Mediterranean shipwreck in living memory, the flow of people desperate to reach a better life in Europe has accelerated as people smugglers take advantage of calmer seas. Seven bodies were found on two large rubber boats packed with migrants and rescuers plucked from the sea the corpses of three others who had jumped into the water when they saw a merchant ship approaching, the coast guard said. Italy's coast guard has coordinated the rescues by its own navy and coast guard, a French ship acting on behalf of the European border control agency, merchant ships, and one vessel run by the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station.


· Taliban, Afghan negotiators unable to agree ceasefire

Afghan security forces arrive at the Kunduz airportBy Amena Bakr and Jibran Ahmad AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. The United States and Pakistan, long-regarded by critics as sympathetic to the Afghan Taliban, both welcomed the closed-door talks aimed at ending an insurgency that has raged in Afghanistan since U.S.-backed forces drove the Taliban from power in 2001. The Taliban recently launched an offensive in northern Afghanistan that brought its fighters to the outskirts of Kunduz city, a provincial capital.


· Freed Nigerian women tell of horror of Boko Haram captivity

A woman rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest celebrates her freedom from Boko Haram at Malkohi camp for Internally Displaced People in Yola, Adamawa State, NigeriaBy Isaac Abrak and Emma Ande YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said on Sunday after they were brought to a government refugee camp. The Nigerian army rescued hundreds of women and children last week from the Islamist fighters in northern Nigeria's Sambisa Forest in a major operation that has turned international attention to the plight of hostages. "They didn't allow us to move an inch," said one of the freed women, Asabe Umaru, describing her captivity. We thank the Nigerian army for saving our lives," she added.


· Earthquake rattles New Zealand's South Island: USGS
(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the near the New Zealand South Island resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday. The quake was centered 59 km (36 miles) north of Queenstown at a depth of 10 km (six miles) according to the USGS. Social media users reported feeling the tremor but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The quake was initially measured at 5.9 magnitude (Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Michael Perry)
· China's Xi calls for "equal" political talks with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping waits to welcome French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Great Hall of the People in BeijingChinese President Xi Jinping offered the head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party on Monday "equal" talks to resolve their political differences, but only if Taiwan accepts it is part of China, a concept many Taiwanese balk at. Xi, in his role as head of China's ruling Communist Party, met Nationalist chairman Eric Chu in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, the first meeting between the leaders of the old political rivals in six years, China's Xinhua news agency said.


· Philippines says Islamist militant was killed by followers

Handout photograph released by US embassy in Manila shows a wanted poster for Abdul Basit UsmanThe Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant, whose death at the weekend could boost peace efforts in the country's south, was killed by his own bodyguards in pursuit of a bounty offered by the United States, the head of the military said on Monday. Abdul Basit Usman, a militant with strong al Qaeda links who was blamed for numerous bomb attacks in the southern Philippines, had been hunted by security forces since 2002. "There was in-fighting among his group," General Gregorio Pio Catapang told journalists at the main army base in Manila. In March 2014, the Philippines signed a peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ending about 45 years of conflict that has killed 120,000 people and displaced 2 million.


· Nepal urges foreign rescue workers in capital to return home

Bodies of people who died a week ago during the earthquake lay alongside blocks of ice in the lobby of a building adjacent to a hospital morgue, where relatives can identify them, Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Kathmandu morgue has been struggling to keep up with the relentless flow of corpses in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake that left more than a thousand dead just in the capital. (AP Photo/Bernat Amangue)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hit capital to return home Monday as hundreds of people visited Buddhist shrines and monasteries to mark the birthday of Gautam Buddha.


· The Latest on Nepal: Nepal urging foreign rescuers to leave

In this photo taken on Saturday, May 2, 2015, standing in the rubble of her home, Radha Shrestha, 42, strings a clothesline to hang laundry in the destroyed village of Pokharidanda, near the epicenter of the April 25 massive earthquake, in the Gorkha District of Nepal. People in villages reachable by road in Nepal’s quake-wracked central Gorkha District are fending for themselves, with the government so short on relief they’ve been forced to focus only on far-flung reaches of the remote Himalayas. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)11 a.m. (0515 GMT)


· Russians embrace Kremlin-backed WWII ribbon

A woman passes a banner for the upcoming Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on April 28, 2015Millions of Russians will on May 9 don black-and-orange striped ribbons to mark Soviet victory in World War II, but critics accuse the Kremlin of using them to link wartime glory to current policies. The ribbon is seen as Russia's answer to the poppy widely worn in Britain to commemorate the sacrifice of service personnel in two world wars and other later conflicts. With this year's 70th anniversary commemorations attracting much patriotic fervour, the ribbon has become almost ubiquitous. Three Russian cosmonauts at the International Space Station have already been seen sporting theirs, while officials such as Kremlin administration chief Sergei Ivanov have worn orange-and-black-striped ties.


· China, Taiwan to seek cooperation as heads of ruling parties meet

Chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT) Eric Chu, also New Taipei mayor, gives a speech during a news conference in TaipeiBy Sue-Lin Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - (This story correct time frame to 6 years not 60 years in the May 1 story.) The leader of Taiwan's Nationalist Party will sit down with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday in the first meeting between the heads of the ruling parties in the two rival states in 6 years. Xi, as head of China's ruling Communist Party, will host Taiwan's Eric Chu, whose Nationalists fled to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Chu told an opening ceremony in Shanghai on Sunday cross-strait ties must be addressed with a positive attitude. "We must use a healthy attitude, a positive attitude to welcome the age of cooperation between our two sides." China regards democratic Taiwan as a renegade province, to be brought under Beijing's control by force if necessary.


· City: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

Members of the Garland Police Department are stand inside the Curtis Culwell Center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. A contest for cartoons depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in the Dallas suburb is on lockdown Sunday after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. (AP Photo Nomaan Merchant)GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.


· Flight to UAE diverted to air base after bomb threat
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says a commercial plane was diverted to a military airbase in Dubai after a passenger said the plane would explode.
· Weakened in power, UK deputy PM fights to retain seat

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015Britain's deputy prime minister and leader of the centrist Liberal Democrat party Nick Clegg is fighting to retain his seat in parliament and save his political career in a general election this week. Support for the Liberal Democrats has plummeted since the party won almost one in four votes in the 2010 election, putting them in government for the first time since 1945 as the junior coalition partner of the centre-right Conservatives. A multilingual former Eurocrat, Clegg is fighting a close battle to retain his parliamentary seat in Sheffield Hallam in northern England, where an April poll showed the Labour candidate narrowly ahead. About a third of the party's 57 seats across Britain are under threat in Thursday's election.


· Anti-EU leader Farage faces uncertain future in UK vote

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks at the launch of his party's election manifesto in Thurrock, on April 15, 2015Nigel Farage has turned the UK Independence Party (UKIP) into a national force but is battling for his future in Thursday's general election, with commentators saying he has run out of steam. Farage reminds UKIP's base of older, white, blue collar voters of a bygone era when the economy felt stronger, immigration was lower and Britain was great. Anti-Brussels and anti-political correctness, Farage, who once compared ex-European Council president Herman Van Rompuy to a "damp rag", led UKIP to top the polls in last year's European Parliament elections. Once dismissed by Prime Minister David Cameron as a party of "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", UKIP is defending two House of Commons seats and looks set to take tens of thousands of votes nationwide from the main parties.


· Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Runway damage forced Nepalese authorities to close the main airport Sunday to large aircraft delivering aid to millions of people following the massive earthquake, but U.N. officials said the overall logistics situation was improving. The death toll climbed to 7,276, including six foreigners and 45 Nepalese found over the weekend on a popular trekking route, said government administrator Gautam Rimal. Nepal's Tourist Police reported that a total of 57 foreigners have been killed in the April 25 quake, and 109 are still missing, including 12 Russians and nine Americans.
· AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

In this April 19, 2015 photo, children fish from their home sitting just above the water line in the Belen neighborhood of Iquitos, a community in Peru's Amazon nicknamed "Venice of the Jungle." Along with the homes, the community boasts a Roman Catholic and various evangelical churches. It even has bordellos, discotheques, lumber mills and casinos. Many inhabitants work in a market in a nearby area that never floods, selling shad and other fish they catch in the river. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)This week in Latin America we saw images by Rodrigo Abd from the Peruvian Amazon community nicknamed "Venice of the Jungle" where residents live half the year on the water, with canoes replacing motorcycles as the most popular form of transport. From January to June, water overflows from a river that feeds the Amazon, flooding the northeastern jungle community of Belen.


· Whoever wins UK vote, 'sea change' coming in Scotland

First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell while on the campaign trail on May 3, 2015Scottish nationalists are on course to make historic gains in Thursday's general election and win unprecedented influence in Westminster, ironically energised by their defeat in last year's independence referendum. Over 55 percent of Scots said "No" when asked "should Scotland become an independent country?" in September, seemingly delivering a hefty blow to the Scottish National Party (SNP) that was created in 1934 with the express purpose of splitting from Britain. Combative SNP leader Alex Salmond stepped down following the defeat, to be replaced by protege Nicola Sturgeon, whose wit and grit have even won supporters south of the border. Since the independence vote, the party's membership has quadrupled to over 100,000.


· S. Korea urges N. Korea to release New York Univ. student
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to quickly free a South Korean student of New York University detained in the North for illegally entering the country.
· Taiwan ruling party leader meets China president
BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's ruling party has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of the continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.
· Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.

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