Modern tragedy: Quake-ravaged Nepal tower a site for selfies

A man takes a selfie at the historic Dharahara Tower, a city landmark, that was damaged in Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Social media is 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.



World shares hit new high but Europe rally fades on Greece

Pedestrians walk past an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in TokyoThe dollar edged up but held close to Friday's 2 1/2-week lows, after weak U.S. data on Friday reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates any time soon. The dollar was up 0.2 percent at 119.18 yen and flat against the euro at $1.0872.



Burundi protests persist over president's third term bid

Residents gather around a burning tyre roadblock following clashes between police and opposition protesters in a street in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Sunday, April 26, 2015. Hundreds of people in Burundi protested in the capital Sunday after the country's ruling party nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term. (AP Photo)BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Streets protests are continuing in Burundi as anger mounts over the ruling party's decision on Saturday to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term.



Thousands expected at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray

The body of Freddie Gray lies inside his casket at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, during his wake Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.



Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt

A rebel fighter stands on a damaged building near the frontline during what the rebel fighters called a battle to unite rebel factions against forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in JobarBy Dasha Afanasieva, Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders say the proxy army could spark opposition infighting. The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total more than 15,000 troops and to get underway in the coming weeks is a major test of President Barack Obama's strategy of engaging local partners to combat extremists. Senior U.S. officials said Obama has not yet decided how extensively and under what circumstances Washington will back the force militarily - a commitment that would risk the very entanglement in Syria that Obama has long sought to avoid. The hardline Sunni Muslim Islamic State movement has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq and proclaimed a caliphate.





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