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Nepal: Death toll from earthquake reaches 2,900 with some 700 injured

(By Estera Popowska)

The death toll from a devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to 2900 and injured some 700, BBC said Monday adding that international aid effort for Nepal is gathering pace.

Reports say a 7.8 magnitude quake hit 80 kilometers northwest of Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, destroying large parts of the city's historic center. 

According to VOA, the earthquake hit the mountainous region minutes before noon local time on Saturday, destroying historic structures of wood and brick in the ancient capital city.

Indonesia: Australian man convicted to death marries girlfriend in prison

(By Estera Popowska)

An Australian convicted to death by firing squad along with others for drug trafficking has married his girlfriend Monday on the Indonesian prison island where he faces possible execution, his brother said, urging the Indonesian president to show compassion to him.

According to reports, Australian citizen Andrew Chan, 31, married his Indonesian girlfriend Febyanti Herewila in a ceremony on Nusakambangan Island, home to several high-security prisons, his brother Michael said.

Thailand: Authorities seize 3 tons of smuggled Ivory worth $6million from Kenya

(By Estera Popowska)

In what has been described as the second-biggest bust in the country's history,  Thailand has seized three tons of ivory worth US $6million  hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya, customs officials said Monday.

According to Daily Mail, The 511 elephant tusks which were bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival Saturday at a major port in Chonburi province in eastern Thailand.

U.S: Russians hacked Pentagon computer network-Defense Secretary

(By Estera Popowska)
US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter said Thursday that Russian hackers were able to access an unclassified Pentagon computer network earlier this year, AFP reported.

While giving a speech on technology and cybersecurity at Stanford University in California, Carter reportedly said “We quickly identified the compromise and had a team of incident responders hunting down the intruders within 24 hours.”

U.S: SkyWest flight in emergency landing had no fault, passenger sick-officials

(By Estera Popowska)
An earlier report that A SkyWest flight Embraer E170 aircraft operating as United Express made an emergency landing Wednesday in Buffalo after a cabin door reportedly opened, causing rapid decompression, has been clarified as false.

According to Xinhua, the Federal Aviation Administration said initial information indicated the Embraer E170 jet may have had a pressurization problem, but that turned out to be incorrect. SkyWest said the plane' s oxygen masks did not release.

Nigeria: Top Boko Haram rebel leader killed by government troops

(By Estera Popowska)
A Nigerian military spokesperson reportedly said Wednesday that Nigerian troops fighting to eliminate Boko Haram rebels have killed notorious top terrorists commander Abu Mojahid in northern Nigeria's Borno State.

Xinhua reported Thursday morning that a spokesperson for the Nigerian Defense Headquarters Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement a that the commander and other terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol on the outskirts of Alagarno area on Tuesday morning.

U.S: Plane carrying 76 people makes emergency landing in Buffalo as cabin door opens during flight

(Estera Popowska)
A SkyWest flight Embraer E170 aircraft operating as United Express made an emergency landing Wednesday in Buffalo after a cabin door reportedly opened, causing rapid decompression, sources said.

According to press reports, SkyWest said in a statement that “SkyWest Flight 5622, operating as United Express from Chicago to Hartford, diverted to Buffalo, NY after a passenger lost consciousness,” adding that “The flight landed safely in Buffalo, where the passenger received medical attention before being released.”

Poland to buy U.S missiles in U.S $7billon deal amidst rising tension with Russia

(By Estera Popowska)
Following reports that Russia has deployed missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland, the Polish government is set to buy U.S missiles in U.S $7billon deal Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski reportedly said Poland would start talks with the US to finalise the multibillion contract to buy US Patriot surface-to-air missiles.

Italy: UN says death toll hits 800 after ship capsized off Libya

(By Estera Popowska)
The death toll from a ship carrying migrants which capsized off Libya on Sunday has hit 800, the United Nations refugee agency after reportedly speaking to survivors of the disaster.
Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Italy on said Tuesday that "We can say that 800 are dead.”