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Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes

Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:18pm

President Barack Obama laughs at a joke during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket!

Seventeen bodies found at Everest base camp, official says

Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:17pm

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded after an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on the world's highest peak, a mountaineering official said. The first helicopter took off from Kathmandu on Sunday morning to airlift the injured after flights were delayed by cloudy weather, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters. U.S. climber John Reiter said dozens of people had suffered critical injuries, many of them with head injuries. Nepal's Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the toll could rise.

Climbers above Everest base camp all safe

Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:15pm

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - There are around 100 climbers at camps 1 and 2 on Mount Everest, above base camp, and all are safe after an earthquake set off an avalanche, the head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said on Sunday It will be difficult to evacuate the climbers as the route back to base camp through the Khumbu icefalls is blocked, Ang Tshering Sherpa told Reuters. The avalanche that swept through parts of base camp had the combined force of two separate snowslides from different peaks, Sherpa said, and blanketed the camp in powder snow. ...

Nepal earthquake: Live Report

Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:13pm

Personnel from India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) load a generator to be airlifted to NepalHong Kong (AFP) - 04:10 GMT - "Rescue main priority" - In the same statement Caritas Nepal Director, Fr Pius Perumana SJ, says from Kathmandu: "It was the worst earthquake I have ever experienced in my life. 04:07 GMT - "So much devastation" - In a statement Caritas Australia quotes its Program Coordinator, Nepal, Eleanor Trinchera, on the ground in Kathmandu, as saying “I have never seen so much devastation. Caritas Australia, part of the second largest humanitarian network in the world, has worked in Nepal for decades.