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Indonesia executes drugs prisoners 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:20:46 GMT 
    Eight convicted drug smugglers are executed by firing squad in Indonesia, but a Filipina woman is spared at the last minute.


Nepal mourns victims of earthquake 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:55:48 GMT 
    Nepal declares three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday's earthquake in which more than 5,000 people are now known to have died.


Troops deployed for Baltimore riots 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:43:05 GMT 
    Thousands of troops and police officers are deployed to the US city of Baltimore, after riots linked to the death of a black man in police custody.


US 'monitoring' Iran ship seizure 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:28:59 GMT 
    Pentagon officials say the US is monitoring the seizure by Iranian forces of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in waters off Iran.


Spanish ferry on fire off Mallorca 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:52:44 GMT 
    A Spanish ferry travelling from Mallorca is on fire, forcing more than 150 passengers to abandon ship.


Saudi Arabia 'uncovers IS cells' 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:07:14 GMT 
    Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State (IS) and foiled several plots, the interior ministry says.


Afghanistan landslide buries village 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:11:38 GMT 
    At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are killed in north-east Afghanistan after a landslide sweeps through a village cut off by winter snow.


Top US court divided on gay marriage 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:41:08 GMT 
    The US Supreme Court hears arguments in a historic case that could legalise same-sex marriage across a country bitterly divided on the issue.


Finland on alert over suspected sub 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:48:41 GMT 
    The Finnish navy drops underwater depth charges as a warning to a suspected submarine in waters near its capital, Helsinki.


Sweden grants Julian Assange appeal 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:44:29 GMT 
    Sweden's supreme court grants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange the right to appeal against an arrest warrant issued over an alleged sexual assault.


EU's Juncker seeks 'fair deal' for UK 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:19:04 GMT 
    EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he wants a "fair deal" for the UK and does not rule out EU treaty change.


EU to install crash alert in cars 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:03:58 GMT 
    A new EU-wide alert system to deal with road accidents, called eCall, gets the go-ahead from Euro MPs.


VIDEO: Restaurant scoured for quake survivors 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:04:21 GMT 
    Rescuers in Nepal are still hopeful that they will find some survivors amongst the wreckage, although a lot of bodies are also being found.


VIDEO: Everest: 'The whole mountain just came to life' 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:17:40 GMT 
    BBC journalist Thomas Martienssen was in camp one - 800m above base camp when the quake struck.


VIDEO: On the ground in quake-hit village 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:05:26 GMT 
    The BBC's Adrienne Murray is one of the few journalists to reach Gorkha - the district of Nepal where the earthquake struck.
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