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Police arrested 34 people when protests over the death of a black man in custody spiraled into violence in Baltimore, authorities said, calling for calm in the tense US city.

Volcano ash causing misery for Chile, Argentina

Ash from Chile's Calbuco volcano visited more misery on air passengers across South America on Sunday, as towns and cities struggled to clean up from last week's two powerful eruptions.

Putin says can picture leaving Kremlin for 'ordinary flat'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can "completely imagine" leaving the Kremlin for a more modest abode and does not consider himself a member of his country's elite.

Ukraine marks 29 years since Chernobyl disaster

Ukrainians on Sunday marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, placing wreaths and candles near the plant where work to lay a new seal over the reactor site has been delayed.

Russia jails three for WWII memorial 'twerk'

A Russian court has sentenced three young women to up to 15 days imprisonment after they performed a dance with "twerk" moves in front of a war memorial and posted a video online, prosecutors said on Sunday.

Mustafa Akinci: New Turkish Cypriot leader seen as dove

Mustafa Akinci, who won a run-off for the Turkish Cypriot leadership on Sunday, is a veteran politician seen as best placed to revive peace talks with the Republic of Cyprus.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev 'wins fifth term by a landslide'

Energy-rich Kazakhstan's incumbent strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday's one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term, an exit poll showed.

Guantanamo ex-inmates demand housing, payment from U.S.

Four former Guantanamo inmates living free in Uruguay since December are demanding financial compensation and housing from the U.S. government for their nearly 13 years in captivity.

Funeral planned for black man hurt in police custody

Violent protests in Baltimore yielded to calm Sunday, as mourners readied a funeral wake for Freddie Gray, an African American man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody.

Putin says 'no regrets' over Crimea annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast Sunday to mark 15 years in power, said he has no regrets over Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea as it overturned "a historical injustice.

Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

Iran leader criticises rich kids after deadly car crashes

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised fast-driving wealthy youngsters Sunday for creating "psychological insecurity" on the streets after two high-speed accidents killed five people.

Air raids on market kill 40 as Syria regime hits back

Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.

Embattled Ukraine fights for debt deal on financial front

As government troops face off against pro-Russian separatists, Ukraine is also manoeuvring on the financial front, scrambling to stave off disaster by renegotiating its foreign debts.

Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future

Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.

Gay marriage in the U.S.: Facts

Gay marriage is now legal in 37 U.S. states and the capital Washington, but it cannot be officiated and is not recognized in 13 other states.

Tennessee gay couple's date with history

Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. Next week they are going to try to fix this -- for themselves and all gay Americans.

New UN Yemen envoy looks to revive talks as fighting rages

A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.

Beijing 'poised to take de facto control' of S. China Sea'

Beijing is poised to take "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down.

Syria warplanes strike northwest city seized by rebels

Syrian government warplanes pounded the northwestern city of Jisr al-Shughur on Sunday, a day after its capture by Al-Qaeda and its allies, a monitoring group said.

Swedish hostages held by Syrian jihadists return home

Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Europe to refrain from resorting to a military solution to prevent a repeat of the shipwreck in the Mediterranean that left more than 750 migrants dead.

Two protesters shot dead in Burundi clashes

Two protesters were shot dead in clashes with police in Burundi on Sunday, in a violent escalation of a crisis over an attempt by the country's president to cling to power.

Asian countries search for citizens stranded by Nepal quake

Asian countries were scrambling on Sunday to locate thousands of their nationals stranded in Nepal after a huge earthquake devastated the Himalayan nation, severing communications and transport links.

Survivors' tales from Everest avalanche horror

AFP Nepal bureau chief Ammu Kannampilly was at Everest base camp on Saturday when an avalanche cascaded down the mountain, flattening everything in its path.

Benin votes in key test for President Boni Yayi

Benin headed to the polls Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whose controversial plans to change the constitution to extend his rule may be crushed if the opposition makes gains.About 4.

Choppers rescue Everest avalanche victims: AFP

Helicopters airlifted injured climbers off Mount Everest Sunday after an avalanche killed at least 18 people, an AFP team at the scene reported, even as a powerful aftershock hit the world's highest peak.

Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave

Turkish Cypriots voted in a new leader Sunday, with challenger Mustafa Akinci beating incumbent Dervis Eroglu in a run-off poll that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to reunify the long-divided island.

Loons and superheroes liven up UK election

There's something about a British general election that brings out oddballs, loons and eccentric buffoons who dream of making it to parliament.

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign

Thousands marched in Guatemala to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government.

Death toll tops 1,400 from massive Nepal earthquake

More than 1,000 people were killed Saturday when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal's largest city.

Kazakhstan strongman Nazarbayev heads for poll victory after record turnout

Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) claimed a record turnout of over 95 percent in Sunday presidential polls almost certain to re-elect 74-year-old strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland

Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday.

Violence mars Baltimore protest over police custody death

Protesters rampaged through downtown Baltimore as the city's biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent.

Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

Leaders of the two parties in Portugal's centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year's parliamentary elections.

Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.

Greek minister raises possibility of fresh election

The interior minister of cash-strapped Greece has raised the possibility of fresh elections to give Greeks the last word on the government's economic policy."Those who imagine that the current government is an interlude ...

Australian man's leg bitten off in shark attack, fights for life

A 26-year-old Australian man who was surfing in Port Lincoln national park is now fighting for his life after a shark attack. His injuries, including having a leg bitten off, are life-threatening and he's been airlifted to a hospital in Adelaide.

Pro-Kremlin bikers ride for Berlin defying bans from Germany, Poland

Dozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders.

Death, panic on Everest once more, year after tragedy

Climbers on the world's highest mountain pleaded for help on Saturday after a massive earthquake triggered an avalanche at Everest base camp, killing at least 10 people and sparking panic.