A large earthquake and a series of aftershocks has killed at least 3,600 people in Nepal, injuring at least 6,300 more. Tens of thousands are now without homes or shelter as the government of the small, impoverished country begs the international community to help its residents. This weekend’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake was the largest to hit the country in nearly eight decades. The earthquake struck near the country’s largest city Kathmandu, destroying large factories, ancient temples and countless homes.
The government's chief secretary and rescue coordinator told reporters, "We are appealing for tents, dry goods, blankets, mattresses, and 80 different medicines ... that we desperately need now. We don't have the helicopters that we need or the expertise to rescue the people trapped." Organizations including CARE, WorldVision, The Red Cross and many others are currently orchestrating aid efforts and are seeking further donations to help the people effected by this massive disaster ... Discuss
Italian police have arrested 18 people who were allegedly part of a terrorist network with connections to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Authorities say the group, which had been working from the island of Sardinia since 2005, had been part of several terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including a 2009 bombing that killed over 100 people. They also said the group had planned to take down the Pakistani government and planned a 2010 attack on Pope Benedict that never got carried out. The members of the network were Pakistani and Afghan nationals, some of whom are believed to have been former bodyguards for Osama Bin Laden. “"In a wiretapped conversation, one of them ... boasted that Bin Laden sent him personally to Italy," a police official leading the raids told NBC News. "We believe they were in touch with people who knew the whereabouts of Bin Laden” ... Discuss
An MMA fight promoter may have just invented the world’s next great sport: Knight fighting. Russia’s M-1 Global recently launched a new division of their MMA tournaments—fittingly called M-1 Medieval—in which two fighters armed with dull swords and suits of armor fight it out in an octagon for three rounds of pure glory. After watching a video of the first bout, it’s undeniable that this is the true sport of kings. It is now only a matter of time before Knight Fights become the globe’s most popular game. The revolution has begun ... Discuss
Chile’s Calbuco volcano surprised authorities this week when it unexpectedly erupted. Video and images from the region are shocking. More than 4,000 people from surrounding areas have been evacuated from the area ... Discuss
Police in France have arrested a 24-year-old student, who they said was planning several terrorist attacks on "one, maybe two churches" in Paris. The French media has described him as an Islamic radical, who moved to France from Algeria six years ago. He was detained after he called an ambulance claiming he’d been shot during a robbery. However, police thought his story didn’t add up, and ended up finding a large cache of weapons and documents that indicated he was planning an attack on churches later that day. They now believe he accidentally shot himself. The student was already known to intelligence agencies in the country after he sought information about visiting Syria last year. The man is also a suspect in the recent murder of a 32-year-old woman ... Discuss
On Saturday night, a boat—carrying as many as 700 people—may have capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Only a few dozen have been rescued. Officials fear that it could be one of the worst disasters ever involving migrants from North Africa crossing the Mediterranean in an effort to reach Europe. At a press conference this morning, the prime ministers of Italy and Malta revealed that rescuers were also responding to two more distress calls from two vessels carrying more than 450 people. As of this weekend, at least 1,500 people have died attempting to flee the region for Europe, and, according to The New York Times, “Officers intercepted 10,445 migrants from Jan. 1 to March 31, compared with 2,863 in the same period in 2014.” Though many of the migrants are believed to be fleeing the political turmoil and violence in countries including Libya, the president of the European Parliament said human traffickers and "the slave drivers of the 21st century” are responsible for the deaths this weekend. EU leaders will meet later this week to discuss the migrant crisis ... Discuss