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Britons donate £38m to DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Britons have donated £38 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the group of 13 UK aid charities confirmed.

Army dousing a partially collapsed house in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: PA

Chief executive Saleh Saeed said: “Supplies are arriving from India by road and at the one international airport, but damage to the runway is slowing the process. Fuel shortages, limited electricity, damaged roads and landslides are also hampering efforts."

It said the funds would enable DEC members to scale up efforts to reach more of the estimated eight million people affected by the devastating earthquake, which struck west of the capital Kathmandu on April 25.


Report: Islamic State claims to be behind Dallas attack

Islamic State has claimed to be behind the attack in Dallas, Texas after two men opened fire at an exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, according to AFP.

Reuters also reported that IS claimed responsibility, as the Syria and Iraq based terror group used its official online radio station to say "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack.

Rescuers dig Nepal earthquake mudslide for bodies

Rescuers in Nepal are digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route, where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the earthquake that struck 10 days ago.

Earthquake survivors walk past their collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Credit: Reuters

Gautam Rimal, the government administrator of the Rasuwa district, said police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley. Nine of the victims were foreign trekkers, he said.

Tsunami alert after earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck around 93 miles south of Papua New Guinea.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit in the New Britain region of the island nation.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the epicentre.

The latest quake follows two smaller ones in Papua New Guinea last week.

Dallas gunman under FBI surveillance since 2006

One of the gunmen shot dead after opening fire at an exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad had been under surveillance for nine years.

Court documents show that Elton Simpson, who was a room-mate of accomplice Nadir Soofi, had been under FBI surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.

Federal authorities began monitoring Simpson in 2006 because he was associated with an individual the FBI believed was trying to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona.

At one point, according to the documents, the FBI tried "unsuccessfully" to put Simpson on a US government no-fly list.

Simpson's father told ABC News his son was "always a good kid" but said they had "some very serious differences."

"We are Americans and we believe in America," Dunston Simpson told ABC News. "What my son did reflects very badly on my family."


US law enforcement name second Texas gunman

The second gunman who attacked an exhibit ofcaricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a Dallas suburb has been identified as Nadir Soofi, the room-mate of the other shooter, Elton Simpson.

The New York Times and Washington Post quoted officials as saying that Soofi and Simpson opened fire on Sunday night. Both were killed by a police officer who was providing security for the event.

US Navy escorts UK shipping through Hormuz straight

File photo: USS Farragut is one of the US Navy warships in the straights. Credit: Reuters

US Navy warships have begun accompanying British commercial shipping through the Straight of Hormuz, the Pentagon has announced.

The decision to escort merchant vessels through the waters follows the seizure by Iran of the Maersk Tigris last week.

The Danish container ship was in international waters crossing the Straight of Hormuz from Saudi Arabia to the UAE when it was held by Iranian patrol boats.

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