QWorld: Chile Volcano Quietens, Nepal Earthquake and More

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Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt, April 22, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Fighting Escalates Across Yemen, Air Strikes on Capital Sanaa

Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said.

2. Chile Volcano Quietens But Remains Unstable

The Chilean volcano Calbuco was quieter on Sunday after unexpectedly erupting last week and puffing out plumes of gray ash, but authorities said it could erupt again, leading to worries about environmental impact. Calbuco has spewed 210 million tonnes of ash in the immediate surroundings, according to the National Service of Geology and Mining, coating nearby towns and prompting the evacuation of more than 6,500 locals.

A girl stands outside her makeshift shelter at an open ground after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 26, 2015. (Photo: Reuters) 
A girl stands outside her makeshift shelter at an open ground after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 26, 2015. (Photo: Reuters) 

3. Desperate Nepalese Sleep in Open, Seek Help as Aftershocks Spread Fear

Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people, as overwhelmed authorities struggled to care for the wounded and homeless. The sick and wounded lay out in the open in the capital, Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city’s hospitals. Surgeons set up an operating theater inside a tent in the grounds of Kathmandu Medical College.

4. Malaysia Foils Plan by Suspected Militants to Attack Capital

Malaysian police have arrested 12 people linked to the militant group Islamic State and seized explosives, foiling a plan to attack several locations in and around the capital, which is hosting the ASEAN summit. Security had already been heightened in Kuala Lumpur where leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) arrived on Sunday for a meeting that officially opens on Monday. It was not clear whether any of the alleged attacks were linked to the summit.

5. Ukraine’s Ceasefire Under Pressure as One More Serviceman Killed

A fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists came under renewed pressure on Sunday with the Ukrainian military reporting that a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks. The casualties, which follow the death on Saturday of another serviceman in shelling in the southeast, occurred as the Ukrainian military and the rebels accused each other of violating a peace deal signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

6. Eyeing Arab Ties, Israel to Observe Nuclear Pact Meeting

Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said. Assumed to have the Middle East’s sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has stayed away from gatherings of NPT signatories since 1995 in protest at resolutions it regarded as biased against it.

<!--EndFragment-->US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (C) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (R)&nbsp;arrive to deliver a statement at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. (Photo: Reuters)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (C) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (R) arrive to deliver a statement at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. (Photo: Reuters)

7. US Secretary of State Kerry to Meet with Iran Foreign Minister

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifon on Monday in New York, a senior State Department official said on Sunday. The meeting on the sidelines of the five-year review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that begins on Monday will come as the United States and five other global powers try to secure a final nuclear deal with Iran by a June 30 deadline.

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