QWorld: Prince Dies at 57, Volkswagen Scandal & Ecuador Earthquake

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Joyce Ertel Hulbert, the owner of a 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, holds a sign while being interviewed outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, 21 April  2016. (Photo: AP)

White House Concerned With Russia Moving Military Equipment Into Syria

The United States says it is concerned about reports that Russia is moving more military equipment into Syria to bolster President Bashar al-Assad, with the truce in tatters and peace talks in meltdown.

Human Traffickers Stopped Rescue After Sinking Disaster-Survivors

Knife-wielding human traffickers prevented survivors of a shipwreck from pulling others to safety, leaving them to drown, one of the surviving migrants said.

VW Forges US Deal Arising From Diesel Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen, driving to move beyond a scandal that disrupted its global business and sullied its reputation, announced a sweeping US deal to buy back or potentially fix about half million polluting diesel cars and set up environmental and consumer compensation funds.

Indonesia Concerned Over Piracy Surge on Shipping Route

Indonesia fears that piracy on a shipping route along its sea border with the Philippines could reach Somalian levels and has told vessels to avoid danger areas, officials said on Thursday, after a spate of kidnappings.

Trump Advisers Urge Republican Leaders to Unify Ahead of Elections

Top advisers to Donald Trump pledged to Republican Party leaders that the New York billionaire would adopt a more presidential demeanor after weeks of bashing the party, and urged them to unify behind the political outsider.

UN-Sponsored Yemen Peace Talks Begin in Kuwait

Talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war opened in Kuwait, with Kuwait’s top diplomat appealing to both sides to “turn war into peace”, after more than a year of conflict which has killed more than 6,200 people and caused a humanitarian crisis.

Ecuadoreans in Earthquake Zone Jostle For Food, Water

Survivors of an earthquake that killed 570 people and shattered Ecuador’s coast clamor for food, water and medicine as aid eludes remote parts of the disaster zone.

Mexico’s Pemex Puts Blast Death Toll at 13, Blames Leak

At least 13 people died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast, and the death toll could still rise, Mexican oil giant Pemex said, the latest in a series of fatal accidents to batter the company.

‘Purple Rain’ Superstar Prince, 57, Dies at US Studio Complex

Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” died in Minnesota. He was 57.

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