BATTLING FOREST FIRES IN CHILE

BATTLING FOREST FIRES IN CHILE. Massive wildfires rage through the drought-stricken Conguillo National Park in southern Chile on March 26, 2015. Firefighters have been fighting the flames for more than a week in the southern region of Araucania hit by years of drought. The fires are affecting a park famous for its centuries-old pines known as “monkey puzzle trees”. President Michele Bachelet said ... Read More

NIGERIA ELECTION: JONATHAN AND BUHARI SIGN PEACE DEAL

NIGERIA ELECTION: JONATHAN AND BUHARI SIGN PEACE DEAL. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, hug and shake hands after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria on March 26, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections... Read More

CRICKET WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA BEAT INDIA TO REACH FINAL

CRICKET WORLD CUP: AUSTRALIA BEAT INDIA TO REACH FINAL. Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Rohit Sharma of India during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on March 26, 2015. Australia powered into the World Cup final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India in Sydney. Au... Read More

MALAYSIAN PM NAJIB PAYS LAST RESPECTS TO SINGAPORE'S FORMER PM LEE KUAN YEW

MALAYSIAN PM NAJIB PAYS LAST RESPECTS TO SINGAPORE'S FORMER PM LEE KUAN YEW . Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor pay their last respects to the former Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Singapore’s Parliament on March 26, 2015. Lee Kuan Yew will go down as one of the great men in history who helped make the world a better place, said Najib. Funeral service ... Read More

SAUDI ARABIA BEGINS AIR ASSAULT IN YEMEN

SAUDI ARABIA BEGINS AIR ASSAULT IN YEMEN. People seek shelter amid gunfire at an army base in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, Yemen on March 25, 2015. Saudi Arabia has launched a military operation - including air strikes - in Yemen against Houthi Shia rebels.The airport of the capital Sanaa and other targets in Yemen came under air attack early Thursday, as Saudi Arabia announced that it ha... Read More

CHINA: ILI PIKA SEEN FOR 1ST TIME IN 2 DECADES

CHINA: ILI PIKA SEEN FOR 1ST TIME IN 2 DECADES. A very rare Ili pika has been photographed in the Tianshan Mountains in China on March 25, 2015. The Ili pika, a rare animal with a teddy bear face and bunny-like ears, finally has been found and photographed more than 20 years after it was first discovered in 1983. The animal, scientifically known as Ochotona iliensis, was spotted again last summer... Read More

ELECTRIC SHOCKS, RELIEVE STRESS

ELECTRIC SHOCKS, RELIEVE STRESS. Maximo, 42, working as a "toquero", poses for a photo with his machine that gives electric shocks, inside Tenampa restaurant at Garibaldi square in Mexico City, Mexico on March 25, 2015. Toqueros, using machines of their own manufacture, offer electric shocks of up to 120 volts for US$1 to $2 dollars per person, which is popularly believed to help with “stress and ... Read More

FLOODING IN CHILE DESERT REGION

FLOODING IN CHILE DESERT REGION. Residents watch the rising flood waters of the Copiapo River, in Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Unusually heavy thunder storms and torrential rains that began on Tuesday have blocked roads, caused power outages and affected some 600 people on this normally dry region. Copiapo lies about 800 km north of Santiago, the capital by the Copiapo River. In rece... Read More

AFGHANISTAN: CAR BOMB KILLS SIX NEAR KABUL TAXI STAND

AFGHANISTAN: CAR BOMB KILLS SIX NEAR KABUL TAXI STAND. Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack, which killed at least six people in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 25, 2015. A suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives on a busy road in downtown Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least six people and injuring 36, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The blast occurred adjacen... Read More

MEXICO POPOCATEPETL VOLCANO SPEWS ASH

MEXICO POPOCATEPETL VOLCANO SPEWS ASH. A plume of ash and steam rises from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the town of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico, early March 25, 2015. During the last 24 hours, activity at the volcano has increased moderately but the alert level remains unchanged. Photo courtesy Dario Lopez-Mill ... Read More

NIGERIA SHUTS BORDER BEFORE ELECTION

NIGERIA SHUTS BORDER BEFORE ELECTION. A campaign billboard of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is displayed in downtown Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria on March 25, 2015. Nigeria has ordered the closure of all its land and sea borders ahead of Saturday’s March 28, 2015 tightly contested elections. A government statement said the borders w... Read More

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE SEIZED IN MALAYSIA

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE SEIZED IN MALAYSIA. A wildlife department official holds a sun bear for the media at its head office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 24, 2015. It was among other animals estimated to be worth $20,000, including juvenile eagles and a slow loris, seized by the wildlife department during an operation against illegal wildlife traders early March. The illegal wildlife trade is estim... Read More

SIX KILLED IN YEMEN CLASHES

SIX KILLED IN YEMEN CLASHES. Protesters carry a fellow demonstrator suffering tear gas effects during clashes with pro-Houthi police in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen on March 24, 2015. Troops aligned with Yemen's dominant Houthi militia shot dead at least six demonstrators on Tuesday during protests against the Shi'ite Muslim movement in and outside the central city of Taiz, medical ... Read More

SINGAPORE FOUNDER LEE KUAN YEW LIES IN STATE

SINGAPORE FOUNDER LEE KUAN YEW LIES IN STATE. Singapore’s former President SR Nathan ,right and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, pay their respects to Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament House on March 24, 2015. The body of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was moved by a gun carriage from his official residence to parliament where it will lie in state. Thousands lined the street... Read More

UNTIMELY SNOW CATCHES VACATIONERS UNAWARE IN IRAN

UNTIMELY SNOW CATCHES VACATIONERS UNAWARE IN IRAN. People cross a snow-covered street in a city in the north-western Iranian province of Ardebil, Iran on March 24, 2015. With spring having just stepped in to chase away the cold season, winter seems to be overstaying its welcome in Iran especially in western parts of the country. The cold spell has dumped up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas... Read More

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ASIA
LEE KUAN YEW FUNERAL: THOUSANDS LINE SINGAPORE'S STREETS TO FAREWELL ITS FOUNDING LEADER


SINGAPORE, March 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Thousands of people have braved heavy rains to line Singapore's streets for a final farewell to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew before a state funeral attended by world dignitaries.

Officials said more than 450,000 people had paid their last respects to the 91-year-old, ...

MIDDLE EAST
COALITION AIRCRAFT POUND HOUTHIS' AIR DEFENCE, COMMAND CTRS


RIYADH, March 29 (NNN-KUNA) -- For the third straight day, the Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombed Houthi militias military target across Yemen, Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Asiri, adviser to the Saudi Minister of Defense, said in his daily briefing in Riyadh.

Brig.-Gen. Asiri said that the Saturday raids targeted air defense ...

AFRICA
NIGERIA EXTENDS VOTING INTO AN EXTRA DAY DUE TO CARD READER GLITCHES

ABUJA, March 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Voting during the presidential and national congress elections in Nigeria have been extended to Sunday, due to card reader glitches which almost marred the exercise in many parts of the West African country, the electoral body said Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
STRONG QUAKE JOLTS NORTHEAST OF CALAMA, CHILE - USGC

SANTIAGO, March 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted 40 kilometers northeast of Calama, Chile, at 16:36:52 GMT Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 109.35 km, was initially determined to be at 22.2021 degrees south latitude and 68.6575 ...

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