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Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief, many flee capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. | Video

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Fitch downgrades Japan, joins Moody's in warning on fiscal policy

TOKYO - Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan's credit rating by one notch after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year's budget to offset a delay in a sales tax increase, the agency said on Monday.

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Kerry, Iran's Zarif to meet at U.N. anti-nuclear arms conference

UNITED NATIONS - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.

Islamist rebels capture army base in Syria's Idlib province

AMMAN - A coalition of Islamist rebels seized an army base in northwestern Syria at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives into the compound and blew it up.

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Greek government reshuffles EU/IMF negotiating team after Riga debacle

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders, after his finance minister was sharply criticized for his performance at a euro zone meeting last week.

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Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug-convict executions

CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY - Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge.

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Putin accuses 'quasi-partners' of counting on Russia collapse

ST PETERSBURG, Russia - President Vladimir Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged.