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The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has risen to more than 3,300 as fears grow for the fate of people living in remote villages. The official death toll in Nepal currently stands at 3,218, but that does not include 18 people killed in an avalanche, and another 61 people were killed in neighbouring India, and 20 killed in Tibet.

Helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 mountaineers stranded on Everest above an ice fall caused by the earthquake. An additional 61 were injured in the avalanche and an unknown number are still missing.

Unicef said nearly one million children in Nepal were severely affected by the earth quake. It also warned of waterborne and infectious diseases.

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Deadly attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead as well as the three suicide bombers. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded. Another senior government official told The Associated Press the death toll could climb much higher.

The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, at first said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 50.

Yildirim said three suicide bombers were responsible for the attack and all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group was behind it.

“The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack,” Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for IS. “Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing.” (AP)

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Boko Haram crisis: Group of Cameroon captives freed

At least 24 of up to 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon at the weekend are reported to be free.

Some escaped from their captors while Cameroon said others were freed “as defence forces pursued the attackers who were heading back to Nigeria”.

Many of those kidnapped in the cross-border raid were said to be children.

It was one of the biggest abductions by Boko Haram outside Nigeria and raised fears that it is expanding its attacks.

The militant Islamist group has seized control of towns and villages in north-east Nigeria and has begun threatening neighbouring countries.

Chad, which also borders Nigeria, has recently sent soldiers to help Cameroon tackle the militants.

The abductions took place in the villages of Maki and Mada near the city of Mokolo in Cameroon’s Far North region.

Cameroonian police and officials said the militants had arrived early on Sunday when it was still dark. Many of those seized were said to be women and children.

Before leaving, the attackers burned dozens of homes to the ground.

The Cameroonian army pursued the group towards the Nigerian border, eventually engaging the militants in a gun battle.

Local officials and the Cameroonian military said some of the hostages had managed to escape from their captors. Others were freed during and after the fighting.

The militants used some of the hostages as human shields, AP news agency quoted the Cameroonian military spokesman as saying.

There has been no word on any casualties in the clash.

On Friday, Ghana’s President John Mahama said African leaders would discuss plans this week to “deal permanently” with Boko Haram, and suggested a multinational force may be considered.

Niger and Cameroon have criticised Nigeria for failing to do more to stop Boko Haram’s attacks.

Correspondents say Nigerian politicians appear more focused on campaigning for elections next month than on security issues, and senior figures rarely comment on the insurgency in the north-east.

The abductions in Cameroon came just days after the country’s army said it had killed 143 Boko Haram militants who had attacked one of its bases at Kolofata near the Nigerian border.

That was the first major attack on Cameroon since Boko Haram threatened the country’s leader in a video posted online earlier this month.

Cameroon is doing a valiant job against Boko Haram.