Nepal quake toll reaches 688 - govt

People work to rescue trapped people inside a temple in Bashantapur Durbar Square after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015. The shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to 688, a senior home ministry official told Reuters, with 181 people killed in the capital Kathmandu.  Article | Main story 

Employees of  software company Infosys walk past Infosys logos at their campus in the Electronic City area in Bengaluru September 4, 2012.REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Infosys bets on new services to push sales

Infosys Ltd , India's second-largest software services exporter, posted quarterly net profit that lagged most analyst expectations, dampening hopes of a quick turnaround after top management changes. Infosys, however, said it was on track to revive growth and expected its revenue to rise to $20 billion by 2020 up from $8.7 billion now, as it focuses on acquisitions and wins more new technology services.  Full Article 

A woman wearing a mock-up of an Apple Watch stands in front of an Apple sign at an electronics store in Tokyo, Japan April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging.  Full Article 

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter answers reporters' question during a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lee Jin-man/Pool

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A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, a move the Pentagon said helped to ease U.S. concerns.  Full Article | Related Story 

A bagpiper performs during a dawn ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Thousands of people from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey gathered on Saturday on the shores of Gallipoli for dawn services commemorating the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.  Full Article | Related Story 

Eleven-time, five-division world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather (L) speaks at a news conference, ahead of his upcoming bout with eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao (R), in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mayweather's violent history ignored: activists

While boxer Floyd Mayweather prepares for his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao, women's advocates believe his history of domestic violence is merely a footnote to the biggest fight in years.  Full Article 

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April 20th marks the fifth anniversary of the landmark Deepwater Horizon disaster that saw millions of gallons of crude oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Yet despite the cost to its reputation, BP had leased the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig, is emerging more strongly than some anticipated in the wake of the spill.  Read