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Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

One estimate puts the reconstruction at more than $5 billion – or about a quarter of the country's GDP. Countries — and relief groups — are pledging to help.

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults.

Indonesia Notifies Convicted Drug Dealers Of Imminent Execution

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Alice Budisatrijo, a BBC producer in Southeast Asia, about the impending executions of nine drug traffickers in Indonesia, most of them foreigners. The Indonesian attorney general's office says the death row inmates were given the required 72 hours notice of execution on Saturday.

U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

The updated 18-year-old guidelines reflect concern over China's growing influence and North Korea's nuclear capability. They also call for Japan to take a more active role in the Asia Pacific region.

President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.

Kathmandu Residents Work To Help Communites Ravaged By Earthquake

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with residents of Kathmandu, Nepal, about Saturday's earthquake and their attempts to help communities recover from the disaster.

Authors Criticize Pen America's Decision To Honor 'Charlie Hebdo' Survivors

Some prominent authors are critical of the PEN American Center's decision to honor Charlie Hebdo staffers, saying the magazine denigrated the oppressed French Muslim population.

Death Toll Continues To Rise After Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal

Some harrowing stories are emerging about people who are trapped among the rubble from the massive earthquake that hit Nepal this weekend.

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

At a charity center in Sicily, survivors of the dangerous sea crossings from Libya to Italy face legal and economic limbo and a frosty welcome. But it's still better than the places they fled.

LOOK: Historic Nepal Sites Before And After The Quake

The human toll of the weekend disaster is overwhelming, but the temblor also damaged some of Kathmandu's most historic structures.