At least 28 people were killed when a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, knocking down buildings in the country's largest city Guayaquil and cutting power in the capital Quito. Vice President Jorge Glas said that a state of emergency had been declared across the Andean nation. "We have 16 people dead in the city of Portoviejo, 10 in Manta and two in the province of Guayas," in the west of the country, Glas told a news conference.
The US military was set to join Japanese rescuers Sunday racing against the threat of more landslides to reach people still trapped by two big earthquakes. Rain hit the area around Kumamoto overnight, where officials have warned quake-loosened hillsides could be at risk of collapse as aftershocks continued to roil the ground. The weather brought further misery to those who survived Thursday's initial quake and the bigger, more powerful tremor that hit early Saturday.
By Ginger Gibson CASPER, Wyo. (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming, besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party's nomination. Cruz is trying to prevent Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination at the July convention in Cleveland. By continuing to rack up small wins, Cruz is gaining ground on the New York real estate mogul, who has thus far failed to shift his focus on the local-level campaigning necessary to win delegates.
Nine Yemeni inmates have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Saturday, bringing the controversial military prison's remaining population down to 80. It is the largest transfer from the facility since 10 Yemenis were sent to Oman in January and the first time Saudi Arabia has taken any Guantanamo inmates. The men's release -- just ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Saudia Arabia next week -- is the result of years of negotiations with the Saudi government and they will all participate in a Saudi rehabilitation and de-radicalization program.
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The Republican frontrunner also responded to a report that the social network's employees voted to ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether the company had a "responsibility" to try and "prevent" him from being elected president. "I can’t imagine them doing anything," Trump said. "I'm one of their great stars."
Declaring "we are all migrants," Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican. The pope told reporters that his gesture was "a drop in the ocean" but hoped that afterwards, "the ocean will never be the same again". "All refugees are children of God," he said aboard the papal plane on its flight back to Rome.
By Shinichi Saoshiro and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck a southern island, killing at least 32 people and injuring about a thousand. Residents near a dam were told to leave because of fears it might crumble, public broadcaster NHK said. NHK said about 150,000 people in total across the affected region had received evacuation orders amid fears that heavy rain could trigger more landslides as the two quakes have made the ground unstable.
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Pope Francis said on Saturday that his meeting with Bernie Sanders, contesting the Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, was not meddling in politics and that anyone who thought otherwise should “look for a psychiatrist”. Sanders and the pope met briefly on Saturday morning at the Vatican guest house where Francis lives and where Sanders and his wife spent the night after he addressed a Vatican conference on social justice. This is called good manners and it is not getting involved in politics,” the pope told reporters in answer to a question aboard the plane returning from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he visited a refugee camp.