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Nepal crime reform sparks press freedom concerns

Kathmandu - Nepal introduced a new criminal code Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press.

Dozens injured in police clashes at Nepal healthcare protest

Kathmandu - Dozens of protesters in Nepal have been injured in clashes with police at a demonstration in support of a hunger-striking doctor seeking better healthcare in the impoverished Himalayan country.

'Unnecessary rescues' soar in Nepal on profits from insurance payouts

Those - Tourists hiking in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on "unnecessary rescues", industry insiders say.

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Kathmandu - Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Kathmandu - Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

Two Sherpa guides killed on Everest

Kathmandu - Two Sherpa guides working on Everest were confirmed dead Tuesday, bringing the death toll on the world's highest peak this spring climbing season to five.

One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

Kathmandu - A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday.Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him.

Busy Everest season gets underway with 30 summits

Kathmandu - Everest's summit season got off to a frantic start Monday with at least 30 climbers reaching the peak, including a Chinese double amputee and an Australian who set a new world record.

Chinese double amputee finally summits Everest, decades after first bid

Kathmandu - A Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago finally reached the summit Monday, just months after the revocation of a controversial ban on double amputee climbers attempting the world's highest peak.

As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest 'trophy hunters'

- Everest is the ultimate mountaineering "trophy", but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top of the world.

Italian climber dies on Nepal peak

Kathmandu - An Italian climber has died on Nepal's rugged Mount Dhaulagiri, officials said Monday, the first fatality of the busy spring climbing season.

9,000 Nepalis to lose protected status in US

Washington - Around 9,000 Nepalis allowed to remain in the United States since the devastating April 2015 earthquake will lose their protected status in June next year, the government said Thursday.

Jet skids off runway causing Kathmandu airport chaos

Kathmandu - A Malaysian jet carrying 139 people that aborted its takeoff and skidded into mud forced Kathmandu airport to shut down for more than 12 hours until the plane was moved Friday.

Kathmandu airport closed after jet skids off runway

Kathmandu - Kathmandu airport was closed Friday after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway, officials said.

India pledges to expand rail, waterways to Nepal

Kathmandu - India pledged Saturday to expand rail links to Nepal's capital Kathmandu and develop inland waterways in the landlocked Himalayan nation, which has also benefited from extensive China-backed infrastructure investment in recent years.

Chinese double amputee to climb Everest after ban revoked

Bhaktapur - A Chinese climber who lost both legs to frostbite on Everest four decades ago is hoping to finally reach the summit after Nepal's top court overruled a controversial government ban on blind and double amputee climbers.

Nepali Sherpa aims for record 22nd Everest summit

Kathmandu - A Nepali Sherpa is hoping to summit Mount Everest for a record-breaking 22nd time next month, during the busy climbing season that each year sees hundreds of climbers reach the top of the world.

Australian paraplegic 'humbled' by Everest base camp trek

Kathmandu - A wheelchair-bound Australian who reached Everest base camp under his own power said Tuesday he was "humbled" to be the first paraplegic to make the gruelling journey mostly unaided.

Nepal's first female president wins second term

Kathmandu - Nepal's lawmakers Tuesday elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation's first female head of state for another five years.

Nepal probes deadly air crash after runway confusion

Kathmandu - Recordings show apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway approach at Kathmandu airport as Nepal Tuesday began investigating its deadliest plane crash in decades.

49 dead in Nepal's worst plane crash in decades

Kathmandu - Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades.

Nepal newspaper due in court for case slammed as press freedom attack

Kathmandu - Nepal's largest newspaper is due in court Friday summoned by the country's chief justice for articles critical of him, in a case widely condemned as an attack on press freedom.

Nepal's ruling party merges into super bloc with Maoists

Kathmandu - Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation.

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Kathmandu - The leader of Nepal's largest Communist party was sworn in as prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation.K.P.

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Kathmandu - The leader of Nepal's largest Communist party was named prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation.K.P.

Nepal Communist alliance to form next government

Kathmandu - Nepal's Communist parties will form the next government, the election commission confirmed Friday after releasing long-delayed election results months after polls billed as a turning point for the Himalayan nation roiled by decades of political instabi...

Nepal Communist parties poised to take power

Kathmandu - Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government two months after historic general elections.

Nepal losing out to China as Everest operators cross mountain

Kathmandu - Poor regulation and overcrowding are pushing Everest climbers away from Nepal to China, which is investing millions to boost a rival path to the top of the world.

Double amputee banned from Everest slams Nepal govt rules

Kathmandu - A former Gurkha soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan hit out Tuesday at new rules by the Nepal government that ban double amputees from climbing its mountains, dashing his Everest dreams.

Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

Kathmandu - When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal's first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification.
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A still from 'The Sari Soldiers'. Although the women have different points of view regarding the Nepal conflict, director Julie Bridgham has succeeded admirably in getting their stories across. The documentary has received several prizes, including the Nestor Almendros Prize from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.
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Wise woman near the Swayambhunath temple outside Kathmandu, Nepal
Frenchman Marc Kopp  suffering from multiple sclerosis  is the first disabled person to tandem skydi...
Frenchman Marc Kopp, suffering from multiple sclerosis, is the first disabled person to tandem skydive over Mount Everest.
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Like many of the poor  men and women  this girl earns her living by carrying heavy loads through the...
Like many of the poor, men and women, this girl earns her living by carrying heavy loads through the mountains; often on bare feet.
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The body is washed and prepared to be burned
In the international market  one kg of Caterpillar mushroom can fetch up to USD 10 000.
In the international market, one kg of Caterpillar mushroom can fetch up to USD 10,000.
QUAKE: Office workers in Kolkata  India s second-largest city  evacuate buildings Saturday following...
QUAKE: Office workers in Kolkata, India's second-largest city, evacuate buildings Saturday following the 7.9 earthquake that struck near Kathmandu in neighboring Nepal.
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Swimming monkeys near Swayambhunath  also known as Monkey Temple.
Swimming monkeys near Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple.
Pictured is an Indian cobra snake.
Pictured is an Indian cobra snake.
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Funeral pyre. Katmandu  Kali Gandaki river.
Funeral pyre. Katmandu, Kali Gandaki river.
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Bernard Gagnon
Young one carried by her mother through the streets of Kathmandu. The black  kohl  under her eyes is...
Young one carried by her mother through the streets of Kathmandu. The black 'kohl' under her eyes is not make-up, but a protection against the sun.
UH-1Y Huey helicopter landing on ship
UH-1Y Huey helicopter landing on ship
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The Mera Glacier region in the Dudh Kosi basin  Nepal. One of the areas studied by the research team...
The Mera Glacier region in the Dudh Kosi basin, Nepal. One of the areas studied by the research team.
Patrick Wagnon - European Geosciences Union
Landslides in Nepal  Sindhupalchowk - May 12  2015.
Landslides in Nepal, Sindhupalchowk - May 12, 2015.
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Wild and homeless girl. Pashupatinath temple  Kathmandu
Wild and homeless girl. Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu
Ginger selling market woman. Kathmandu
Ginger selling market woman. Kathmandu
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A snowstorm in the Himalayan region of central Nepal has killed 17 people  including nine hikers and...
A snowstorm in the Himalayan region of central Nepal has killed 17 people, including nine hikers and three villagers, while more than 100 remain unaccounted for, officials have said.
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