Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asian girls marry by age 18

Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday. The report said child marriage is pervasive in the region even though most ...

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Aug 18, 2014

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Nepalese authorities on Monday feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed at least 101 people and left more than 136 missing. Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said ...

Aug 17, 2014

Three days of Nepal floods leave 54 dead, 142 missing

Flooding and landslides in western Nepal have killed at least 54 people and left 142 missing amid continuous rainfall over the past three days, officials said Saturday. Ten districts in the area have been flooded, with rescuers recovering 54 bodies, police official Kesh Bahadur ...

Japanese donate $100,000 for welfare of Nepalese Sherpas

May 6, 2014

Japanese donate $100,000 for welfare of Nepalese Sherpas

Japanese alpinist Ken Noguchi donated $100,000 on behalf of the Japanese public to Nepal on Monday to help the families of Sherpas who die in avalanches and other accidents while climbing Mt. Everest. Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said the ...

May 6, 2014

Nepalese man demanding dowry sets pregnant wife on fire

Nepalese police were searching for a husband and his parents after they allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for dowry, an officer said Tuesday. Police accuse Farid Sheikh and his parents of pouring kerosene over the 25-year-old woman, who was ...

Climate change to make Everest even riskier

May 3, 2014

Climate change to make Everest even riskier

by Katy Daigle

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed ...

The exodus from Everest

Apr 27, 2014

The exodus from Everest

by Ed Douglas

The Everest circus is leaving town. With the decision to cancel climbing this year, Sherpas from the 39 expeditions camped at the foot of the mountain are dropping tents and packing gear. Helicopters fly over the Icefall that leads into the Western Cwm, recovering ...

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

Apr 25, 2014

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

Nepal’s attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides April 18. While the season has not been officially canceled, ...

Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

Apr 23, 2014

Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

Most Sherpa mountain climbers have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide said Tuesday, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief over the 16 lives lost in Everest’s deadliest disaster. “It is just impossible for many ...

Highest of stakes on Everest's slopes

Apr 20, 2014

Highest of stakes on Everest's slopes

The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from high on Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. But they couldn’t get there quickly enough. No one ...

Everest's deadliest day kills 12 Sherpas

Apr 18, 2014

Everest's deadliest day kills 12 Sherpas

At least 12 Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and three others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, officials said, in the worst accident on the world’s highest peak. “We have retrieved 12 bodies from the snow, we don’t know ...