Apr 18, 2015

Nepal marks anniversary of deadliest Everest avalanche

Hundreds of people have gathered in Nepal’s capital to mark the anniversary of the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest. After 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides died in the April 18, 2014, disaster, the guides refused to work on the mountain, leading to the cancellation ...

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Feb 27, 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decadelong civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses. Former Maoist rebels and security forces have both been accused of carrying ...

'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

Feb 1, 2015

'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

Nepal’s success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Katmandu on Monday. Experts from conservation group WWF, which is co-hosting the conference with ...

Nepal fails to meet charter deadline due to opposition protests

Jan 23, 2015

Nepal fails to meet charter deadline due to opposition protests

Nepal’s lawmakers failed to agree on a new constitution Thursday as a midnight deadline expired, deepening public frustration over the slow pace of political progress in the young republic. Parliament Speaker Subash Nembang adjourned the late-night session after opposition lawmakers rushed into the well ...

Dec 30, 2014

Bird causes emergency landing in Nepal

A Jet Airways plane with 125 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Katmandu airport on Monday after a bird flew into its left engine, an aviation official said. Sparks were seen coming from the plane’s engine before it touched down safely in ...

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Dec 23, 2014

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Nepalese single mother Deepti Gurung has spent years trying and failing to register her two teenage daughters as citizens of their country. Although her children were both born in Nepal, the 40-year-old has struggled to secure their legal right to citizenship in the absence ...

Nov 28, 2014

South Asia rivals seal power pact, but summit falls short

South Asian leaders signed an agreement to improve cross-border energy trade in the power-starved region, as a summit overshadowed by India and Pakistan’s rivalry ended with little progress toward regional integration. The prime minister of host country Nepal said Thursday the achievements of the ...

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Nov 28, 2014

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees were expected to turn the village of Bariyapur near the Indian border ...

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Nov 17, 2014

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a ...

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

Oct 21, 2014

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking disaster. The dead include at least 17 tourists — ...