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 — ...

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on avalanche-hit trek

Oct 18, 2014

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on avalanche-hit trek

Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country’s worst mountain disasters. More than 40 people are still missing ...

Sep 29, 2014

Japanese climber's body recovered from Mount Manaslu in Nepal

Rescuers have recovered the body of a veteran Japanese climber who slipped and fell to his death while climbing Mount Manaslu in Nepal, a trek organizer said Sunday. Yoshimasa Sasaki, 59, from Kanagawa Prefecture, slipped on ice Friday while climbing at 7,300 meters on ...