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Mt. Everest: Sherpas getting a bad rap

KHUMJUN, Nepal — In the shadow of a sparkling white stupa, Sherpas dressed as yaks prance and spin. Wind-battered men in charcoal-colored robes and white Stetsons, the formal dress of the Sherpa clan, gather round. They have plenty to celebrate. This week marks Mount Everest's “Diamond Jubilee,” the 60th anniversary of when New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Indian Tenzing Norgay first set foot on the world's tallest mountain in 1953.

Why Britain’s arrest of Nepali army colonel should serve as lesson for South Asia

Commentary: A rare example of bringing justice to those who torture detainees.
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A former Nepali Maoist combatant holds the Nepalese flag as he marches during a special function at the Shaktikhor cantonment site in the Chitwan District of Nepal, some 170 km south of Kathmandu, on Jan. 22, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
The situation in Nepal reflects an entrenched culture of political intrusions in the region’s judicial systems, with a long history of intervention from the highest levels of governments in the South Asia region. Most governments there have yet to accept that torturing detainees is a grave crime under international laws — to which they are signatories.
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Nepalese two-year-old eaten by wild animal while playing outside

A Nepalese toddler has been killed and partially eaten by a wild animal in the Himalayan nation's Mahottari district

Nepal bus crash kills 30

Local residents helped police pull the dead and injured from the scene of the accident.

Supreme Court Judge murdered in Nepal capital

Rana Bahadur Bam was alleged to have taken bribes from criminals in exchange for releasing them with light sentences and fines.

Nepal bomb kills at least 4

People had gathered during the busy rush hour in Janakpur for a political rally to demand a separate state in a new constitution, which is being drafted by Nepal's Constituent Assembly.

Mount Everest becoming unclimbable due to climate change

According to Apa Sherpa, the storied mountaineer who recently won the Guinness World record for having scaled Mount Everest 21 times, the world's tallest mountain is becoming increasingly difficult to climb due to climate change.

Nepal villager crowned world's shortest man

A 72-year-old man from an isolated mountain village in Nepal has been declared the world's shortest man ever by Guinness World Records officials.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi lives in Rhimkholi, an isolated mountain village some 400 kilometers west of Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. A foreign contractor cutting timber in the village last month alerted local media to his height.
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China vs. India: the battle for Buddha

LUMBINI, Nepal — For the past several months, a curious mystery has unfolded around Lumbini, the latest beachhead in the quiet battle for Buddha.
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