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Nepal airport closed after plane skids off runway

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500, arriving into Kathmandu from southern Nepal with 66 passengers, skids about 15 meters into the grass

Trash from the top of the world handed over for recycling in Nepal

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The 14-strong team sent by Nepal spends about 6 weeks scouring for litter from base camp to Camp 4 – nearly 8,000 meters up – scraping together empty cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear

Nepali workers search for recyclable materials froma a pile of waste collected from Mount Everest, in Kathmandu on June 5, 2019. Aluminium ladders and cans collected from Mount Everest may find a second life as pots and pans, Nepali officials said Wednesday, as some ten tonnes of garbage collected from the world's highest mountain was handed over for recycling. The 14-strong team sent by the government spent about six weeks scouring for litter from base camp to Camp 4 -- nearly 8,000 metres (26,300 feet) up -- scraping together empty cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear. PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP

Why a deadly shadow hangs over Everest summit

May 31, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Questions are being asked about how to police the world's highest peak after the deadliest climbing season in years

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 29, 2018, mountaineers walk near camp two of Mount Everest, as they prepare to ascend on the south face from Nepal. Two more climbers have died on Everest, expedition organisers and officials said on May 25, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded world's highest peak to ten.  PHUNJO LAMA / AFP

First black African woman makes landmark Everest summit

May 17, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Saray Khumalo reaches the 'roof of the world' in her fourth attempt after 3 previous bids were thwarted by bad weather, injury, and tragedy

THE TOP. South African Saray Khumalo climbs mountains 'in support of her cause of promoting access to education for African children.' Photo from her Facebook account

3 tons of rubbish collected from Mount Everest

May 02, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 29,029-foot peak

Tent in the Everest base camp. Mountain peak Everest. Highest mountain in the world. National Park, Nepal. - Shutterstock Image

Nepal attempts record with a Dead Sea of plastic bags

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Young Nepalis create a map of the Dead Sea with used plastic bags in a bid to set a new international record and raise awareness about the vast volumes polluting the world's oceans

DEAD SEA. A Nepali volunteer ties up recycled plastic bags to make a sculpture shaped like the Dead Sea to set a new world record for the largest sculpture made out of recycled plastic bags, in Kathmandu on December 5, 2018. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

6 killed in Nepal chopper crash

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) One woman survives the crash with injuries and has been airlifted to the capital

'Stressed, weeping' pilot caused deadly Nepal plane crash – inquiry

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The draft copy of the final investigation report concludes the US-Bangla Airlines captain was 'under stress and emotionally disturbed' after a female co-worker had 'questioned his reputation as a good instructor'

MARCH 12 AIRPLANE CRASH. Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

China, Nepal to build Tibet-Kathmandu rail link

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Nepal is seeking closer ties and much-needed energy and infrastructure investment from China, which has flexed greater economic and diplomatic muscle in its Himalayan neighbor in recent years

FRIENDS. Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Nepal bans solo climbers from Everest

Dec 30, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The ban is likely to anger elite solo mountaineers who enjoy the challenge of climbing alone

TOP. In this photograph taken on May 9, 2016, mountaineers walk from Camp 3 to Camp 4, as they pushing for the summit of Mount Everest. File Photo by NIMA GYALZEN SHERPA

New normal: Massive info leaks, networked journalism

Sep 23, 2016 - 5:38 PM

The Panama Papers project for example is the best example of networked journalism in an interconnected world

AGE OF COLLABORATION. Sheila Coronel (left) with the Panama Papers team from Asia, at the Uncovering Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Melvyn Calderon/Rappler

Australian and Dutch climbers die after Everest summit

May 22, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Since the first summit of Everest in 1953 more than 300 people most of them Nepali have died on Everest and Lhotse which share the same route until Camp 3

HIGHEST PEAK. A file picture dated September 14, 2013 shows Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft over Nepal. File photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Cities sign climate pledge in boost to global deal

Sep 25, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The signatories promise although without binding penalties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 from 1990 levels by 2050

Violent protests as Nepal adopts new constitution

Sep 20, 2015 - 10:36 PM

The charter is aimed at bolstering Nepal s transformation to a peaceful democracy after decades of autocratic rule and a long civil war

APPLAUSE. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (C), known as Prachanda, head of Unified Maoist Party applauds after President Ram Baran Yadav unveils the new Nepal Constitution during a session at the Constitution Assembly hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Nepal's parliament passes new constitution

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:09 AM

Political leaders counter that no deal would have pleased everyone and point to the urgency of ending the long stand off over the constitution so that the country can start rebuilding

Nepal's 'ghost schools' hide large-scale corruption

Aug 16, 2015 - 12:59 PM

In some cases we found a building but no people In other places there was nothing to see the school only existed on paper nowhere else

8 dead in Nepal chopper crash

May 16, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Before it went missing authorities say there was some chatter about a fuel problem on the radio from the helicopter crew of UH 1Y Huey

DEADLY CRASH. John Wissler, Commander of the Joint task force of US Army, speaks about the US helicopter crash during a press conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 May 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

A Filipino aid worker's journey from Tacloban to Kathmandu

May 15, 2015 - 6:33 PM

A Filipino aid worker relives her experience being deployed in Nepal

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. Aivon Guanco, World Vision Philippine's Humanitarian Accountability Manager in its Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response shares a mother child bond with an 82-year-old Nepalese earthquake survivor Durga. All photos contributed by World Vision.

US helicopter missing in Nepal with 8 aboard: military

May 13, 2015 - 3:09 AM

The chopper was carrying 6 US Marines and two soldiers from the Nepalese army

Second Nepal quake part of chain reaction – scientists

May 12, 2015 - 9:22 PM

The April 25 and May 12 quakes were shallow which means that ground shaking is far greater than with temblors that occur at depth the scientists say

SHATTERED. In this file photo, people inspect the damage of the collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

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May 12, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Filipinos help Nepalese in time of need

May 08, 2015 - 2:52 PM

A team of Filipinos is in Nepal to provide much needed assistance and food to the survivors of a devastating earthquake The Filipino disaster experts say it is their humble way of repaying the kindness extended by Nepal to the Philippines

FIRST AID. Dr Ted Esguerra checks on the health conditions of villagers from Ichowk Village in Nepal.

A Filipino traveler's tribute to Nepal

May 07, 2015 - 7:22 PM

Now my heart and my soul are for Nepal I wish I could do something other than praying for them

HERITAGE. Nepal's heritage sites speak of rich and colorful history. All photos contributed by

Catholic Church in Manila seeks donations for Nepal

May 01, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs however has not publicly pledged any specific amount to help Nepal after an earthquake that killed more than 6 000

TRYING TO REBUILD. A Hindu man stokes fire on April 30, 2015, for the cremation of earthquake victims in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal. Photo by Abir Abdullah/EPA

Buried quake survivors rescued after 5 days

May 01, 2015 - 3:00 AM

Although the number of aftershocks since the April 25 quake has subsided fresh tremors were felt in Kathmandu overnight

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Apr 30, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso reunites with her family The UN appeals for aid for Nepal Pacquiao and Mayweather vow to give a fan friendly fight

Nepal official says 250 feared missing after avalanche

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:59 PM

Around 250 people are feared missing after an avalanche Tuesday hit an area of Nepal that is on a popular trekking route and near the epicenter of a devastating earthquake

MISSING. In this file photo, dozens of tents lie damaged after an avalanche plowed through Mount Everest base camp killing at least 18 people following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, 25 April 2015. Photo by Azim Afif / EPA

Nepal quake: Town near epicenter spared from destruction

Apr 28, 2015 - 3:17 PM

In Pokhara just 73 km east of the quake s epicenter the only evidence of a disaster are a few cracked walls The township is most probably located on a solid rock base an expert says

INTACT. This general view shows paragliders over Pokhara Lake on April 27, 2015, following the earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25. Sajjad Husain/AFP

Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged – experts

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:18 AM

It remains unclear whether the shifts may be large enough to necessitate adjustments to high precision world maps

RUINS. Rescue workers take part in the rescue operation where several houses have collapsed at Vhaktapur district in Nepal, April 27, 2015. Abid Abdullah/EPA

Q&A: Did Kathmandu shift?

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Possibly about 3 meters southward according to initial analysis of seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake says tectonics expert James Jackson

An elderly woman mourns in front of her destroyed home in the Kumalpur village, on the outskirts of capital Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 April 2015, with some black hair visible (background C) of a 10-year-old girl that died in the earthquake and was cremated last night. Kumalpur village is a small village town situated north of Kathmandu where 9 people including 4 children were killed.EPA/N ARENDRA SHRESTHA

'She was my everything': Tragic end to Nepal quake rescue

Apr 27, 2015 - 10:52 PM

I don t know if she s alive maybe she is but I don t understand why she hasn t responded to our calls if she is alive a quake survivor looking for her daughter narrates

A handout photo provided by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) on 26 April 2015 of rescue workers from the Nepal Red Cross Society helping injured people in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. EPA/CARL WHETHAM/IFRC

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Aid pours in for earthquake stricken Nepal as the death toll surpasses 2 300

URGENT. Injured people wait for medical treatment after an earthquake struck Nepal, at Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 April 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Quake aftershock of 6.7 magnitude hits Nepal

Apr 26, 2015 - 3:58 PM

The latest quake hits northeast of Kathmandu near the border with China

At least 876 dead in Nepal quake, deadly avalanche on Everest

Apr 25, 2015 - 3:06 PM

5th UPDATE Officials say 10 people were killed when an avalanche buried parts of Mount Everest s base camp in Nepal where hundreds of mountaineers have gathered at the start of the annual climbing season

NEPAL QUAKE. Dust can be seen over the city during an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Bird causes emergency landing in Nepal

Dec 29, 2014 - 7:06 PM

Birds pose a serious safety concern for Kathmandu s airport situated close to forested hills

Airplane in the sky image from Shutterstock.

India's Modi in Nepal to deepen energy, trade ties

Aug 03, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Nepal to try to speed up progress on power agreements while also aiming to counter rival giant China s influence in the region

VISIT. Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (R) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on August 3, 2014Photo by Prakesh Mathema / AFP

Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions after tragedy

Apr 21, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Some of the sherpas and their families are angry about the Nepali government s offer of 40 000 rupees to pay for the funeral expenses of those killed calling it a disrespectful gesture

WORST ACCIDENT. Group of family members of the Nepalese mountaineer carry the body of Ang Kaji Sherpa who died on Mt. Everest Avalanche upon its arrival at Sherpa Monastry in Kathmandu, Nepal. April 19, 2014. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Indian plane evacuated after catching fire in Nepal

Mar 08, 2014 - 8:34 PM

An Indian plane evacuated passengers after its rear wheel caught fire while landing in Nepal

Passenger plane carrying 18 missing in Nepal – officials

Feb 16, 2014 - 6:32 PM

The state run carrier was travelling from Pokhara to the town of Jumla west of the capital Kathmandu when air traffic controllers lost contact

All 19 passengers and crew dead in Nepal plane crash

Sep 28, 2012 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Police say all 19 passengers and crew on board a small passenger plane died after the aircraft crashed