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Search team finds bodies of all Koreans missing in Himalayan avalanche

May 01, 2020 - 5:47 PM

'The two bodies were found this morning, a Nepali and a South Korean, after search teams dug through the snow. We have now recovered all bodies,' local ward chairman Him Bahadur Gurung says

HIGH RANGE. Snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the Kashmir region are pictured during a commercial flight from Srinagar to Jammu. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Pandemic shuts down Everest as Nepal suspends permits

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Nepal's move comes a day after China barred access from its side

PANDEMIC. Mount Everest as seen from the aircraft of Drukair in Bhutan. The aircraft is south of the mountains, facing north. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Shrimpo1976

Nepal suspends visa-on-arrival for 5 countries due to coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Potential travelers from South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, and China – including Taiwan – are now required to submit a health certificate and visa application in advance

A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST. The Patan Durbar Palace Square. Photo by Krista Garcia/Rappler

Virus slows China's major projects in Asia

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Many Chinese workers who left for the Lunar New Year holidays have not returned. Deliveries of supplies and equipment are also disrupted.

In this photograph taken on February 24, 2020 a Chinese labourer works at a construction site on reclaimed land, part of a Chinese-funded project for Port City, in Colombo. - From an artificial island in Sri Lanka to a bridge in Bangladesh and hydropower projects in Nepal and Indonesia, China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan is stuttering under the effects of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'HEALTH-VIRUS-DIPLOMACY-TRADE-CHINA-SASIA' FOCUS BY POORNIMA WEERASEKARA

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Nepal reports South Asia's 1st confirmed case of deadly virus

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Nepal's health ministry also says that surveillance has been increased at the airport, 'and suspicious patients entering Nepal are being monitored with correct manpower and equipment'

PROTECTION. Passengers wearing protective face masks to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan arrive at Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Child 'love marriages' in Nepal blight young lives

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Nepal has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage, even though the practice was banned five decades ago and the legal marrying age is 20

NEPAL MARRIAGES. In this photograph taken on September 12, 2019 Asha Charti Karki, who got married at age 16 and mentors young girls on the importance of education, plays with her daughter in their home in Barahataal in Surkhet District. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Nepalese worker dies in Malaysia meat machine accident

Dec 30, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Malacca fire department's Zulkhairani Ramli says the 47-year-old man was working at a meat-processing factory near Masjid Tanah when the incident occurred

3 dead in Nepal bomb blast

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Police says 3 more are injured and are undergoing treatment

Nepal bus crash kills 11, injures over a hundred

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Authorities say the packed bus was ferrying passengers who had been celebrating the Hindu festival of Dashain

Polish climber dies on Nepal's Mount Manaslu

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A 50-year-old Polish woman becomes the first fatality of the autumn climbing season in the Himalayas

DEATH IN THE HIMALAYAS. A 50-year-old Polish woman dies attempting to summit Mt. Manaslu. Photo from Shuttershock

Trafficked to extinction: India, Nepal, Hong Kong

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries

A rescued pangolin at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation near Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. © Dauharu Baro / Wildlife Trust of India / International Fund for Animal Welfare

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

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

Ex-U.N. official jailed for child abuse in Nepal

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Peter John Dalglish, from Canada, a former high-profile humanitarian worker, is sentenced on Monday to terms of 9 and 7 years in two cases after being convicted last month

Nepal declines permission for Dalai Lama's birthday celebration

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Kathmandu officials say the permission was not granted 'because there might be a problem in peace and security'

BUDDHISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gestures at a function in Dharamsala on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

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

4 bodies, 10 tons of rubbish collected from Mount Everest

May 29, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Global warming means melting glaciers are revealing human remains and rubbish, which have gathered over decades of commercial mountaineering

Ernest Fiestan Attachments 7:08 AM (12 minutes ago) to me, Creatives, Photos, Central Tent in the Everest base camp. Mountain peak Everest. Highest mountain in the world. National Park, Nepal. - Image

Everest 'traffic jam' survivor calls for tougher rules

May 28, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Ten people are dead in a little more than two weeks after poor weather cut the climbing window at Everest, leaving mountaineers waiting in long queues to the summit, risking exhaustion and running out of oxygen

AMEESHA CHAUHAN. Indian Everest climber Ameesha Chauhan rests on her bed as she dips her frost-bitten feet in a warm solution at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 27, 2019. Photo by Gopen Rai/AFP

3 dead, 6 injured in Nepal blasts

May 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place

'Traffic jam' on Everest as two more climbers die reaching summit

May 23, 2019 - 5:04 PM

An American and Indian climber are the latest fatalities, their expedition organisers say, on one of the busiest-ever days on the the 8,848-meter peak

EVEREST 'TRAFFIC JAM.' This handout photo taken on May 22, 2019 and released by climber Nirmal Purja's Project Possible expedition shows heavy traffic of mountain climbers lining up to stand at the summit of Mount Everest. Handout photo by Project Possible/AFP

Nepal bans Alipay, WeChat Pay

May 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Nepal's central bank says Alipay and WeChat Pay are banned 'because the country is losing foreign currency earnings' through usage of the Chinese digital payment platforms

Alipay and wechat QR codes for online payment are displayed as a vendor (L) receives money from a customer at a meat stall in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on August 9, 2018. - The consumer price index (CPI), an important barometer of retail inflation, rose 2.1 percent on-year, from 1.9 percent in June and slightly higher than the 2.0 percent forecast. (Photo by - / AFP) / China OUT / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by - has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [correcting positioning of vendor from R to L]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

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 temporarily halts 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' ban

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Petitioners argue playing 'PUBG' is an act of free expression, and the ban was unreasonable and infringed on people's rights to freedom

3 killed in aircraft runway accident near Everest

Apr 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

At least 3 people were injured after a small plane hit helicopters near Mount Everest

A Summit Air Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft bound for Kathmandu is seen after it hit two helicopters during take off at Lukla airport, the main gateway to the Everest region. A small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on April 14, killing three people and injuring three, officials said.  STR / AFP

Nepal bans online game 'PUBG' on concerns over children

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Nepal's telecommunication authority issues a circular to all internet service providers on April 11 to block 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on instructions from the Kathmandu district court

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Updates to 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' are announced during the Microsoft xBox E3 briefing at the Microsoft Theater on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Nepal sending team to clean Mount Everest

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:20 AM

A 14-member team will be sent to Everest base camp from April 25 and aim to bring back 10,000 kilograms or 11 tons of trash

CLEAN-UP. File photo of taken on May 9, 2016, mountaineers walk from Camp 3 to Camp 4, as they push for the summit of Mount Everest. Photo by Nima Gyalzen Sherpa

23 dead in Nepal student bus crash

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Authorities say the bus was speeding when it plunged into a ravine

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

Suu Kyi calls for peace in speech which avoids Rohingya crisis

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Other top officials at an international meeting in Nepal do not mention the conflict, which has overshadowed many of Suu Kyi's international appearances

SUU KYI IN NEPAL. In this handout photograph released by Nepal's Ministry of Information on November 29, 2018, Myanmar's de-facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (center R) poses with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ishwor Pokhrel (center L) upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu. Photo by Nepal's Ministry of Information/AFP

Robredo flies to Nepal for Asia Pacific Summit

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to deliver the keynote speech during the summit, where issues like climate change and good governance will be tackled

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo will be delivering a keynote speech during the Asia Pacific Summit 2018 on December 1. File photo by OVP

Nepal rescuers retrieve bodies of 9 climbers

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The freak snowstorm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake

Snowstorm kills 9 climbers on Nepal peak

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

A deadly snowstorm hits Mount Gurja as a South Korean 9-man team conducts a climbing expedition

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

World's highest ER battles to save lives on Everest

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:53 PM

The doctors staffing the sole emergency room on the roof of the world battle high altitude, freezing conditions, and violent weather every climbing season to save the lives of sick and injured mountaineers

FOR EMERGENCIES. This picture taken on April 24, 2018 shows patients waiting to see a doctor at the Everest ER tent clinic at Everest Base Camp, some 140km northeast of Kathmandu. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Two Sherpa guides killed on Everest

May 22, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Since the first British expedition tried and failed to reach Everest's summit in 1921, the mountain has claimed 295 lives, according to the Himalayan Database

EVEREST CLIMBER. Volunteers and friends carry the body of Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki on a stretcher at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 21, 2018.  Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:15 PM

K.P. Sharma Oli will head the first government elected under a new national constitution that cements Nepal's transformation from Hindu monarchy to a federal republic 11 years after the end of a brutal Maoist insurgency

THE NEW PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2015 Nepal's prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli waves after casting his vote in an election for Nepal's new president in Kathmandu. File photo by Prakash Mathema/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

Nepalis vote for stability in historic polls

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

This marks the final step of a drawn-out peace process, which began in 2006 with the end of the civil war

HISTORIC POLLS. A Nepali voter examines a ballot papers before casting his vote at a polling station during the general election at Chautara, Sindhupalchowk district some of 100 kilometers east of Kathamndu on November 26, 2017. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Nepal 0, Philippines 0. Thoughts on a frustrating evening

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The Azkals are denied automatic qualification to the AFC Asian Cup after a fruitless 90 minutes on Tuesday. Here are the talking points.

MISSED CHANCE. The Azkals missed an outright entry to the AFC.

Azkals miss early qualification in draw vs Nepal

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The Azkals end the game with a 0-0 draw against Nepal

HUGE MISS. The Philippines will enter into a do-or-die match with Tajikistan next year for their maiden berth in the Asian Cup. Photo from Facebook

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals seek qualification in Nepal

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Can attitude conquer altitude? Philippines coach Thomas Dooley sure hopes so

3-year-old anointed as 'living goddess' in Nepal

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Wearing a red dress, Trishna Shakya is taken from her home to an ancient palace in the Nepalese capital's historic Durbar Square where her initiation begins with a short ceremony

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Authorities say a total of 1 009 bodies have been recovered in India Bangladesh and Nepal since August 10

Indian flood effected villagers collect drinking water and relief food at Alal village in Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal on August 23, 2017. More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said August 21. The human toll is steadily rising across India, Nepal and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since August 10, as the annual monsoon hits the north and east of the region. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA