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Cases of child marriage recorded highest in Haanku VDC in Jumla Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

JUMLA: Of the total then 26 VDCs in Humla district, Haanku has recorded the highest number of child marriages in the last fiscal year. At a two-day orientation organised by the District Coordination Committee, Jumla to declare Tatopani and Dillicharu VDC child-friendly VDCs, Committee's senior..

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Astronomers find 7 Earth-size planets where life may be possible Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, (REUTERS): Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a..

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Nepali women row against tide of discrimination on tourist lake Thursday, February 16th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): Batuli Bhujel weaves deftly through the colorful wooden boats and paddles into the shore of Phewa Lake in west Nepal, stepping lightly out of her boat and steadying it as she helps her young passengers off. For years, Bhujel has paddled tourists out at dawn to be rewarded..

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Forbidden love: Valentine’s Day banned for some in Asia Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

JAKARTA-ISLAMABAD, (REUTERS): Valentine's Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia's largest Muslim populations, saying the romantic tradition encouraged casual sex and ran counter to cultural norms. In Indonesia, officials from the..

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As young move away, traditional craft dies out in Nepal Sunday, February 12th, 2017

BHAKTAPUR, (AP): For generations, the residents of the ancient Nepali town of Thimi supplied the rest of the Himalayan country with everything from tiny clay lamps used in temples to massive grain storage jars. Locals still mix clay and throw it on potters' wheels, then leave pots to dry and..

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Chinese head home in world’s biggest annual human migration Friday, January 13th, 2017

BEIJING, (AP): Hundreds of thousands of Chinese travelers were packing airports, train and bus stations Friday as they headed home for Lunar New Year celebrations. Officials expect that Chinese travelers will make almost 3 billion trips during the holiday travel rush that starts Friday and runs..

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A 2016 Love Story: The Macedonian Cop And The Iraqi Refugee Friday, December 30th, 2016

KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA, (AFP): The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard. But Noora Arkavazi, a Kurdish Muslim, and Orthodox Christian Bobi Dodevski quickly fell in..

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Elephant herd attacks Nepal village, killing 1 and injuring 2 Thursday, December 29th, 2016

KATHMANDU, (AP): A herd of elephants attacked a village in southwest Nepal on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding two others, officials said. Government official Dilli Ram Acharya said the elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn, when there was not much light and poor visibility due to..

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Minimum age for marriage being upgraded to 20 Sunday, December 25th, 2016

KATHMANDU: A new proposal has been made to change the minimum age for marriage from 18 to 20. According to the proposal, anyone found guilty of forcing people to marry before the age of 20 would be sentenced to one-year jail or slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 or both. However, those who have reached..

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Ramjanaki bibaha mahostav being observed Monday, December 5th, 2016

DHANUSHA: The Ramjanaki bibaha mashotsav is being observed with much funfare in Janakpur today. The festival observed every year is regarded as a symbol of age-old cultural ties between Nepal and India. The seven-day-long festival began on November 29 and today marks the day when the then prince..

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A Twice-Divorced Saudi Mother Of 6 Reinterprets Islamic Law Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA, (AP): When Souad al-Shammary posted a series of tweets about the thick beards worn by Saudi clerics, she never imagined she would land in jail. She put up images of several men with beards: An Orthodox Jew, a hipster, a communist, an Ottoman Caliph, a Sikh, and a Muslim. She..

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Murder in Suburbia Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A teenage girl from my hometown in Northern Virginia, a girl identified most prominently as a Muslim, has reportedly been murdered with a baseball bat. We do not know..