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Strong earthquake shakes northern Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northern Japan on Wednesday evening, causing a small tsunami but no damage or injury was reported. Several towns issued evacuation advisories to residents nearest the coast. A swelling of 10 centimeters (2.5 inches) was observed in the town of Erimo on..

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Fear as death squads hunt Iraq’s gays and “emos”

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The man holds up two pictures of his friend, which tell the story of what it now means to be gay in Iraq. One photograph, which the man keeps on his mobile phone, is a portrait of a handsome youth with a stylish haircut. The other, a printed snapshot taken last month, shows the..

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U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan as bombs kill 9

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit on Wednesday, as the United States tried to contain fallout from a massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by an American soldier. A motorcycle bomb went off in Kandahar city in..

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Ram Karki unacceptable to India as ambassador

KATHMANDU: India has declined to take Ram Karki as ambassador to Delhi and has conveyed the decision. This has been confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha who has said India has "officially" conveyed its decision not to endorse Karki's..

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Baidya turns heat on Dr unchanged

KATHMANDU: Mohan Baidya faction has turned heat on Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai to resign pronto. The allegations comprise it is showing “needless flexibility” with the “expansionists” and “imperialists” forces.   meaning India and the US. The heat turned on after a..

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10 days more to resolve contentions

KATHMANDU: Political parties have been given ten days more to resolve contentious issues seen the drafting of the new constitution A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday took the decision to this effect in response to the request for 15 days..

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Paudel, Mahoney hold consultation

KATHMANDU: Leader of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party Ram Chandra Paudel and Charge d'Affaires at the US Embassy, Kathmandu, Patricia A. Mahoney held a meeting at the former's residence at Boharatar on Wednesday morning. During the meeting, the duo discussed the peace process,..

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Tharus bring Western Terai to grinding halt

KATHMANDU:Some districts of the Mid and Far Western terai have been closed since Wednesday morning The Matawa, Badghar and Bhalmansa Federation, an organization working for political rights of the Tharu Communities, called on the strike demanding recognition of the those communities and..

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Ranking won’t hinder integration now: Baidya Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

KATHMANDU: At a time when political parties and the UCPN (Maoist) are at loggerheads over concluding the integration process, a senior leader of the ruling party has assured that the integration process would not stop due to intra-party contentions on rank determination of the PLAs. Mohan Baidya..

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Fringe parties flay citizenship agreement

KATHMANDU: 19 fringe parties representing in the Constituent Assembly (CA) on Tuesday have flayed the agreement between the government and the Madhesh based parties on providing citizenship to children, who were born before either of their parent acquired Nepal's citizenship. A meeting of these..

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Many Britons think Mt. Everest is in England

LONDON: A study in Britain has found that a lot of people here are completely ignorant about some of the basic facts related to their country such as the highest mountain or even the names of nations comprising their country! The study found that more than one in five adult Britons lacked..

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Bigwigs to seek 2 weeks more for resolving contentions

KATHMANDU: Senior leaders of the three major political parties-- UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML)-- have agreed on seeking two weeks extra time-frame from the Constituent Assembly for resolving contentious issues surfaced in writing the new constitution. The proposal was..

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25 injured, 16 critical, in APF truck accident

MORANG: At least 25 persons sustained injury when a mini truck belonging to the Armed Police Force (APF) met with accident. The mini truck (Ba 1 Ga 2061) of Armed Police on the way to Jhapa from Border Security Force, Sunsari, Inaruwa met with the fatal accident at Dulari-3, Morang along the..

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Most schools in Surkhet still lack toilets

SURKHET: There are still no toilets in around 200 community schools in Surkhet district. It is stated in a statistics made public by Water Aid, an international non-government organization. According to Water Aid, toilet facilities are only available in 330 of 522 community schools in Surkhet...

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5 Red Pandas dead, reason unknown

[caption id="attachment_640" align="alignleft" width="278" caption="Dead Red Pandas (Internet Source Files)"][/caption] TAPLEGUNG: Death toll of red panda – which is deemed very rare wildlife in the world heritage list – reached five during the period of five months. This time the dead..

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PM rolls out another proposal for integration Monday, March 12th, 2012

KATHMANDU: Amid mounting pressure from the opposition to conclude the integration process of the Maoist PLAs into Nepal Army and an equal pressure from within the party to secure party’s demand, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai presented another integration proposal on Monday. In his..

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Wildlife reserve gets first women mahout

KANCHANPUR: Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve Office has appointed a woman mahout for the first time for taking care of elephants. The Office appointed Bina Sunaha of Bhimdutta Municipality-13, Piparaiya, in the vacant permanent post of mahout under inclusion. According to Chief Conservation..

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