Carter asks Nepal leaders to compromise for peace Saturday, March 17th, 2012

KATHMANDU (AFP) — Former US president Jimmy Carter called Wednesday for compromises among Nepal's rival political factions to set the country on the road to peace, six years after the end of civil war. Carter encouraged party leaders to "resolve swiftly all outstanding debates" to allow the..

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Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons Friday, March 16th, 2012

By Kathleen Toner, CNN: Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN):  Pushpa Basnet doesn't need an alarm clock. Every morning, the sounds of 40 children wake her up in the two-story home she shares with them. As she helps the children dress for school, Basnet might appear to be a housemother of sorts. But the real..

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Chinese influence in Nepal grows

By Economist: A STRANGE cast of Western tourists, Nepalese pilgrims, Tibetan refugees and Chinese spies is forever circling the great stupa at Boudha in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. As people walk clockwise around the building, as prescribed by Buddhist tradition, Nepalese plain-clothes security..

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Nepal seeks aid to end China row over Everest height Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Gopal Sharma, Kathmandu (Reuters) - Nepal needs money and technical expertise from international donors to measure Mount Everest afresh, officials said on Wednesday, in a move to end a longstanding row with China about the height of the world's tallest mountain. More than 4,000 climbers have..

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NEPAL: Insecurity fears mount

By IRIN: KATHMANDU- Political infighting, a stalled drafting of the country's constitution and armed violence nationwide have increased insecurity in Nepal, culminating this past week in a bombing in Kathmandu which killed three and injured about 10. “These are purely criminal groups using..

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Nepal’s city children are new underclass: UN report

By Frankie Taggart | AFP –Pia Rai was 13 when she started taking drugs with her friends in lessons, unnoticed by her teacher who was struggling with a class of 75 students in an impoverished inner-city school. She had been introduced to heroin by classmates in Dharan, a city of 120,000 people..

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Nepal threatens Holi festival pranksters with jail

[caption id="attachment_547" align="alignleft" width="512" caption="Nepalese revellers daub coloured powder during celebrations of the "Holi" festival in Kathmandu in 2011. Police in Nepal have launched a crackdown on men throwing water balloons at women during the Hindu festival of Holi,..

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China, Russia rush to rebuild North Korea’s transport links Saturday, March 10th, 2012

By Jeremy Laurence-- RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) - Destitute North Korea's push to breathe new life into economic relationships with its neighbors China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in its far north of the country where foreigners are busy helping rebuild a crumbling infrastructure. A..

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It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..