Nepal marks 1st Everest ascent amid debate over permits

World 05/29/19, 06:26

Nepal commemorated the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest on Wednesday amid a climbing season marred by the highest death toll in four years and a debate on whether the government should limit permits to prevent dangerous overcrowding on the world's highest peak.Government officials said at an event ...

Deaths rise as Nepal issues more permits for Mount Everest

World 05/28/19, 05:24

Nepal's reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said.During the short period this season when the weather was clear enough to attempt the summit, climbers were crammed crampon-to-crampon ...

Nepal’s record-setting Everest guide returns hero

Asia & Pacific 05/25/19, 19:46

Family, friends and supporters welcomed a veteran Sherpa guide upon his return to Nepal's capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his record.After flying back from Everest to Kathmandu, Kami Rita was greeted by the waiting crowd at the airport. His wife hugged him and ...

Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

World 05/15/19, 00:53

Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.Rita reached the summit with other climbers Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government ...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

World 04/23/19, 22:43

Asian and African leaders plan to press Beijing at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure.That may bring a note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping's signature foreign ...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas

World 04/18/19, 11:06

Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive.Renowned climber Kami Rita lived through ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

PHOTOS: Horses race in Nepal capital to keep devils away

Asia & Pacific 04/07/19, 07:02

Nepal's president, top officials and diplomats gathered recently at army grounds in central Kathmandu for an annual horse festival that marks the slaying of the Hindu Gurumapa demon.Soldiers race the horses and show off warfare techniques believed to keep devil spirits away through the pounding of the horses' hooves.A dedicated ...

Rainstorm hits south Nepal; PM says 25 dead, hundreds hurt

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 21:32

Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal that were cut off by a rainstorm that has killed 25 people and injured hundreds more.The rainstorm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal on Sunday night.Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli said ...

US scientists to climb Everest, collect data on climate

Science 03/27/19, 00:17

A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming.The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region collecting ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 02/14/19, 23:12

Young Buddhist novices attend a dance festival as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, South Korean high school seniors clad in traditional attire bow during a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony in Seoul.Thousands of students and faculty from the ...

More immigrants sue US over end to protected status

U.S. 02/11/19, 16:44

Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States. The lawsuit filed late Sunday in federal court in San Francisco alleges that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's decision to end so-called temporary ...

Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study

Asia & Pacific 02/05/19, 02:22

One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns.If global efforts to curb climate change fail, the impact could be far worse: a loss ...

Nepal stops water project contractors from leaving country

Europe 12/19/18, 19:44

Nepal's government has stopped eight Italian contractors from leaving the Himalayan country in an effort to complete a critical but much delayed water supply project for the capital. Nepalese officials and the Italian contractors met again on Wednesday, Dec. 19, but no agreement was reached, said Ministry of Water Supplies spokesman ...

Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks

Asia & Pacific 12/13/18, 22:59

The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come.New shiny rails connecting the 34 kilometers (21 miles) between Janakpur in southeastern Nepal and Jay ...

PHOTOS: Nepal’s masked dancers mark the end of monsoon

World 10/24/18, 23:26

For centuries, Nepal has celebrated its masked dancers, who officially begin monthlong festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalayan nation.In this Sept. 26, 2018, photo, 10-year-old Salik Suwal, right, and 11-year-old Pujan Machamasi pose for a photograph without their masks of god Kawancha in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated ...

Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers

Asia & Pacific 10/16/18, 21:54

Relatives dressed in black funeral suits wept in grief on Wednesday as the bodies of five South Korean mountain climbers arrived home from Nepal where they had died in a storm last week.The caskets covered in white sheets were carried out from a terminal in Incheon International Airport before being ...

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