Helicopter crashes in Nepal, killing tourism chief, 6 others
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter flying in bad weather crashed into a mountain in Nepal on Wednesday, killing all seven people on board, including the country's tourism minister, officials...
1 killed, 2 wounded in explosion in Nepal’s capital
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An explosion outside a telecommunication company in Nepal's capital killed one person and injured two others, police official said Saturday.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
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.
More immigrants sue US over end to protected status
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.
Group of players brings cricket to Grand Island
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — On a recent, cold Wednesday night in Grand Island, seven guys were inside the Community Fieldhouse, having a great time playing cricket.
Americans might think of the game as dull, but the seven men were obviously having fun. Plays often provoked loud reactions, and the participants did their share of laughing and joking around.
The group has been playing cricket inside the Community Fieldhouse on a weekly basis for two months.
Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 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 of two-thirds of the region's glaciers by 2100, said the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment released Monday by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Disoriented pilot, bad runway approach cited in Nepal crash
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Bangladeshi airliner was misaligned with the runway and its pilot was disoriented and tried to land in "sheer desperation" when the plane crashed last year in Nepal, an investigation report said.
Nepal police search for 5 missing followers of ‘Buddha Boy’
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal are searching for five missing followers of a spiritual leader who is believed by devotees to be a reincarnation of Buddha, officials said Monday.
Ram Bahadur Bamjan, also known as Buddha Boy, became famous in southern Nepal in 2005 when many believed he was able to meditate without moving for months while sitting beneath a tree with no food or water. He remains popular despite accusations of sexually and physically assaulting his followers.
China plans major cut in number of Everest climbers
BEIJING (AP) — China will cut the number of climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest from the north by one-third this year as part of plans for a major cleanup on the world's highest peak, state media reported Monday.
The total number of climbers seeking to summit the world's highest peak at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) from the north will be limited to less than 300 and the climbing season restricted to spring, the reports said.
Woman, 2 sons die in Nepal town in suspected menstrual exile
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A woman and her two sons have died in a remote town in Nepal because of a tradition in which women are exiled from their homes and forced to live in huts during menstruation, a government administrator said Thursday.
The 35-year-old woman and her sons were found dead by family and villagers in a small hut next to their family home on Wednesday morning, said Bajura District chief administrator Chetraj Baral.
21 killed in crash of Nepal bus on college botany field trip
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus carrying college students and their instructors back from a botany field trip drove off a highway in a mountainous area on Friday, leaving 21 dead and 15 injured, police said.
The bus plunged down a mountainous slope and rolled about 500 meters (1,640 feet), police said.
The Nepalese students and instructors from Krishna Sen Ichhuk Polytechnic Institute had been visiting a farm in a nearby district.
Nepal stops water project contractors from leaving country
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 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, but no agreement was reached, said Ministry of Water Supplies spokesman Shankar Prasad Subedi.
Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks
JANAKPUR, Nepal (AP) — 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 Nagar in the Indian state of Bihar are raising hopes for more business and pilgrimages.
AP PHOTOS: Nepal’s masked dancers mark the end of monsoon
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — For centuries, Nepal has celebrated its masked dancers, who officially begin monthlong festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalayan nation.
Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Relatives dressed in black wept in grief Wednesday as the bodies of five South Korean mountain climbers arrived home from Nepal where they died in a storm last week.
The caskets covered in white sheets were carried from a terminal in Incheon International Airport to vehicles headed to funeral homes in Seoul, Uijeongbu and Busan.
Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of five South Korean climbers killed in a fierce storm last week on a mountain in Nepal were set to head home Tuesday amid calls to improve weather warning systems on Nepal's mountains.
Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain’s remoteness
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been scaled in eight years.
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Climbers who died in Nepal storm included famed South Korean
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The nine climbers who died during the worst disaster on a Nepal mountain in recent years included the first South Korean to summit all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8,000 meters without using supplemental oxygen.
The Latest: Moon gives condolences for Korean climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Latest on mountaineering deaths in Nepal (all times local):
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, an amateur hiking enthusiast who visited Nepal in 2016, has expressed condolences for the climbers who died in a storm on a Nepal mountain.
Five South Koreans and four Nepalese guides died Friday when a storm swept their base camp on Gurja Himal mountain, and their bodies were retrieved Sunday.
Nepal says it has blocked 25,000 websites in pornography ban
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese internet providers have begun blocking thousands of pornographic websites as part of a government directive aimed at stopping sexual violence, officials said Sunday.
The government issued new criminal and civil codes this year that include regulations against the use, broadcast and publication of pornographic materials with punishment for violators of up to one year in prison.
Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Animal-rights campaigners are hoping this year's festival season in Nepal will be a little less bloody.
During the 15-day Dasain festival that began this week in the Himalayan country, families fly kites, host feasts and visit temples, where tens of thousands of goats, buffaloes, chickens and ducks are sacrificed to please the gods and goddesses as part of a practice that dates back centuries.
Nepal says its tiger population has almost doubled from 2009
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The number of tigers roaming the jungles of Nepal has nearly doubled because of initiatives from the government, conservationists and local authorities who have worked for years to increase the tiger population in the Himalayan nation, an official said Sunday.
American skiers return safely from world’s 4th highest peak
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — American extreme skiers who overcame threatening weather conditions and equipment problems to successfully ski down from the summit of the world's fourth-highest peak returned safely from the mountain on Thursday.
James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, arrived in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, looking forward to a break after becoming the first people to ski down from Mount Lhotse's 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit.
American climbers ski down world’s 4th-highest mountain
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two American climbers have successfully skied down from the summit of the world's fourth-highest mountain, organizers said Monday.
James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, scaled Mount Lhotse's 8,516-meter (27,940-foot) summit on Sunday with two other climbers and three Nepalese Sherpa guides, said Pemba Sherpa of Xtreme Climbers Treks and Expeditions.
Morrison and Nelson then descended down the mountain on their skis.
Oh, baby! Buffalo Zoo rhino pregnant, due in 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Zoo says a new addition is coming to join its rhinos.
The zoo says Tashi, a greater one-horned rhinoceros, is pregnant and expected to give birth in the summer of 2019.
Tashi was artificially inseminated by Suru, who makes his home at Zoo Miami.
AP Explains: How new criminal laws threaten Nepal journalism
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Journalists in Nepal are demanding changes to new criminal and civil codes they say undermine freedom of speech and expression.
The laws that took effect last month are general codes of conduct that apply to all citizens of Nepal, but press freedom groups say harsher sentences for libel and privacy violations are having a chilling effect on journalists in the small Himalayan country. Here are some details:
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Bhutanese refugees work to keep their culture alive
CLEVELAND (AP) — Refugees forced from their homes in the Asian kingdom of Bhutan have been working to create a new home in northeastern Ohio while also forming a community aimed at preserving their Bhutanese heritage.
Helicopter crash in Nepal kills 5, leaves 1 missing
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter flying in bad weather crashed in Nepal's mountains on Saturday, killing five of the seven people on board and leaving another missing, police said.
The pilot and four of the six passengers, including a 68-year-old Japanese man, were among those killed, said police official Basanta Kuwar. Another passenger was missing, while a woman survived the crash, he said. The woman's condition was not immediately clear.
South Asian, Southeast Asian leaders discuss closer ties
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Leaders of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Nepal to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.
The two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. It groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
After earthquake, Olympics, Singh has Asian Games in context
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gaurika Singh was thrust into the international spotlight as the youngest athlete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she captivated people with her story of earthquake survival.
She's still only 15 but at the Asian Games, where's she competing in swimming this week, she feels almost like a veteran.
Qatar says Nepali worker dies building World Cup stadium
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation.
Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site.
It offered no cause of death, though the committee said both Qatari and Nepali authorities were notified. An investigation into the death is underway.
UAE offers amnesty for foreign workers stuck in Catch-22
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates launched a three-month visa amnesty program Wednesday, hoping to resolve a Catch-22 for foreign workers who are fined daily for overstaying their permits but prevented from leaving until they pay the penalties.
SINGAPORE (AP) — To protect one of the highest-profile diplomatic events so far this century, Singapore has enlisted the help of its fearsome Nepalese fighters whose large curved knives, according to custom, must "taste blood" whenever they're drawn.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal honored several Sherpa guides for their Everest successes on the anniversary Tuesday of the first conquest of the world's highest peak.
Government minister Bina Magar, herself an Everest climber, honored the guides at a ceremony held every year on the date in 1953 that New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay first set foot on the summit of the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female Everest climber said after finishing her ninth ascent of the world's highest mountain that she wants to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams.
Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs of Mount Everest by a woman.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday.
Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who is stationed at Everest's base camp during the climbing season and received the reports of the deaths.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip.
After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide visiting climbers on the world's highest mountain next year.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents returned safely from Mount Everest on Saturday.
Steve Plain said he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family.
Plain, 36, scaled Mount Everest earlier in the week, completing his mission to scale the seven summits in 117 days. He flew to Kathmandu from Everest on Saturday.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A veteran Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday rejected the refugee claims of two Pakistani and a Nepalese asylum seeker because they could find somewhere safe in their homelands to live.
The High Court unanimously upheld the decisions of the Supreme Court of Nauru, where the asylum seekers have lived since 2013.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — One of the area's newest police officers is far away from the dusty refugee camp in Nepal where he grew up and spent more than half his life, but he's committed to his adopted home of Akron.
Damber Subba, who arrived in the United States about 10 years ago, wants to be a bridge between the city's Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community and Greater Akron.
Subba, 30, is Akron's first police officer who is a Bhutanese refugee. He was among 12 officers sworn in May 4.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An Australian mountaineer scaled Mount Everest on Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said.
Australian climber Steve Plain scaled Everest 117 days after beginning his mission in Antarctica.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak, a government official said.
The guides were among the first climbers to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit this spring climbing season, said tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha. Since the weather is clear, scores of climbers are expected to follow in the next couple of days.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh is mourning those who died in the crash of a plane from Dkaha as it was landing in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered national flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings at home and at embassies across the world, while special prayers are planned for Friday at all mosques across the country during weekly prayers.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Survivors of this week's plane crash at Nepal's main airport said Wednesday that it was a miracle they survived an accident that killed 49 of the 71 people on board.
Shorna Huggain of Bangladesh, who was a passenger on the US-Bangla Airlines flight when it crashed Monday while attempting to land at Kathmandu's airport, said her husband saved her life.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — "I say again, turn!" the air traffic controller called over the radio, his voice rising, as the flight from Bangladesh swerved low over the runway at Kathmandu's small airport.
Seconds later, the plane crashed into a field beside the runway, erupting in flames and leaving 49 of the 71 people on board dead.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said.
A top airport official said the pilot of US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 did not follow landing instructions from the control tower and approached the airport's one runway from the wrong direction.