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Bus falls into river in Nepal, killing 17 and injuring 50

Nov. 3, 2019 10:31 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An overcrowded bus drove off a mountain highway and crashed in a river in Nepal, killing 17 people and injuring 50 more, a police official said Monday. The bus was packed with people returning from festivals and appeared to have a mechanical problem before skidding off the highway...

Fastest climber of 14 highest peaks to return to mountains

Oct. 30, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese mountaineer who smashed the speed record for climbing the world's 14 highest peaks returned safely to Nepal's capital on Wednesday but said he plans to return to the mountains in three days to guide his clients. Nirmal Purja on Tuesday scaled the 8,027-meter (26,340-foot)...

Nepal man shatters record for scaling world's highest peaks

Oct. 29, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese man shattered the previous mountaineering record for successfully climbing the world's 14 highest peaks, completing the feat in 189 days. Nirmal Purja scaled the 8,027-meter (26,340-foot) Mount Shishapangma in China on Tuesday, which was the last of the 14 peaks that are...

China, Nepal sign deals for connectivity, security and trade

Oct. 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal and China signed 20 agreements on Sunday, including one on a trans-Himalayan railway, as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a two-day visit to the Himalayan nation. After talks in Kathmandu, Xi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli witnessed the signing of 18...

Xi becomes 1st Chinese president in 2 decades to visit Nepal

Oct. 12, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Xi Jinping on Saturday became the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit Nepal, where he is expected to sign agreements on several infrastructure projects. Xi arrived Saturday from India, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nepal is expected to...

Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex couples...