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Apr 21, 2014

Death toll climbs to at least 13 in worst tragedy on Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide on Saturday after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.

The avalanche struck a perilous passage called the Khumbu Icefall, which is riddled with crevasses and piled with serac – or huge chunks of ice – that can break free without warning.

Apr 21, 2014

Nepal Sherpas demand compensation for families of avalanche victims

KATHMANDU, April 21 (Reuters) – Nepal’s Sherpas have
demanded compensation of $10,000 for the families of 16
colleagues dead or missing in an avalanche on Mount Everest and
double the insurance cover for expeditions on the world’s
highest mountain, crowded with climbers.

The government has announced an immediate payment of $400 to
the victims’ families to cover funeral costs.

Apr 20, 2014

Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal’s Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.

Snow and huge chunks of ice swept down the perilous and crevasse-riddled Khumbu Icefall on Friday as guides ferried supplies to upper camps for foreign climbers trying to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

Apr 19, 2014

Search resumes after Everest’s worst climbing tragedy

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain.

Climbers declared a four-day halt to efforts to scale the 8,848-metre (29,029-ft) summit and, while some decided to abandon their mission, others said they would go ahead after talking to their Nepali guides.

Apr 18, 2014

Avalanche kills 12 guides in deadliest incident on Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed 12 Nepali guides on Friday at the start of the main climbing season, the tourism ministry said, in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world’s highest peak.

The avalanche hit the most popular route to the summit. Three Nepali guides were injured, while four people are still missing and presumed buried under snow, the ministry said.

Apr 18, 2014

At least nine Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing nine Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.

The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain’s peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry’s mountaineering department, told Reuters.

Apr 15, 2014

U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal would weaken the foundations of “genuine and lasting” peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said.

Nepal, home to Mount Everest and birthplace of Lord Buddha, is still recovering from a brutal conflict that ended in 2006 in which more than 16,000 died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were wounded or displaced.

Apr 11, 2014

Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims’ groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country’s civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice.

Wedged between China and India, the nascent republic suffered a decade-long insurgency that pitted Maoist guerrillas against the army. More than 16,000 people died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were forced out of their homes.

Mar 27, 2014

Nepal plans free SIM cards to help hikers in distress

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal plans to distribute free SIM cards to trekkers visiting remote areas alone, officials said on Thursday, after several foreign hikers were attacked or went missing in recent years.

Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, Nepal hosts thousands of foreign climbers and trekkers every year. But the killing or disappearance of solo trekkers have raised concerns about the safety of tourists.

Mar 19, 2014

Maoist students in angry protest over fuel price rise in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Maoist student activists led a partial strike in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and stoned or set fire to a dozen vehicles on Wednesday, demanding that the newly elected government cancel a fuel price rise.

State-run Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) increased petrol and diesel prices by up to 7.6 percent earlier this week, saying the move was needed to reduce its losses.