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May 21, 2012

Three climbers die as Everest season winds down

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three climbers including a German physician died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, officials said on Monday.

Eberhard Schaaf, 61, from Aachen, Germany, who was climbing with the Eco Everest Expedition to remove decades-old garbage from the mountain, died on Saturday along the normal Southeast Ridge Route on the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) peak.

May 21, 2012

Three climbers including a German die on Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three climbers including a German physician died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, officials said on Monday.

Eberhard Schaaf, 61, from Aachen, Germany, who was climbing with the Eco Everest Expedition to remove decades-old garbage from the mountain, died on Saturday along the normal Southeast Ridge Route on the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) peak.

May 20, 2012

General strike freezes Nepal as constitution deadline looms

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of schools closed, roads were empty and businesses shuttered across Nepal on Sunday at the start of a three-day general strike over a state boundary dispute that could push lawmakers past a May 27 deadline to write a new constitution.

At least two dozen vehicles were damaged by stone-throwing activists, police said, and 46 people were detained in the capital Kathmandu, where children played football on normally traffic-choked streets.

May 16, 2012

Nepal “blind” eatery lights way for visually impaired

KATHMANDU, May 16 (Reuters) – A line of diners, holding on
to the shoulders of the person in front of them, enters the
pitch dark hall at Nepal’s first blind restaurant, which treats
guests to food they can smell, touch and taste but not see.

The 16-seat dining room has been heavily curtained from
ceiling to floor in black, and the guests grope their way to the
table, guided deftly by the waiters — all of whom are visually
impaired.

May 15, 2012

Politicians break constitution deadlock in unstable Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal is set to finalise its new constitution by a May 27 deadline, political parties said on Tuesday, in a breakthrough that could help end instability dogging the volatile Himalayan republic dependent on aid and tourism.

But some analysts suggested that key issues, like the boundaries between newly-created states, would remain unsolved and could be a source of further upheaval.

May 14, 2012

Nepal plane crash kills 15, including 13 Indians

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane owned by a private company crashed in northwest Nepal on Monday, killing 15 people including 13 Indians, officials said.

The Dornier aircraft owned by private Agni Air company was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom when it crashed while landing at the mountain airstrip.

May 10, 2012

U.S. climber eyes rare Everest dual ascent

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A 70-year-old climber who became the oldest American to scale Mount Everest three years ago, is heading to the mountain again at the weekend hoping to climb the world’s tallest peak that straddles the Nepal-Tibet border from both sides.

Bill Burke, a native of Costa Mesa, California, said he would first try and climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) mountain from its northern side in Tibet. He will then climb from Nepal taking the same route as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.

May 6, 2012

Nepal sets up unity cabinet to agree constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s prime minister formed a coalition government on Sunday that includes members of the main opposition party with the hope of introducing a constitution and ending political turmoil in the impoverished Himalayan country.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, a former Maoist rebel leader, resigned on Thursday after a deal with opposition parties pressing for a unity government before they agree on the new constitution.

May 4, 2012

Nepal PM to set up unity government after cabinet quits

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s prime minister worked on Friday to form a coalition government that will include the main opposition parties after his cabinet quit as part of a negotiated effort to quell political tumult in the desperately poor Himalayan state.

Nepal, wedged between its giant neighbours China and India, has been plagued by instability for years even though a Maoist insurgency ended in 2006 and the monarchy was abolished, as the rebels had demanded, two years later.

May 3, 2012

Rescued U.S. climber won’t re-join Everest team

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A U.S. climber helicoptered off Mount Everest over fears of altitude sickness said on Thursday he will not be allowed to rejoin his team’s effort to scale the world’s highest peak.

Cory Richards, 30, who was part of a nine-member U.S. expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak, was airlifted from the mountain to Kathmandu at the weekend after he suffered breathing problems while climbing at an altitude of about 7,000 meters (23,000 feet).