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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).

May 2, 2012

Nepal’s “magic” surgeon brings light back to poor

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Dressed in his hospital scrubs, Sanduk Ruit looks into the eyes of a patient through a microscope hanging over an operating table.

He makes two tiny holes in one eye, takes out a jelly-like mass of natural lens and replaces it with an artificial one that fits snugly into the patient’s eye, all in about five minutes, deftly moving his fingers clad in thin white gloves.

Apr 24, 2012

Two sons follow fathers’ footsteps to conquer Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The sons of two members of the first U.S. team to scale Mount Everest are hoping to climb the world’s highest mountain, replicating their fathers’ feat nearly half a century after the historic first U.S. ascent.

Leif Whittaker is the son of Jim Whittaker, who climbed the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Everest in 1963 and was the first U.S. climber to set foot on the summit. Leif will take the same standard Southeast Ridge route used by his father.

Apr 20, 2012

Everest climbers in test for keys to heart treatment

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A team of U.S. scientists departed on Friday to conduct research on Mount Everest climbers in an effort to further knowledge of the cardiovascular system at extreme altitudes and help improve treatment for heart and lung patients.

Bruce Johnson, a consultant on cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and leader of the group, said the study subjects will be a U.S. team that plans to replicate the first 1963 ascent of the mountain by a U.S. team.

Apr 17, 2012

Faith motivates tongue piercing in Nepal village

BODE, Nepal (Reuters) – Pressing his palms together, Jujubhai Basan Shrestha raises his hands, acknowledging greetings from the cheering crowd of devotees and onlookers.

Sporting a white turban, the 31-year-old sits on a chair as a man inserts a 13 inch metal skewer through his tongue in a centuries-old ritual in this poor settlement, 12 km (8 miles) east of Kathmandu.