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Feb 17, 2014

Nepal plane crash in bad weather killed all 18 on board

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – All 18 people aboard a small plane that crashed in bad weather in Nepal were killed, an army spokesman said on Monday, after searchers battled heavy rain and harsh winds to reach the rugged site the day after the event.

The crash highlights the poor safety record of Nepal, where more than a dozen airlines fly to nearly 50 airports, many in remote hills and mountains shrouded in cloud and cut off from roads.

Feb 16, 2014

Plane with 18 people on board missing in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation company went missing with 18 people aboard in bad weather in west Nepal on Sunday, officials said, highlighting air safety concerns in the mountainous nation.

The Canada-made Twin Otter aircraft was carrying 15 passengers, including an infant, and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jumla in the far west of Nepal.

Feb 14, 2014

Nepal to reduce fees to climb Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will cut climbing fees for Mount Everest to lure more mountaineers to the world’s highest peak, already overcrowded during the peak climbing season.

Hundreds of foreign climbers, each paying thousands of dollars, flock to the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season stretching from March to May.

Feb 10, 2014

Nepal picks Koirala as new PM, but challenges remain

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s parliament picked a social democrat as its new prime minister on Monday after a last-minute power-sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted since an election two months ago.

Sushil Koirala, the head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, was elected with support from the communist UML party, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament.

Jan 3, 2014

Nepal court says no amnesty for serious war-time abusers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the government it must ensure serious human rights violators are not given amnesties by a truth and reconciliation commission which will investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war.

Human rights workers and victims’ groups had feared that the government’s plan for a reconciliation commission could mean pardons for serious violators of human rights.

Dec 24, 2013

Amid Nepal’s chaos, royalists spy chance for a comeback

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Nepal’s royal family looked consigned to the history books.

A palace massacre by an unhinged crown prince in 2001, in which the king and eight members of his family were killed, was followed seven years later by the abolition of the monarchy by a Maoist-dominated special legislative assembly.

Nov 28, 2013

Victorious Nepali Congress party tries to woo Maoists for stability

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s oldest political party has emerged as the biggest group after an election last week, a final count showed on Thursday, and the party is now trying to woo Maoist former rebels to join a national unity government in the volatile mountain nation.

The result leaves an uncertain future for the Maoists, who fought a ten-year civil war that contributed to the downfall of Nepal’s monarchy. Since laying down arms they have been key players in the establishment of the new republic.

Nov 26, 2013

Nepal’s Maoists demand election investigation, but soften rhetoric

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist former rebels, trailing in last week’s election, have called for an independent investigation into complaints of vote fraud, but they also signaled willingness to compromise to end political deadlock in the Himalayan nation.

The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war before joining the political mainstream in 2006, alleged last week that the elections were rigged, saying ballot boxes had been hidden, stuffed or swapped.

Nov 21, 2013

Nepal election in shambles as Maoists claim fraud, reject result

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s powerful Maoist leader and former guerrilla chief Prachanda said on Thursday he did not accept the results of an election his party appeared to be losing, throwing the Himalayan nation into a fresh political crisis.

Nepal has languished in political deadlock since the Maoists laid down arms seven years ago, with six governments failing to forge a constitution for the new republic that emerged after a decade-long civil war.

Nov 21, 2013

Nepal Maoists trail in election, demand vote count suspension

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – - Nepal’s powerful Maoists, trailing in this week’s election, called for an end to vote counting on Thursday, risking further political instability in the small Himalayan nation.

The ballot will elect an assembly, which will act as parliament, and draft a constitution aimed at ending years of instability which has seen five governments in as many years.