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Pachyderm Pageant Closes Out Nepal Elephant Festival

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The world has a new reigning beauty queen. Event organizers in Nepal declared 12-year-old “Beauty Kali” the winner of the beauty pageant at the eighth annual International Elephant Festival. “Beauty Kali” was the first runner up in last year’s competition. But her handlers spent hours drawing intricate designs on “Beauty Kali” and even painted her […]

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Nationwide Strike Paralyses Nepal

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A national strike in Nepal over the death in prison of an opposition leader has brought life in much of the country to a standstill. Schools, colleges, and businesses were closed and roads were deserted Monday as supporters of the country’s main opposition party, the Nepali Congress, gathered in city streets to enforce the general […]

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Nepal Extends Parliament’s Term Again

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Nepal has extended parliament’s term for a fourth time in order to draft a new constitution for the new republic. Speaker Subash Nemwang said Tuesday that 505 out of 508 lawmakers voted to extend the Constituent Assembly’s term by another six months. The Constituent Assembly was formed in 2008, after Nepal’s monarch was abolished. The […]

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New Life Begins for Nepal’s Ex-Rebels

Posted November 19th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Government monitors in Nepal began interviewing former Maoist rebels Saturday to determine who will join the national army and who will receive financial aid to start new lives. The historic transition follows a breakthrough peace deal signed earlier this month by the Maoists and three other political parties. The move is expected to bolster the […]

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Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Nepal

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, Thursday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese policy in Tibet. Police say the man was dressed in monk’s clothing and was wrapped in a Tibetan flag. He chanted “long, live Tibet,” before setting himself on fire. Police say the man’s […]

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Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Nepal

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Thursday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese policy in Tibet. Police say the man was dressed in monk’s clothing and had a Tibetan flag wrapped around himself. He chanted “long, live Tibet,” before setting himself on fire. Police say […]

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Hundreds of Tourists Stranded in Everest Region

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Nepalese officials say heavy fog has prevented flights in and out of the Mount Everest region, stranding more than 1,200 tourists for several days. The Associated Press reports stranded tourists have pitched tents in and around Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. The French news agency says local hotels are booked to capacity and are running out […]

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Nepal Parties Agree on Deal for Former Rebels

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement by Nepal’s rival political factions on resolving the issue of integrating thousands of former Maoist fighters into the national army. In a statement through his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged the country’s political leaders to sustain the spirit of cooperation and quickly carry out their commitments. […]

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Nepal Parties Agree on Deal for Former Rebels

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s main political parties have agreed to a deal that integrates thousands of former Maoist fighters into the country’s army. The move is expected to booster the country’s peace process some five years after the end of the civil war. Under the agreement some 6,500 of the 19,000 former Maoist rebels, who have been living […]

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Nepal Parties Agree to Resume Peace Process

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The leaders of Nepal’s main political parties have agreed to finish a five-year peace process that ended a decade-long Maoist insurgency. The officials met at Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s residence in Kathmandu. Under the agreement, 6,500 of the 19,000 former Maoist rebels who have been living in camps since the end of the conflict in […]

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