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Nepal Wants to Keep Old, Young, Disabled Off Everest

And ensure qualified mountaineers are able to climb such tall peaks

(Newser) - Mount Everest finally reopened last month after the deadly April earthquake , but Nepal wants to limit who is allowed to climb the peak. Officials there say they want a ban that would keep the very young, elderly, disabled, and inexperienced off the world's tallest mountain for safety and to... More »

Climber Who Lost 9 Fingers Abandons Everest

Nobukazu Kuriki is first to attempt the climb since Nepal's massive earthquake

(Newser) - For a fifth time in six years, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki is turning back from his summit bid on Mount Everest—this time hindered by heavy autumn snows and the profound challenge of making the bid with only his right thumb. Kuriki, 33, lost nine fingers to frostbite on the... More »

US Volunteer Murdered in Nepal

Cops say killer met her through

(Newser) - A young American art teacher helping earthquake volunteers was brutally murdered by her host, police in Nepal say. Dahlia Yehia, said to be either 25 or 27, was reported missing more than a month ago after she failed to contact family and friends and police say that a local teacher... More »

After Deadly Avalanche, Everest Finally Reopens

Japanese climber is set to go up

(Newser) - Nepal has opened Mount Everest to climbers for the first time since an earthquake-triggered avalanche in April killed 19 mountaineers and ended the popular spring climbing season. Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki will be the first to attempt to scale the world's highest peak since the quake. Nepal's tourism... More »

Nepal's New Passport Gender Option: O

M and F are no longer the only choices

(Newser) - For a brief moment at least, Monica Shahi has a passport unlike anyone else's in all of Nepal: one that lists Shahi's gender as "O." Shahi today became the country's first citizen to receive a passport that doesn't designate Shahi's sex as male... More »

Temple Ends Centuries-Old Mass Slaughter of Animals

Hundreds of thousands were killed at festival every 5 years

(Newser) - The killing of Cecil the lion made this a depressing week for animal-rights supporters. Here's a counter-punch: A Hindu temple in Nepal has ended a centuries-old mass slaughter of animals that takes place every five years, reports the Wall Street Journal . Twice a decade for nearly 250 years, pilgrims... More »

Gupta Misled CNN Viewers in Report: Nonprofit

Group says claims he saved 8-year-old's life after Nepal quake aren't accurate

(Newser) - He didn't use the word "conflate," but Sanjay Gupta used many other words to try and clarify why a report he filed from Nepal after the April earthquake there was apparently filled with inaccuracies, the Guardian reports. The Global Press Institute, a journalist-training nonprofit, reports not only... More »

Mount Everest Moved —One Whole Inch

Nepal's deadly April earthquake shook the mountain hard

(Newser) - Rest easy, geological watchdogs: Reports that Mount Everest may have shrunk almost a whole inch after April's devastating earthquake in Nepal are unfounded, Chinese officials say. But those same officials note that data culled from a satellite monitoring system shows the deadly quake that killed more than 8,000... More »

Nepal: Missing US Helicopter, 3 Bodies Found

No chance of any survivors, officials say

(Newser) - An American helicopter that disappeared while providing aid to earthquake victims in Nepal this week has been found crashed on a mountainside, the Nepalese military says. Officials say three bodies have been found near the wreckage of the helicopter, which was carrying six US Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, the... More »

US Helicopter Missing in Nepal

Marine chopper was providing earthquake relief

(Newser) - A US military helicopter providing humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Nepal has gone missing, reports CNN . The Pentagon is providing the barest of details for now, saying only that the chopper with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 went missing near Charikot, which was one of the hardest-hit... More »

2nd Big Quake Hits Nepal

7.3 quake was centered near Chinese border

(Newser) - What was predicted has come to pass : A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal today, killing at least 36 people and injuring another 1,117, triggering landslides, and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by its worst quake in decades . Information was... More »

How NASA Saved 4 Nepal Victims

FINDER technology tracked heartbeats under feet of rubble

(Newser) - NASA's latest out-of-this-world feat happened on planet Earth: Thanks to the space agency's technology, four men trapped for days after the Nepal earthquake were rescued. The village of Chautara received two prototype FINDER devices four days after the disaster struck, Gizmodo reports. The development of the handheld gadgets—... More »

Nepal Won't Close Everest; Sherpas, Firms Won't Go Up

Country desperate to keep its main tourism stream flowing

(Newser) - Just a week or so after Nepal's deadly avalanche and earthquake that killed at least 7,250 people , a debate is growing between those who want the mountain to remain open for climbers and those who think it's not worth the risk. A Nepal government spokesman, cognizant of... More »

A Week Later, Nepal Rescues 101-Year-Old

Funchu Tamang pulled from rubble of his home, has only minor injuries

(Newser) - Living to age 101 is a miracle most people don't see, but living to 101 and then surviving a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has now claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people is the miracle that is Funchu Tamang, who Sky News reports was plucked from... More »

How Nepal's Quake Hurts Sherpas

Everest guides will lose chunk of wages

(Newser) - Yet another casualty of Nepal's disastrous earthquake: lost wages for Sherpas. The locals who help hundreds scale Mount Everest each year will lose out on some of the $5,000 to $7,000 plus tips they typically earn from March to June since "Everest is basically closed,"... More »

Everest Is a Little Smaller Now

Earthquake shrank it by about an inch, while Kathmandu area rose 3 feet

(Newser) - Future climbers won't notice, but Mount Everest is a tiny bit shorter because of the earthquake in Nepal. Radar images show that it shrank about an inch, reports the Weather Channel . The change may have been greater had the world's tallest peak been directly above the fault line,... More »

Nepal Pulls 2nd Miracle Survivor From Rubble

Women rescued just blocks from teenage boy earlier today

(Newser) - A second burst of joy for Nepal as a woman was pulled from the rubble of a Kathmandu hotel that collapsed on Saturday. "She was injured but she was conscious and talking," a Nepal army major tells AFP . "It is as though she had been born again.... More »

Nepal Miracle: Singing, Dazed Teen Rescued After 5 Days

Man, 18, was dehydrated but otherwise uninjured

(Newser) - Finally, a glimmer of good news is emerging from the grim in Nepal as the quake's death toll tops 5,500, USA Today reports. Jubilant rescuers pulled an 18-year-old man from the remains of a Kathmandu building today, five days after it collapsed around him, the AP reports. While... More »

Man Pulled From Nepal Rubble Drank Urine to Survive

Aid finally reaching hardest-hit areas

(Newser) - These are desperate times in Nepal, where officials say the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has now passed 5,000, but stories of hope are still emerging from the devastation. In Kathmandu, a French rescue team helped pull a survivor from the ruins of a building yesterday after he... More »

White House Offers Quake Sympathy, but Not to Tibet

Press secretary mentions only Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - The Nepal earthquake also caused deaths in other countries, including dozens in Tibet—but Tibet didn't get the White House's condolences yesterday. During a press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted that the US government offered its "deepest condolences to … the families of those who died... More »

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