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World's Biggest Animal Slaughter Has Begun

In 2009, an estimated 300K animals were killed over 2 days

(Newser) - The world's biggest animal slaughter is once again under way. The Guardian and Al Jazeera report on the weeks-long festival, which takes place every five years in the Nepalese village of Bariyapur. The killing takes place over just two days, in this case, Friday and Saturday: Hindus armed with... More »

Man Sacrificed Life to Save 20 in Himalayan Blizzard

Hikers say porter Pasang Tamang gave them 'second lease [on] life'

(Newser) - An amazing tale of sacrifice out of the Nepal blizzard that claimed at least 29 lives in the Himalayas: A group of Israeli trekkers who were rescued on the Annapurna Circuit tell the Himalayan Times that porter Pasang Tamang saved their lives, and the lives of many others, by directing... More »

27 Now Dead After Blizzard in Nepal; Dozens Missing

Small tea shop provided refuge for survivors

(Newser) - Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies today in the wake of a series of blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas in central Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead. About 70 people were still missing along or near the popular Annapurna trail,... More »

20 Climbers Dead, Dozens Missing in Himalayas Storm

Blizzard, avalanches trap scores of hikers on mountains

(Newser) - Another catastrophe in the Himalayas, where a sudden blizzard and a series of avalanches have killed more than 20 climbers and left dozens more missing, reports the BBC . About half the victims so far are foreigners, though no Americans are among them. The death toll in Nepal has already surpassed... More »

British Woman Dies During Everest Trek

She had breathing difficulties on way back from base camp

(Newser) - After the worst-ever Mount Everest disaster killed 16 Sherpa guides earlier this year, climbing season was cut short—but even getting to base camp can be deadly. A 49-year-old British woman who was trekking in the region died in her hotel room after returning from the camp, which is 17,... More »

Report: 130 Chinese Firms Export Torture Gear

Amnesty International identifies 'intrinsically cruel' equipment

(Newser) - Chinese firms are widely and in many cases "openly" distributing devices that can readily be used for torture, Amnesty International says in a new report. The number of companies involved has surged from 28 to more than 130 in the past decade, the activist organization notes, and most of... More »

159 Feared Dead in Nepal Landslide

Many still buried under rubble after village destroyed

(Newser) - Rescuers recovered nine more bodies today from a massive weekend landslide in northern Nepal, raising the official death toll in the disaster to 19, but say there is no chance of finding alive any of the more than 150 people believed still buried under the rubble. The landslide crushed dozens... More »

Thousands on Risky Hunt for Nepal's 'Viagra'

Harvesting of Yarsagumba could also damage ecosystem

(Newser) - It's June in Nepal, so tens of thousands of people are scouring the nation's remote highlands for so-called "Himalayan Viagra"—a fungus said to boost libidos and ease health woes. But harvesting is a risky job that doesn't pay much compared to the fungus' value... More »

Climber Falls 70 Feet Into Crevasse, Survives

John All was on Nepal's Mount Himlung

(Newser) - An American climber had written himself off for dead after he fell some 70 feet into a mountain crevasse in Nepal on Monday—and yet he managed to survive. John All tells the AP it took him six hours to crawl out of the hole using an ice axe and... More »

Sherpas' Concerns Prompt Climbers to Abandon Everest

Base camp 'increasingly tense'

(Newser) - The future of the climbing season on Mount Everest remains in doubt, and many mountaineers have decided to call it quits. After a deadly avalanche and conflict over relief funds, many sherpas have said they'll halt climbing for the season. That left hundreds of other climbers at base camp,... More »

Nepal Plans Sherpa Fund After Deadly Avalanche

After initially offering $413 to each family

(Newser) - After an Everest avalanche killed a reported 16 Sherpas, Nepal officials are coming around to the idea of coughing up some cash. Following two days of meetings with Sherpa representatives, the government says it will establish a relief fund for Sherpas wounded or killed in mountaineering accidents, the New York ... More »

Meet World's New 'Poorest' Leader

Nepal's Sushil Koirala is a pretty frugal guy

(Newser) - Nepal elected a new prime minister last month, and the Washington Post takes a look at the man it dubs the world's new poorest leader. Sushil Koirala claims to have three possessions, all of them are inexplicably cell phones and one of which doesn't function. And though he'... More »

Nepal May Ban Solo Everest Climbers

All climbers might need local guide

(Newser) - Nepal, in a bid to boost local employment and prevent incidents like last year's nasty Sherpa-climber clash , is thinking about requiring climbers going up Everest or other peaks higher than 26,000 feet to bring local guides with them. "We want to ensure the safety of climbers and... More »

'Zero Tolerance' Nepal Hits Huge Anti-Poaching Milestone

Elephants, tigers, rhinos avoid tragic fate for a full year

(Newser) - Poachers recently killed four rhinoceroses within a week in Kenya; last year, that number was 1,004 in South Africa. But in Nepal, not one was poached in the yearlong span that ended in February—nor were any tigers or elephants, the World Wildlife Fund reports. The country celebrated its... More »

Everest to Climbers: Bring Back 18 Lbs. of Trash

Nepal 'will not compromise' on new rule

(Newser) - On your next trip to Mount Everest, you'll have to bring back a not-so-scenic souvenir: at least 18 pounds of trash. That's according to new rules from the Nepalese government, which is getting sick of junk—to the tune of some 50 tons over six decades—getting left... More »

Coming to Everest: Police

Government security team will be installed at base camp this spring

(Newser) - Come spring, Everest's base camp will be home to a security team designed to prevent brawls like this one . It will be made up of three officers each from Nepal's army, police, and armed police force, assisted by tourism officials, the BBC has learned. The idea of a... More »

Nepal's Retired Goddesses to Get Pensions

Girls lose their exalted status at puberty

(Newser) - It can be tough making the transition from living goddess to mere mortal, so the Nepalese government is here to help. The nation's retired Kumaris will soon get the equivalent of about $160 a month, reports the Economic Times . Kumaris, for the uninitiated, are young girls chosen to be... More »

Buddha's Birthday Wrong by 200 Years: Experts

Archaeologists date timber shrine to the 6th century BC

(Newser) - Buddha may have achieved enlightenment two centuries earlier than experts believe—if an ancient timber shrine can be taken at face value, AFP reports. A team of archaeologists, digging under the temple considered to be Buddha's birthplace, discovered a wooden shrine that dates to the 6th century BC. Problem... More »

Number of Slaves on the Planet: 30M

Victims in 162 countries; half are in India

(Newser) - Slavery continues to afflict almost 30 million people across the planet—in every one of 162 countries surveyed in a new report. India is home to 13.9 million slaves, by far the largest number; relative to population, however, Mauritania has the highest rate, with 4% of the population enslaved... More »

Nepal Cracking Down on Bizarre Everest Attempts

Nepalese officials will be installed at base camp beginning spring 2014

(Newser) - Beginning next spring, climbers hoping to scale Everest will encounter a new group at base camp: government babysitters. Nepal will install a government team at the camp to watch over expedition teams; the move follows that infamous Sherpa-climber brawl earlier this year, the BBC reports. Those at the new post... More »

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