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Leading Article: Nepal must not be allowed to slide into tyranny

IT IS a long time since the days of the Hippy Trail when Nepal, high in the Himalayas, represented the destination nearest to heaven. For the last nine years, a Maoist insurgency has been tearing the world's last Hindu kingdom apart. More than 10,000 people have died. A palace bloodbath in 2001 wiped out most members of the royal family and plunged the country into political upheaval. After this week's decision by King Gyanendra to impose a state of emergency, detain hundreds of political opponents and arrest the Prime Minister, Nepal looks more than ever like a failed state.

Attenborough calls for Himalayas to get UN protection

Environmentalists are calling on the United Nations to give the Himalayan mountains special protection status in order to monitor the impact of global warming, which has caused glaciers to melt and increased the risk of lakes flooding the area.

Frozen bodies spotted by Himalayan guide may be trekkers who vanished in 1982

An Indian search party has set off to find the body of a Swedish woman thought to have died trekking in the Himalayas - 22 years after she disappeared.

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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