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There is strong evidence that the overall gender ratio is significantly different from the background ratio in the case of UK parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Get me out of here - Madrid, Nepal, Norway

Now... Throughout April, Kirker Holidays is offering three nights in Madrid for £549 per person. The deal includes B&B accommodation at the Vincci Centrum Hotel, tickets to the Thyssen and Prado museums, transfers and BA flights from Heathrow. Kirkerholidays.com

Nepalese woman mountaineer recognised for climbing Everest twice in same season

A Nepalese woman mountaineer has been recognised by Guinness World Records for climbing Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season.

Nepalese peacekeepers who arrived in 2010 are widely believed to have brought the disease to Haiti

Haitians rage as UN rejects payout for cholera victims

Survivors of epidemic, which has killed 8,000 people, condemn ‘immoral’ decision to claim immunity

Sussex man appears in court over Nepal torture claims

A Nepalese army officer appeared in court today charged with two counts of torture.

Nepalese colonel charged with torture

A serving colonel in the Nepalese army has been charged with two offences of torture after being arrested in the UK.

Brigitte Bardot threatens France exile over elephant slaughter

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

Man arrested in Sussex over Nepal civil war torture claims

A former colonel in the Nepalese army has been arrested by Scotland Yard anti-terrorist officers over claims that he tortured a suspected Maoist during the country’s long-running civil war.

PHOTOS: Children's bedrooms around the world

The premise of James Mollison's photo book Where Children Sleep was a simple one: Not every child around the world has their own bedroom - or even close.

13 killed in Nepal mountain bus plunge

A bus has veered off a mountain road and plunged into a river in western Nepal, killing at least 13 people and leaving 19 others critically injured.

Nepalese army hunts elephant that killed four

Soldiers in Nepal are hunting a wild elephant that is terrorising villagers in the south of the country and has killed four people in the past three months.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Expendables 2 (15) Simon West (102mins)

"I need a weapon, something big," drones Arnold Schwarzenegger, his eyes squinting like someone's misplaced his dumbbells.

Indian wives want to sell their kidneys to free husbands from prison in the Gulf

A group of Indian women have asked for permission to sell their kidneys to raise money to free their husbands from prison in the Gulf.

Greg Davies: The Back of My Mum's Head, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Leaving the stage, Greg Davies describes his show tonight as one of the high points of his career.

Dead Gurkhas are named

Two British soldiers shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform were named last night as Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Four people killed in Nepal landslide

Four people have been killed in a landslide which swept several vehicles off a mountain highway in Nepal. Nine other people are said to be missing.

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