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Nepal to Ethiopia: A Study in Corrupted Adoption

As an international adoptive parent, determined not to cut corners or resort to bribery, Victoria was forced by a rapidly corrupting system to fight tooth and nail for her little girl.

Ex-Maoist rebel sworn in as Nepal's new PM

The deputy leader of Nepal's former Maoist rebels took the oath of office Monday as the new prime minister and began forming a government that will attempt to complete the country's contentious and long-delayed peace process.

At least 20 missing after Nepal boat capsizes

At least 20 people are missing after an overcrowded boat they were travelling in capsized in a rain-swollen river in southern Nepal.

Hundreds rally in Nepal for sexual rights

Hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender people marched with supporters in a southern Nepal town today to demand equal rights under a new constitution the country is in the process of writing.

Nepalese chant star gives refuge to nun shunned after gang rape

A Buddhist nun facing ostracism from her religious community in Nepal after she was allegedly gang-raped, has finally been offered sanctuary by an internationally renowned colleague.

What went wrong for Joanna and the Gurkhas?

Joanna Lumley helped make the plight of former Gurkha soldiers a national debate. But two years on from securing their right to settle in Britain, some claim her involvement has caused as many problems as it has solved.

Nepal arrests man linked to Mumbai blasts

Nepal's official media say police have arrested a man suspected of links to the triple bomb blasts in Mumbai this month that killed 20 people.

High drama in Nepal over Everest's true scale

A government team wants to get on top of the decades-old dispute about how tall their peak really is

Man sees best friend's frozen body on Everest

A British mountain climber tackling Everest came across the body of his best friend frozen in the ice months after he died having reached the summit.

Nepal: High and mighty in the Himalayas

In Nepal even the foothills are big, as <b>Jeremy Laurance</b> discovers on a trek through the stunning landscapes of the Langtang valley

Hindu rites for lesbian wedding

A lawyer and a university professor from the United States celebrated Nepal's first public lesbian wedding ceremony yesterday, after the Himalayan nation began recognising gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination.

Profit, not care: The ugly side of overseas adoptions

Lax regulation and an endless demand by childless couples in the West has created an often exploitative market in babies born in the developing world

'Oldest climber' dies in Everest attempt

A former Nepalese foreign minister has died on the slopes of Mount Everest while attempting to become the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain.

Lt Tul Bahadur Pun VC: Rifleman decorated for his bravery in Burma

The Victoria Cross won by the young Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun was awarded for his outstanding courage and superb gallantry in the face of extraordinary odds.

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