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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.

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In the mountains of Nepal, our charity is helping farmers

Nepal's deposed prince arrested over shooting

The former Crown Prince of Nepal – the cousin of the man who killed nine members of the country's royal family in a palace gun rampage in 2001 – was arrested yesterday after firing a gun during an argument in a restaurant.

Saving forests with rhododendron juice

Climate change is being felt in the forests of Nepal. Erratic rainfall, melting glaciers, flash floods and landslides, droughts, forest fires and dried-up springs are leading to reduced crop production, loss of land, increased pests and disease and food scarcity.

Leading article: Faint hope for a benighted land

It is unfortunately not unusual for an election to be held in adverse circumstances; recent votes in Iraq and Afghanistan come to mind.

Peacekeepers 'brought cholera to Haiti'

United Nations reluctantly agrees to investigate convincing claims Nepalese troops imported disease

Cholera may have arrived on island 'years ago' from Asia

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Haitian protester killed by UN in cholera riot

Nepalese peacekeepers deny they are to blame for the epidemic, which threatens to afflict up to 200,000 people

Can't talk now...I'm on Everest

3G service is now available on the world's most-famous peak, including video calling

Sherpa who scaled Everest 19 times feared dead on climb

Chhewang Nima hit by avalanche near summit of Baruntse in Himalayas

Nepal: Shortest boy grows into a man

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is a little man facing a big day. Today – his 18th birthday – assuming his height is confirmed at 25.8 inches (just under 66cm), he will officially be named the world's shortest man.

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Briton among 14 killed in Nepal plane crash

A Briton was among 14 people killed today when a small passenger plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal.

Briton killed in Nepalese plane crash

A Briton was among those who died in a plane crash in Nepal today, the Foreign Office (FO) said.

Gay couple married by Hindu priest in Nepal

A Hindu priest performed the first wedding ceremony in Nepal for a foreign gay couple, a rights group said yesterday, as activists and tourist agencies increasingly promote the Himalayan nation as a gay-friendly destination.

Gurkha shot as he built sentry post

A gurkha was shot dead in southern Afghanistan as he was building a new sentry post.

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