Nepalese bloom with new anthem

NEPAL launched a new national anthem yesterday, replacing one praising the country's unpopular monarch.

Nepali women rush for Gurkha training

MORE than 1,500 Nepali women have signed up with private firms to train for a possible career with the British Army after it allowed them to join the Brigade of Gurkhas for the first time in nearly two centuries.

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Rebels to let UN check captives

NEPAL'S former rebels have agreed to allow UN arms monitors to resume the disbanding of thousands of fighters confined in camps as part of a peace agreement, a senior government minister said today.

Nepal rebels join the government

NEPAL'S former Maoist guerrillas joined an interim government yesterday under a peace deal that takes them into the political mainstream after a decade-long conflict.

Royal massacre woman weds

A NEPALESE woman believed to have unwittingly sparked the Katmandu palace massacre in 2001 has got married in New Delhi.

Thirty bodies found in mine blast horror

Colombia: Crews battling toxic gases recovered 30 bodies from a makeshift coal mine following an explosion that killed 32 miners.

An end to civil war as Maoists enter Nepal parliament

NEPALI Maoists took their seats in the interim parliament yesterday, in what the prime minister called the start of a "new Nepal" on the path of reconciliation after a decade of civil war.

Ex-rebels ready to become MPs

FORMER rebels in Nepal were set to join the country's interim parliament today in the Maoist communists' first step toward entering mainstream politics after agreeing to end their decade-long insurgency.

Nepal wildlife park 'loses' 49 rhinos

A TOTAL of 49 out of 72 endangered Indian rhinos introduced into a nature reserve in Nepal have mysteriously gone missing. "We have records showing 23 rhinos died due to poaching or other causes. The rest are missing," said a park official.

Rebels agree key step in move to end Nepal bloodshed

NEPAL'S ruling alliance and Maoist rebels yesterday approved the draft of an interim constitution - a key step to implement its landmark peace deal, ending a conflict which has killed thousands.

Nepalese government and rebels sign peace accord

PEACE returned to Nepal after the government and rebels signed a landmark peace accord but both sides accepted today there are several challenges that need to be tackled.

Tibetan sets himself alight in Hu protest

A TIBETAN protestor set himself on fire today outside visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao's hotel.

Deal to end civil war in Nepal

NEPAL'S government and Maoist rebels declared a formal end to a decade-old civil war yesterday in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people.

Nepal's king blamed for protester deaths

AN OFFICIAL investigation has blamed Nepal's isolated King Gyanendra for the shooting and killing of pro-democracy protesters earlier this year and said he should be punished.

Formal Nepal peace accord possible

NEPAL'S rebel leader Prachanda said yesterday that his party would sign a formal peace accord with the government this week that will end a decade-long violent insurgency in the tiny Himalayan nation.

Nepal to probe ritual worship of virgin girl

NEPAL'S supreme court has ordered the government to investigate possible children's rights violations in a local tradition of worshipping a virgin girl as a living goddess.

Former city student dies in Nepal copter crash

A FORMER Edinburgh University student has reportedly been killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal.

24 confirmed dead in WWF helicopter crash

ALL 24 people on a helicopter chartered by conservation group WWF in Nepal were killed when the aircraft crashed in bad weather two days ago, officials said yesterday.

24 aboard helicopter go missing

A HELICOPTER carrying 24 people, including two UK-based conservationists, went missing last night in Nepal's mountainous east.

Protesters rally against killing

HUNDREDS of protesters gathered in Nepal's capital Katmandu today, burning tyres and chanting slogans as they demanded that the government take action against a policeman who shot dead a 19-year-old man.

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