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Nepal has cleared more than 300 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest after they had to abandon last year's efforts when an ice avalanche killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster, an official said Friday.

The death toll from Cyclone Pam which devastated Vanuatu rose to 13 Friday, the U.N. said, as concerns mount about supplies of fresh water across the ravaged Pacific nation.

A court in southern Nepal has sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, officials said Wednesday, in a case that sparked outrage in the Himalayan nation.

Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu's outer islands after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation's landscape.
Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu's cyclone-stricken islands


A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labor by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult'


Vanuatu's president pleaded with the world Monday to help the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation rebuild its "completely destroyed" infrastructure as aid agencies warned conditions were among the most challenging they have faced with fears of disease rife.

Relief supplies began arriving in cyclone-devastated Vanuatu Sunday as the Pacific nation declared a state of emergency amid reports entire villages were "blown away" when a monster storm swept through.

For weeks, Bangladeshi farmer Dibakar Ghosh has been pouring his milk into the river, unable to get it to buyers because of a months-long transport blockade that has crippled the impoverished nation.

Patrolling over the China-Myanmar border has been increased by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force after a Myanmar warplane dropped a bomb in southwest Yunnan province and killed four Chinese, a military spokesman said Saturday.

Rescuers were frantically searching for survivors Saturday after an overloaded ferry sank in rough waters off the coast of western Myanmar killing more than 30 people and leaving at least a dozen more missing.
33 dead, scores missing after Myanmar ferry sinks


Google launched a virtual tour of Nepal's Everest region on Thursday, allowing armchair tourists a rare glimpse of life in one of the toughest and most inaccessible places on earth.

Anxious families of scores of arrested Myanmar activists Wednesday sought news of relatives detained by police in a violent student protest crackdown, which sparked international condemnation and fears of a return to junta-era repression.
Concerns for detained after Myanmar crackdown


Scores of Myanmar protesters were arrested when baton-wielding police dispersed a student rally Tuesday, as the second crackdown in days deepens fears that authorities are returning to the repressive reflexes of the junta era.

Police chased down student protesters and dragged them onto trucks Friday in Myanmar's third such crackdown on public demonstrations in as many days, drawing criticism from the United States.
Myanmar police slam students in 3rd protest crackdown

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