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  • Nepal’s sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

  • KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a “non-male, non-female” category. But same-sex couples such as Niraj Sunwar and Aashik Lama say progress has...
  • Climbing Great Heights for Honey

  • Twice a year, about 80 miles outside Kathmandu, Nepal, villagers from Bhujung embark on a centuries-old quest. Enduring bee stings and hanging from handmade rope ladders, Madan Singh Gurung and his fellow honey hunters defy death to gather precious liquid gold. It’s a tradition that links past and present—one Madan feels has been his destiny since birth.
  • Authorities ban single-use plastics from Mount Everest

  • There’s no great future in plastics — at least atop Mount Everest, Nepalese authorities said Thursday. Soft drink bottles and other single-use plastics less than 0.03 millimeters thick won’t be allowed to accompany thrill-seekers on the world’s tallest mountain and other peaks in the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality beginning in January, AFP reports. “If we...
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