Nepal is a staging ground for China and India's military dominance of South Asia. So what role can Nepal play as it is stuck between a rock and a hard place?
They are aspiring ultra-marathon runners, hoping the sport will put their remote village on the map and provide the funds needed to rebuild homes destroyed by 2015 earthquake.
The vote marks Nepal's transition from a monarchy to a federal democracy, after emerging from a brutal decade of civil war only to stagger through political turmoil and natural disaster.
Voting begins in phase one of the first parliamentary election since 1990. Second phase of the vote will be held on December 7.
An expedition would be made next year to find whether the massive 2015 earthquake altered the height of the world's highest peak.
Nepal has previously attempted to ban women from working as maids in private homes in the Gulf over allegations that they are treated poorly.
Ten climbers have died on Mount Everest, including one on the Chinese side, during this climbing season, which ends in May.
Three climbers died on Sunday as bad weather and high winds continue to hamper attempts to scale the world's highest mountain this season.
Voting began in Nepal on Sunday in its first local elections in two decades, a landmark moment in the country's full transition to democracy. The vote has been split into two phases because of unrest in the southern plains bordering India.
Tourists are returning to Nepal, two years after an earthquake killed thousands, devastated lives, communities and the country's tourism industry.
Junko Tabei continued mountaineering into her later years and worked in campaigns to promote the protection of mountain environments.
A passenger bus rolled backward and then slipped off a thin road in Nepal's mountainous region. At least 85 passengers were sitting inside the bus and on its roof.
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