South Asia - the best personalized free web-based Email en en South Asia 4 bodies found inside tent at the highest camp on Everest KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A government official and a rescue coordinator say four bodies have been found inside a tent at the highest camp on Mount Everest. Tourism Department official Hemanta Dhakal said the four bodies were found by a team of rescuers who were there to recover the body of a Slovak mountaineer who died over the weekend. ... Wed, 24 May 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-05-24T04:06:00Z Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed US visas last year SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 740,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Monday, detailing a crucial but often overlooked contributor to the number of people in the country illegally. President Donald Trump has proposed spending billions of dollars... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:24:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:24:00Z 3 foreign climbers dead, 1 missing near top of Mount Everest KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three climbers have died on Mount Everest and another is missing in a busy and tragic weekend on the world's highest mountain, officials and expedition organizers said Monday. An American climber died near the summit and an Indian climber is missing after heading down from the top following a successful ascent, expedition organizers said. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:24:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:24:00Z India landslide strands 13,000 pilgrims near Hindu site LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A landslide caused by pre-monsoon rains stranded about 13,000 Indian pilgrims near a revered Hindu temple site in a mountainous area of northern India on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, said Amit Chandola, a spokesman for the state government of Uttarakhand. Authorities rushed food and drinking wate... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:41:00Z Reema Lagoo, who played mother to top Bollywood actors, dies NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo, the ever-smiling screen mother to some of India's top actors, died Thursday. She was 59. Condolences and tributes to the actress poured forth on Twitter, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Reema Lagoo was a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film & TV world. Her demise... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:28:00Z Sri Lankan Tamils remember relatives killed in the civil war COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamils on Thursday lit lamps and displayed photos framed in flowers of relatives killed in a bloody civil war, marking the eighth anniversary of the end of the fighting. A Sri Lankan court barred activists from holding a commemoration near a monument to Tamils killed in the fighting, but other memorials were ca... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:48:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:48:00Z Chevrolet to pull out of India, South Africa DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is pulling its Chevrolet brand out of India, South Africa and East Africa by the end of this year. The company will retain its assembly plant in India but will only make vehicles for export. It is selling a plant in South Africa to Isuzu Motors. GM says the changes will save the company $100 million per... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:08:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:08:00Z Spreadsheets and determination lead to Geographic Bee win WASHINGTON (AP) — Pranay Varada was stung by last year's National Geographic Bee, when he flubbed the official language of Sierra Leone — it's English; he answered French — and finished in sixth place. Determined to avoid another setback in his final year of eligibility, he started studying for this year's bee that same day. He spent a year forgoing schoo... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:04:00Z 2 gang rapes show India struggling on women's safety NEW DELHI (AP) — One woman was brutally gang raped and murdered, her body left disfigured in a patch of shrubs near her home in a north Indian village. Days later, another woman was abducted and gang raped in a moving car in a New Delhi suburb. The two crimes were reminiscent of the horrific 2012 deadly gang rape in New Delhi that spurred widespread prote... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:48:00 GMT 2017-05-16T07:48:00Z The Latest: Cyberattack hits schools, hospital in Taiwan NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Taiwanese state media say the WannaCry cyberattack infected computers in 10 schools, the national power company, a hospital and at least one private business. However, the Central News Agency says ... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:49:00Z Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Ph... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:27:00Z Seeking employment: Terrorist who flipped on al-Qaida NEW YORK (AP) — As mid-career resumes go, this one's a doozy: Bryant Neal Vinas tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, advised al-Qaida on potential bombing targets, then morphed into a prized informer for the U.S. government. After eight years in solitary confinement, the 34-year-old New Yorker is set to become a free man. Which raises the question: W... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:50:00Z Islamic State group claims attack on Pakistan lawmaker QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The Islamic State group said it carried out a brazen suicide attack on a Pakistani lawmaker in southwest Baluchistan province on Friday that killed 25 people despite a protracted crackdown on the assortment of militant groups operating in Pakistan. Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, deputy leader of Pakistan's Senate or Upper House of Parliame... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:54:00Z The Latest: IS claims deadly attack on Pakistani lawmaker ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the attack in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The Islamic State group says that it carried out the deadly attack on Pakistan's deputy Senate leader in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province. The claim of responsibility was posted on IS-a... Fri, 12 May 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-05-12T12:53:00Z Nepalese get 1st chance in 20 years to vote for local bodies KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Much has changed since Nepal last held local elections 20 years ago — the Himalayan country's 240-year monarchy was abolished, federal democracy was introduced and political wrangling took center stage. Earthquakes ravaged the country. A Maoist insurgency left thousands dead. And widespread poverty ensured daily life for many remained a struggle if no... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T05:02:00Z Al-Qaida member who flipped and helped US gets time served NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge decided to spare an admitted homegrown terrorist known as Bashir the American a long prison term on Thursday, agreeing he should instead receive a sentence of time served — about eight years in mostly solitary confinement — as credit for becoming a prized U.S. government cooperator. Bryant Neal Vinas, 34, grew up in obscuri... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-11T21:03:00Z Wall falls onto guests at wedding in India, killing 24 NEW DELHI (AP) — A building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding in western India, killing at least 24 people and injuring others, a government official said Thursday. Hundreds of guests were having dinner or assembling on the outdoor lawn when a strong dust storm blew into the area Wednesday night, forcing people on the lawn to go indoors. When the 80-foot-long (32-meter... Thu, 11 May 2017 12:23:00 GMT 2017-05-11T12:23:00Z 8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said. The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:54:00Z AP Top Stories May 10 P Here's the latest for Wednesday, May 10th: Trump says Comey wasn't doing his job; Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov; Venezuela braces for... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:19:00 GMT 2017-05-10T20:19:00Z Monitoring group offers mixed review of rights in Pakistan ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent watchdog on Wednesday offered a mixed report card in its annual look at the state of human rights in Pakistan, welcoming the enactment of new laws to protect women but decrying an uptick in religiously motivated vigilantism. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said the country was among the world's most prolific enforce... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T13:02:00Z US reps, Dalai Lama take aim at China sore spot Tibet DHARMSALA, India (AP) — As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian ... Wed, 10 May 2017 12:36:00 GMT 2017-05-10T12:36:00Z Wasp nests removed in Sri Lanka ahead of Indian PM visit COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have removed thousands of wasps from a tea growing region ahead of a visit this week by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Modi after visiting the Colombo Friday is scheduled to fly by helicopter to a tea plantation to open an Indian-funded hospital and speak to planation workers with of Indian heritage. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:36:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:36:00Z Nepal wants to limit age for Everest after 85-year-old dies KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Family and supporters on Sunday honored an 85-year-old Nepali man who died trying to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, while officials stressed the need to limit the age for such a daunting physical challenge. The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan has revived concerns about allowing elderly people to attempt... Mon, 08 May 2017 01:14:00 GMT 2017-05-08T01:14:00Z Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan said Sunday its forces killed at least 50 Afghan troops and destroyed five checkpoints in clashes along the disputed border two days earlier, while Afghanistan dismissed the account, saying only two border police and a civilian were killed. The two armies traded fire Friday around the Chaman border crossing, which has been... Sun, 07 May 2017 14:10:00 GMT 2017-05-07T14:10:00Z Nepal man, 85, dies trying to become oldest Everest climber KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An 85-year-old Nepali man has died while attempting to regain his title as the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, officials said. Min Bahadur Sherchan died at the Everest base camp on Saturday evening. The cause of death was not immediately clear, but mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha, who is at the base camp, said he likely suffered cardi... Sun, 07 May 2017 04:03:00 GMT 2017-05-07T04:03:00Z Asian development lender takes stock as US policy shifts YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Accelerating growth in Southeast and South Asia can help make up for slowing momentum in China but it requires smart investments in infrastructure and technology, the president of the Asian Development Bank said Saturday as the regional lender started a meeting of its board of governors. ADB President Takehiko Nakao and other leader... Sat, 06 May 2017 08:23:00 GMT 2017-05-06T08:23:00Z Pakistan-Afghan border cross-fire kills 15 on both sides QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Backed by artillery, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them on Friday, killing nine and drawing a response from the military, Pakistan said. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident, a significant escalation of hostilities between the two neighbors. Fri, 05 May 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-05-05T15:02:00Z Lynch mob storms police station in Pakistani, child killed QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a boy has been killed in a shootout between police and an angry mob after it attacked a police station, demanding they should be allowed to execute a minority Hindu being held over blasphemy charges. Local police official Atta Ullah said the clash took place in the town of Hub in the southwestern Baluchistan province aft... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:42:00Z Pakistan executes 3 militants convicted by military courts ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military say authorities have executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism. In a statement, it said the latest executions were carried out Thursday. Pakistan has executed 428 prisoners — mostly convicted of routine murders instead of a... Thu, 04 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT 2017-05-04T14:22:00Z Asian lending bank sees no need to compete with China's AIIB YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The massive needs for spending on infrastructure and support for poverty alleviation mean the Asian Development Bank can work with, not compete against China's new infrastructure lender, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said Thursday. Speaking as the ADB began its annual meeting Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, Nakao told reporters he hopes... Thu, 04 May 2017 13:51:00 GMT 2017-05-04T13:51:00Z