Nepal

Development

South Asian leaders try new ways to reduce child marriage

UNICEF reports that Nepal is among the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage — and its location in South Asia places it in the region with the most child marriages in the world. But the Nepalese government and local NGOs have been working together over the past few years to end the practice once and for all.

Environment

Mount Everest has a problem — with poop

The Nepal Mountaineering Association says human waste is a bigger problem than trash on Mt. Everest. But the climbers aren't going away, so we asked an Everest expedition leader how he plans to safely heed the call of nature atop the world's tallest mountain.

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Global Scan

How do you capture a drug kingpin without firing a shot?

Over the weekend, US and Mexican officials teamed up to capture one of the Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins, El Chapo of the Sinaloa cartel. And they did it without firing a single shot. Meanwhile, all the gunfire and violence in Ukraine finally forced its president from power and into hiding, but his time is running out. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Health & Medicine

Reporter Sonia Narang answers your questions about maternal health in Nepal

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Sonia Narang answered your questions about her story and her observations about maternal and newborn health in Nepal during a live Q&A on The World's Facebook page on Tuesday, February 25. Narang's report, part of our "Ninth Month" series, examined the efforts to change Nepal’s ingrained attitudes and behaviors around pregnant women performing strenuous tasks that put mothers and their unborn children at risk.

Global Scan

If you want to climb Everest, you're going to have to help clean it up

if you've ever thought about climbing Mount Everest, you better pack an extra trash bag. A new rule requires all climbers to bring down eight kilograms of garbage over and above their own trash. Odds are they won't be bringing down banana peals, at least if you believe new research that bananas could be under threat. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Will Mount Everest expeditions go on this year?

People lined the streets in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday to pay their last respects to the victims of last week's avalanche on Mount Everest. But the aftermath of the avalanche, including a possible strike by Sherpa guides, has some wondering if we should climb the world's tallest mountain at all.