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Sherpa guides stage #Everest base camp walkout

Sherpa guides have packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp in Nepal in a walkout to honour 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on the mountain.

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Sri Lanka to expel tourist with Buddha tattoo

Sri Lankan authorities have decided to deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, officials have said.

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AAP leader files nomination from Varanasi

Leader of India's Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, Arvind Kejriwal, has filed his nomination to fight elections from the holy city of Varanasi against Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader widely seen as the front-runner to be country's next prime minister.

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#India villagers to 'boycott' polls

About 6,000 villagers of Udham Singh Nagar district in India's northern Uttarakhand state have decided to boycott polls, citing the state government's failure in bringing development in the mountainous region.

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#Pakistan attacks target two police patrols

Eight people, including five policemen, have been killed in two attacks in northwest Pakistan, officials say.

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#India Hindu leader in 'hate speech' row

The leader of the right-wing Hindu organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in India has called for eviction of Muslims from a Hindu area in the western state of Gujarat, drawing criticism from politicians.

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#Nepal guides demand avalanche compensation

Nepal's mountaineers have threatened to stop work in seven days unless compensation of $10,000 is paid to the families of colleagues killed, injured or missing after last week's Everest avalanche.

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#Nepal calls off search for #Everest guides

Nepal has called off the search for local climbing guides still missing after a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest killed at least 13 sherpas.

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#Bangladesh court delays Zia 'fraud' trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has received a short reprieve after a court postponed its decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her imprisoned for life if found guilty.

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Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has so far failed to secure an outright majority [AP]Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes, but is short of an outright majority.

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Dozens dead in #Pakistan bus crash

Among the dead were 14 children and 13 women [EPA]A bus travelling to Pakistan's southern city of Karachi has collided with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 42 people and injuring 17 others.

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