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Nepal sets first post-monarchy elections for November 19

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's first national elections since the abolition of the 239-year-old monarchy will be held on November 19, the government said on Thursday, raising hopes for stability in the Himalayan nation that has lurched from one crisis to another. Full story

Amnesty for Nepali war crimes could undermine peace, U.N. warns

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal risks more bloodshed in the future if a planned panel set up to investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war is given the power to offer amnesty, a senior official from the UN human rights agency said on Friday. Full story

Ex-President Carter says China pressuring Nepal on Tibetans

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - China is putting pressure on Nepal to interrupt the flow of Tibetan refugees into the Himalayan nation, former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Monday. Full story

Cannabis-smoking ascetics light up Nepal festival

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Ringed by an endless stream of pilgrims at an ancient temple in Kathmandu, Hindu holy man Mahant Ramnaresh Giri sat naked and puffed on a pipe filled with cannabis, his body smeared with ash as he took part in Nepal's biggest annual religious event. Full story

Nepali becomes first woman to climb Everest twice in a week

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A young Nepali sherpa climber has become the world's first woman to scale Mount Everest twice in a week, Guinness World Records has confirmed. Full story

Nepal's Maoists set terms to end political deadlock

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist party has for the first time laid down the condition on which its prime minister would resign, paving the way for an end to a political deadlock with opposition parties that has paralyzed one of the world's poorest countries. Full story

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Racing pachyderms used their feet and trunks to score goals as part of an elephant-themed festival in Nepal held to promote conservation awareness. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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