Traveling monks work on a sand mandala at Lake Street Church in Evanston, Illinois.

Tibetan monks on tour in US as China continues to restrict religion in Tibet

Sacred Nation

A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, living in exile in India, are doing a “sacred arts tour” this month in the US. They’re demonstrating an ancient artistic and spiritual practice, creating big, colorful sand mandalas. They say Buddhist traditions like this are under threat because of Chinese government policies in their historic homeland of Tibet.

After migrants arrive in Capurgana's harbor, they are loaded on tuk-tuks and taken to the shelter on the edge of town.

Migration across Darién Gap changes Colombian village’s economy

Rescuers scour the crash site in the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Jan.16, 2023.

Flight data, voice recorders retrieved from Nepal crash site

Prem Pariyar stands in front of Alexander Meiklejohn Hall on the campus of California State University, East Bay.

‘Hidden discrimination’: California university joins national trend to protect against caste bias on campus

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People wade past a flooded area in Dipayal Silgadhi, Nepal.

Flooding and mudslides kill about 200 people in Nepal

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Man wearing a blue coat and sunglasses holds his head up to the sun with a snowy mountain in the background

Zhang Hong becomes the first blind person from Asia to climb Mount Everest


There aren’t many opportunities for the millions of blind people in China, but Zhang Hong has defied the odds to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Birds fly above Mount Everest against a blue sky

COVID-19 may impact Nepal’s climbing season, but government denies rising cases


Mountaineers say COVID-19 is rapidly spreading on Mount Everest. “We could have a very, very bad tragedy this year,” said Leo Namen, a climber from Canada.

The latex-covered hands of a medical professional are shown drawing a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

US backs waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines

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Top of The World: The Biden administration announced it backs a temporary waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. And, the IFRC warned of an impending crisis in Nepal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Also, Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen, the former child soldier turned top commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court to 25 years in prison

A man and woman are shown sitting in chairs while medical workers administer vaccinations.

Virus surge, vaccine shortages spread beyond India’s borders


The surge in coronavirus cases in India has created huge worries for neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.

A tiger crosses a road in India’s Ranthambore National Park.

GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist across Asia


An infrastructure boom threatens endangered tigers across Asia. Scientists want to know more about how tigers behave near roads so they can design wildlife-friendly transportation networks.