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Everest avalanche a reminder of risks
While the average annual income in Nepal is just $US700, a high-altitude Sherpa guide can make $US5,000 during the three-month climbing season.


Devastated family cling to teenager's vow
A frightened South Korean teenager who called his family from the sinking ferry promised he would survive.


First bodies pulled from Korean ferry
The bodies of 16 victims of the South Korean ferry disaster have been recovered bringing the official death toll to 49 with 253 people still missing.


Pakistan plans huge desert solar park
A corner of the Cholistan desert in Pakistan's Punjab province is about to be turned into one of the world's largest solar power parks.


Pakistani TV host survives gun attack
Pakistani police say gunmen have shot famous television talk show host Hamid Mir in Karachi.


Australian 'minutes' off Everest avalanche
Australian mountaineer Gavin Turner says some local guides and climbers are questioning whether to scrap their plans to climb Mount Everest.


Body 13 found in Everest search
A 13th body has been found on Mount Everest following an avalanche on Friday but authorities say there is no hope of finding anyone alive.


Drone kills 18 in Yemen
A drone strike has left 15 al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians dead in central Yemen.


Philippines boosts MERS monitoring
A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the deadly MERS virus in the United Arab Emirates returned to the Philippines on Tuesday, officials say.


Captain of sunk Korean ferry arrested
The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has been arrested and faces charges including negligence of duty.


South Korea ferry captain 'arrested'
Lee Joon-Seok, the captain of the South Korean ferry that sunk leaving 28 people dead and 268 missing, has reportedly been arrested.


North Korea hits out at UN abuse meeting
North Korea has responded to an informal UN meeting about abuses in the country saying countries in the West should "mind their own business".


Everest avalanche kills 12, more missing
Rescuers have halted their search for survivors after an avalanche on Mount Everest killed 12 local climbing guides.


Bin Laden library causes storm in Pakistan
A Pakistan library has been renamed "Osama bin Laden, the martyr", which commentators have described as a "huge embarrassment" for the government.


Philippine Easter crucifixions draw crowds
Filipinos have been surprised by a Danish man who joined in their crucifixion ritual on Good Friday.


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