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Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

Sunday, April 19, 2015

One year ago, 16 Nepalis guiding climbers up Mount Everest were swept away by a hanging glacier that had peeled off the mountain. It was the worst single accident in the history of Everest.

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Heavy Police Presence At Ferry Demonstrations Bring Seoul To A Halt

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thousands of police formed a perimeter around the heart of South Korea's capital Saturday, in an effort to dampen a third day of protests over the government handling of a ferry disaster one year ago.

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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.

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All Things Considered

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Help Finalize Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Senate negotiators move forward on legislation that would give President Obama the authority to negotiate a sweeping trade accord. That deal, however, will align Obama with Republicans and pit him against Democrats.

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Morning Edition

India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Friday, April 17, 2015

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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All Things Considered

New Asian Development Bank Seen As Sign Of China's Growing Influence

Thursday, April 16, 2015

China says 57 countries have signed on as members of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but the U.S. is not among them. Some analysts say the bank is a sign of diminished U.S. power.

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South Korean President Promises To Raise Sewol Ferry, One Year After Tragedy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

President Park Geun-hye has pledged to salvage the ferry, which capsized and sank, killing 304 people — most of them students. The rescue effort was widely viewed as bungled.

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Ocean Search Area For Lost Malaysian Airliner Is Set To Double

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's been more than a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 was lost with 239 people on board. Officials now say they'll double the already huge search area to 46,000 square miles next month.

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Morning Edition

South Koreans Mark Ferry Disaster Anniversary

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's been 1 year since a ferry accident in South Korea killed more than 300 people. Most of the victims were high school students on a field trip. The remembrances are going on amid political fallout.

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All Things Considered

Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to expand the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.

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Dog Team Races To Rescue Lost Hiker In The Himalayas

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A 47-year-old man disappeared 11 days ago on a popular trail. The weather is so bad that helicopters can't help. His only chance of survival is via a small search team with four dogs.

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All Things Considered

A Year After Ferry Disaster, South Koreans Await Answers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The root causes of the accident that killed 304 people are still unclear, and parents of the victims are embroiled in a political tug of war.

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Morning Edition

The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country is weighing the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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Morning Edition

From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Evolution Of Tea Sets From Ancient Legend To Modern Biometrics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor first discovered tea more than 4,700 years ago. As the culture surrounding tea has changed through the centuries, so, too, have the tools we use to drink it.

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Morning Edition

How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian-American artists are more at home than ever.

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All Things Considered

Chinese Women's Rights Activists Released From Jail

Monday, April 13, 2015

Police in China have released five women's rights activists on bail. They are suspected of disturbing public order, and may still be indicted at a later date. The case has caused an international outcry and a chilling effect on gender rights work.

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China Restricts Travel By Shenzhen Residents To Hong Kong

Monday, April 13, 2015

The move, NPR's Frank Langfitt says, is "designed to assuage Hong Kongers angry with mainlanders who buy up goods." Critics say visitors from the mainland have driven up prices in Hong Kong.

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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that starting in 2016, welfare payments and child care rebates will be cut off to families that take a "conscientious objector" exemption to avoid immunizations.

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Pope's Remarks On Armenian 'Genocide' Spark Row With Turkey

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Francis, marking the 100th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, described the deaths as a "genocide," causing Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador.

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