India, China ended four days of high-level talks in Beijing on Thursday with an agreement to set up a hotline between prime ministers, to better avoid flare-ups over a longstanding border dispute.
Former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's death could undermine the fragile Nepal government, which has until May 28 to write a new constitution. Mr. Koirala loomed large in Nepal's transition from monarchy to republic after a long civil war with Maoists.
Glaciers now occupy the center stage in the debate over causes and impacts of climate change.
Terrorism concerns loomed as India-Pakistan peace talks resumed Thursday for the first time since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Though India has seen little terrorism since, it pressed Pakistan on the topic and handed over three dossiers on suspected militants operating in Pakistan.
Canadian Inuit dogs pull a sled with a traditional harness on Thursday in Iqaluit.
India's offer for bilateral talks is the first sign of a thaw in relations between to two nuclear rivals since the Mumbai bombing 15 months ago.
Nepalese politicians take part in a cabinet meeting at Kalapattar Plateau near Mt. Everest on December 4, at an altitude of 17,192 feet. Nepalese ministers held their high-altitude meeting on a remote mountain plateau in the shadow of Mt. Everest to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas. Prime Minister Madhav Kumar of Nepal and 22 other ministers, equipped with oxygen cylinders, travelled by helicopter for the gathering on the Kalapattar Plateau in the world's highest mountain range.
New study by scientists in India finds that the biggest glacier in the Indian portion of Kashmir has shrunk, imperiling the water supply of millions of people in the region..