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Two Taiwanese hikers have been found after going missing in Nepal for almost seven weeks, one dying three days before help arrived. 

The couple headed toward Langtang in Rasuwa district refusing to turn back when confronted with a snowstorm.

After losing their bearings the pair fell 100 meters off a cliff into, taking shelter in a small cave.

Survivor Liang Sheng-yue was found conscious and with the remains of his partner, Liu Chen-chun, just before midday near the Narchet River in the Himalayas. cnn.com
A MILITARY expert says that some of North Korea’s military weapons it has put on display are fake, as North Korea’s Youth League vowed to use five million children “equipped with nuclear bombs” to “mercilessly wipe out” the USA.

Michael Pregent, a former US Army Intelligence Officer, told Fox News that some of the missiles held by soldiers during Pyongyang’s April 15 military parade

“This was more about sending a message than being combat effective,” he said.

Pregent, who is now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., looked at several photos of North Korean soldiers from the April 15 parade to make his assessment.

Special operations “commandos” were seen to be carrying what appeared to be AK-47’s with grenade-launching capabilities. news.com.au
The net is closing around the people responsible for the downing of flight MH17. Former Russian soldier Sergej Doebinski was identified on audio recordings as the person who arranged the transport of the BUK missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, RTL Nieuws reports.

Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta spoke to the person who identified Doebinski. Doebinski is an old acquaintance of the man and he recognized his voice. At the time of the MH17 disaster, Doebinski was fighting with separatists against the Ukrainian army.

Doebinski's voice was recognized in a recorded telephone conversation in which someone can be heard describing the "beauty" of the BUK missile. Swedish researchers compared that recording with a recent telephone conversation with Doebinski and concluded that it is the same voice.

The person who initially identified the former Russian soldier also told the Novaya Gazeta about a meeting with Doebinski after the MH17 disaster. "'You are  guilty of downing MH17' I said. He waved his arms and said: 'You must not think I did this. It were those freaks from Moscow'." nltimes.nl
President Trump has determined a course of action for responding to North Korea's continued nuclear missile development program, a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday, with U.S. military preparations "underway" for potential action.

"What the president has done is he's made a decision for us to pursue a certain course," the official told reporters in the White House briefing room, "and that course obviously has a number of options associated with it depending on how the situation develops in the future.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Trump plans include "a broad range of options, obviously, across all elements of national power and multinational power in connection with North Korea."

"What you’ve seen is really an integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you’ll see soon is using the economic dimension of national power as well as the military preparations that are underway," the official said, barely 100 yards from where the entire U.S. Senate was receiving a briefing on the administration's strategy for North Korea. time.com
Hindu youth Biswajit Rajak, 35, was suffering from liver cancer and died at his home on Monday. But when his family could not arrange his cremation on Tuesday, villagers gathered at his house and requested Biswajit’s father Nagen Rajak to allow them to cremate his son.

Even the moulavi of the local mosque also went to the crematorium. The Muslim neighbours paid the money necessary for his last rites. The Rajaks are one of the two Hindu families in the village of about 6,000 residents.

A group of Muslim youths took the youth, who died on Monday, to the crematorium and even chanted the name of Hari (equivalent of Ram Naam Satya Hai) following the Hindu tradition.

They carried his body on their shoulders for a distance of 3 kms to the crematorium, and performed all the traditional Hindu rituals including consigning the ashes to the nearby river and taking a dip in the river after the cremation.

Located on the India-Bangladesh border, Malda is not only one of the poorest and backward districts of Bengal, but is also infamous all over the country as the hub of fake currency notes illegal poppy cultivation. hindustantimes.com
As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir?

Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley.

It's not looking very promising this summer.

This month's parliamentary election in Srinagar was scarred by violence and a record-low turnout of voters. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. A full-blown protest by students has now erupted on the streets; and, in a rare sight, even schoolgirls are throwing stones and hitting police vehicles.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an awkward ruling coalition with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rushed to Delhi on Monday to urge the federal government to "announce a dialogue and show reconciliatory gestures". bbc.co.uk