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Harry's tribute to fallen Gurkha soldiers

Prince Harry took part in a "short, but extremely moving" ceremony for fallen Gurkha soldiers who served alongside the British army during the war in Afghanistan.

Report by Geraint Vincent, ITV News Correspondent

The Royal was present at the service while he visited the Gurkha recruitment headquarters in Nepal, continuing his five-day tour of the country.

Laying a wreath to the 10 soldiers who died during the Afghanistan conflict, he wrote: "With the deepest, admiration respect and gratitude. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten".

The ceremony was described as Credit: Reuters
The Prince laid a wreath with a tribute to the 10 fallen Gurkhas Credit: Reuters


Small plane crashes in Nepal, killing all 23 people on board

A small plane carrying 23 people crashed in the mountains of Nepal, killing all those on board, a police official has confirmed.

A Twin Otter aircraft belonging to Tara Air, similar to the one pictured, crashed as it flew over Nepal Credit: Reuters

The private Tara Air flight was headed to Jomsom from Pokhara, around 80 miles from the capital, when it lost contact with the control tower. A major search operation was launched to try to locate the missing plane, but officials say they have now found the wreckage.

Speaking from the town of Myagdi, the closest town to the crash site in the mountains, police officer Bishwaraj Khadka said the Twin Otter aircraft had "broken into pieces".

"There are no survivors," he added. One Chinese and one Kuwaiti citizen were among those killed in the crash.

Officials say they believe the plane came down due to the bad weather, as thick fog had descended on the Mustang area where Jomsom is located.

Plane carrying 21 people in Nepal missing

A small plane carrying 21 people including two foreigners has gone missing in west Nepal, an airport official said on Wednesday.

A Tara Air Twin Otter aircraft similar to the one pictured has gone missing in Nepal Credit: Solundir

The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, to Jomsom when it lost contact with the control tower.

"Two helicopters are on a search-and-rescue mission," Pokhara airport official Yogendra Kunwar said. "There is no trace of the aircraft so far."

India pledges £637m extra to help Nepal recover

India has pledged an extra $1 billion (£637m) to Nepal for reconstruction works following two devastating earthquakes in the country, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed.

Speaking at a donor conference also attended by China, Swaraj said the money - a quarter of which comes in the form of grants - took India's help to the neighbouring nation to $2bn (£1.3bn).

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