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Nepal Quake Aftermath: Kung fu nuns to the rescue

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No, “Kung Fu Nuns” isn’t the name of some low-budget martial arts flick. It’s the description of the group that has been helping injured Nepal after a 7.8 earthquake devastated the region. Hailing from the Druk Amitabha Mountain nunnery, the “kung fu nuns” sprang into action after the disaster. As Jigme Konchok, 21, told the Washington Post, they didn’t “shriek in fear or crouch on the floor crying.” Instead, they dodged falling pieces of wall, thanks to four years of speed and agility training. These nuns didn’t like the accepted gender stereotypes in the Buddhist monastic religion, so they studied kung fu from a Vietnamese teacher. Their discipline isn’t about hurting people; on the contrary, as evidenced by their work…

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Nepal Quake 2015: Team Rubicon springs into action

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The largest earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934 has left at least 2,400 people dead. In response to the fallout generated by the 7.8 quake, Team Rubicon has announced the deployment of a recon team. The team will focus on Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, which now lies in ruins. Early estimates say 90 percent of the city’s homes have been destroyed, which leaves the majority of the one million inhabitants homeless. Incoming aid from Team Rubicon and the United States will have some difficulty getting to the disaster zone, as aftershocks have put the Tribhuvan International Airport temporarily out of commission. But Team Rubicon is determined to help. The group was founded by retired U.S. Marines William McNulty and…

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