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Surrogate Mother Industry Carries On After Nepal QuakeÂ

Despite the devastation, growing demand among foreign couples continues to feed medical tourism in Nepal, where surrogacy agencies recruit women to carry babies for infertile couples.

A woman carrying her baby through the debris of Kathmandu on May 16
A woman carrying her baby through the debris of Kathmandu on May 16
Caroline Michel

KATHMANDU — The day after the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people in Nepal, a young dad was feeding a newborn baby in the middle of the night on the tarmac of Kathmandu's airport. Behind him was the aircraft that the Israeli government hurriedly sent to retrieve its citizens. At the same time, thousands of people were stuck in traffic jams as Nepal's tourists rushed to the airport, trying to flee the country as quickly as possible.

Israeli authorities made it their priority to retrieve the 25 babies born of Nepalese surrogate mothers and their families. The photos of these infants and their parents landing in Tel Aviv on April 27 with radiant smiles on their faces were seen around the world.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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