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Two more found dead on Everest, bringing total to six

Mt. EverestThe last four days near the world's tallest peak have been extraordinarily deadly, as perhaps six climbers have now reportedly succumbed on the perilous mountain -- with two more found Monday.

The first of the six, Phurba Sherpa, a 25-year-old Nepalese guide, died on Mount Everest Thursday after a fall. In the days following, a Dutch climber, an Australian woman and an Indian man also died.


U.S. To Completely Lift Vietnam Arms Embargo

US to lift arms embargo on VietnamHuman Rights Watch reacted with dismay to Washington’s decision to toss away a critical lever it might have had to spur political reform in the Communist party-ruled state.

Phil Robertson, the watchdog’s Asia director, said in a statement that even as Obama was lifting the arms embargo Vietnamese authorities were arresting a journalist, human rights activists and bloggers on the street and in their houses.


Four climbers dead on Everest in four days

Everest cliimberSince last Thursday four people have died on the 29,035-foot peak, including a Sherpa. Rescue efforts are ongoing for two other missing climbers.

"Everest is a mountain of extremes," said Jon Kedrowski, a geographer and climber who summited Mount Everest in 2012, when 10 climbers died. "At altitude, the body deteriorates on a certain level.


18 girls die in Thailand school dormitory fire

Tahiland girls dorm fire kills 18A fire in an elementary school dormitory killed 18 girls in northern Thailand, officials said Monday.

They were among 38 children, all girls between 5 and 12, who were asleep at the private Pitakiatwittaya School Christian elementary school in Thailand's Chiang Rai Province, when the fire broke out late Sunday. The cause of the fire in the two-story wooden dormitory has not been determined.


ISIL bombs 'kill more than 120' in Assad-held cities

Syrian cities hit by ISILMore than 120 people have been killed in multiple attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group in areas controlled by the Syrian government, a monitoring group said.

Syrian state TV also reported the attacks, putting the death toll at 78.

Simultaneous car bombs and suicide bombers hit bus stations, hospitals and elsewhere in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh in Latakia province on Monday, appearing to severely breach government defences, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Dutch, Australian Climbers Die After Summiting Everest

2 climbers die after reaching Everest summitAfter two years in which no human summited Mount Everest, climbers have returned to the world’s highest peak. But with the stories of triumph, the return to Everest brings stories of tragedy.

Two climbers died on their way down from the 29,035-foot mountain on Friday and Saturday. One was a Dutchman who had dreamed of climbing Everest since he was a child, and the other an Australian university lecturer and accomplished climber.


Pakistan denounces U.S. strike targeting Taliban chief

Pakistan denounces US drone strikeThe Pakistani government on Sunday denounced a U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, saying the attack violated Pakistan's sovereignty and stressing that peace can be attained only through negotiation.

Afghan and Taliban leaders confirmed Sunday that Mansoor was killed in the strike the previous day near the Afghan border.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that Mansoor was killed Saturday in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan. His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin," Abdullah said in the tweet.


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