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Dangers Related to Everest River of Ice Known

On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They’ve known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was impossible to pass. It is a river …

Everest Avalanche Prompts Sherpas to Consider Climbing Boycott

Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community. Nepal’s government said late Monday it …

Large Wildfire Burns in Netherlands National Park

A large wildfire destroyed at least 530 hectares (1,300 acres) in the Netherlands’ Hoge Veluwe National Park on Sunday, one of the worst fires seen in the region for decades, Dutch authorities said. No injuries have been reported, according to …

South Korea Ferry Death Toll Rises, Transcript Reveals Confusion

The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing …

Art Dealer Wanted for Fraud in U.S Arrested in Spain

Spanish officials say a businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain. Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who is wanted for fraud in the United States, …

Chile Plans to Relocate Valparaiso Wildfire Victims

President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to rebuild this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters. The fires that …

Rescuers Search for Missing After Ferry Sinks Near South Korea

Park Ji Yoon hadn’t wanted to go on her high school’s trip to the South Korean resort island of Jeju. She hated riding on ferries. When she called the grandmother who had raised her, more than 12 hours after the …

Aspen Insurance Rejects Endurance’s $3.2B Buyout Proposal

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd., a global specialty and reinsurance provider, said Monday that its board has rejected a proposal from fellow property/casualty and reinsurer Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. to buy it for about $3.2 billion. Aspen said its board rejected …

Willis Launches Coverage Wrap to Address Uninsured Cargo Losses

In recent years cargo losses worth more than one hundred million dollars have not been recovered under traditional cargo insurance policies due to critical exposures being excluded, warned Willis Group Holdings, the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker. Heightened …

15 Injured in China Train Derailment

A total of 15 people were hospitalized after a train derailed in northeast China early Sunday, officials said. The railway bureau in Heilongjiang province’s regional capital of Harbin said on its official microblog that the cause of the pre-dawn accident …

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