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TIMES OF INDIA (India), BBC NEWS (UK)

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NEW DEHLI - At least 28 people were killed after a bus plunged off a highway Monday night in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, reports BBC.

The bus fell into a 500-foot-deep gorge in the Kangra valley, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the state capital, Shimla.

Five people were injured and taken to hospital, according deputy commissioner KR Bharti.

The 42-seat vehicle ferrying passengers from the towns of Palampur to Asha Puri, was overcrowded when it fell down a cliff, witnesses said.

A similar crash took place Monday evening across the border in western Nepal, leaving at least 27 people dead, reports Times of India.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp bend on the Karnali Highway, the road which joins the towns of Jumla, the Karnali capital to Surkhet.

The incident took place about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

Accidents are still all too common on Nepalese mountain roads. On Sunday, a speeding bus plunged off a mountain road in central Nepal, killing 13 people.

In July, 38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus fell off into a deep river in the southwest of the country.

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Good COP, Bad COP? How Sharm El-Sheik Failed On The Planet's Big Question

The week-long climate summit in Egypt managed to a backsliding that looked possible at some point, it still failed to deliver on significant change to reverse the effects of global warming.

Photo of a potted tree lying overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

A potted tree lies overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

Matt McDonald*

For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded.

While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis. As Alok Sharma, president of COP26 in Glasgow, noted:

"Friends, I said in Glasgow that the pulse of 1.5 °C was weak. Unfortunately it remains on life support."

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