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Rescue Operations Continue After Deadly Avalanche In The Himalayas

EKANTIPUR (Nepal), AFP ( France), CNN (USA)


Rescue workers have resumed their search Monday morning for mountaineers trapped by an avalanche on Mount Manaslu in Nepal.

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead, reports Nepal's Ekantipur news publication, including climbers from France, Spain, Germany and Nepal.

AFP reported that Christian Trommsdorff, the vice-president of the French mountain guides' union, confirmed that two of the deceased were guides working in the Chamonix region of the French Alps.

Nepalese officials said the group of around 25 to 30 climbers were camped near the summit of the Himalayan mountain (7,300 meters above sea-level) in Nepal, Sunday, when the avalanche hit.

At least 13 climbers have been evacuated by air to a hospital in the capital, Kathmandu, with local sherpa guides continuing rescue efforts.

Rescue operations had been halted due to extremely bad weather and poor visibility, however they have now been resumed.

Mount Manaslu is the eighth largest mountain in the world and is considered to be one of the most dangerous.

CNN questioned whether the Himalayan Mountains have become too crowded. The news broadcaster reported of over-crowding on Mount Everest, with climbers subjected to frost bite and lack of oxygen after being forced to wait too long to summit, due to the growing popularity of commercial expeditions in the mountain range.

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An End To Venezuela Sanctions? The Lula Factor In Biden's Democratization Gamble

The Biden administration's exploration to lift sanctions on Venezuela, hoping to gently push its regime back on the path of democracy, might have taken its cue from Brazilian President Lula's calls to stop demonizing Venezuela.

Photo of a man driving a motorbike past a wall with a mural depicting former President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela

Driving past a Chavez mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Leopoldo Villar Borda


BOGOTÁ — Reports last month that U.S. President Joe Biden's apparent decision to unblock billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets, frozen since 2015 as part of the United States' sanctions on the Venezuelan regime, could be the first of many pieces to fall in a domino effect that could help end the decades-long Venezuelan deadlock.

It may move the next piece — the renewal of conversations in Mexico between the Venezuelan government and opposition — before pushing over other obstacles to elections due in 2024 and to Venezuela's return into the community of American states.

I don't think I'm being naïve in anticipating developments that would lead to a new narrative around Venezuela, very different to the one criticized by Brazil's president, Lula da Silva. He told a regional summit in Brasilia in June that there were prejudices about Venezuela — and I dare say he wasn't entirely wrong, based on the things I hear from a Venezuelan friend who lives in Bogotá but travels frequently home.

My friend insists his country's recent history is not quite as depicted in the foreign press. The price of basic goods found in a food market are much the same as those in Bogotá, he says.

He goes to the theater when he visits Caracas, eats in restaurants and strolls in parks and squares. There are new building works, he says. He uses the Caracas metro and insists its trains and stations are clean — showing me pictures on his cellphone to prove it.

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