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No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack.


9 climbers killed, 6 missing in avalanche

KATMANDU — An avalanche hit climbers on a high Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said. Many of the climbers were French or German.

Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and a German man were recovered and that rescue pilots had spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world.

In Madrid, Spain’s Foreign Ministry said one of those killed was Spanish, but did not release the person’s name.

The identities of the other victims were still being confirmed.

Ten other climbers survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters, Mr. Kuwar said.


Christian leader say she escaped assassin

BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc in parliament, which supports the Syrian-backed Shiite Hezbollah group, says he was the target of a failed assassination attempt when his convoy came under fire.

Tensions in Lebanon linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria are on the rise.

Michel Aoun said in comments carried by his party’s website Sunday that gunmen shot at one of the cars in his convoy in the predominantly Sunni southern port city of Sidon late Saturday.

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel confirmed the shooting and said investigations were under way to determine whether it was an assassination attempt.

Saturday’s attack is the latest reported attempt to assassinate a prominent Christian politician in Lebanon in the past few months.

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