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6 Stories To Mark 60 Years Since First Summit Of Everest

An 81-year-old climber trying to regain his title has turned back; a Russian extreme sports star has BASE jumped from nearly 24,000 feet; the BBC recounts how word reached the world in 1953 of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic feat; and more.
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Nepalese Climber Gives Up For Now On Regaining Everest Title

Five years ago when he was 76, a Nepalese climber became the oldest person to scale Mount Everest. Last week, an 80-year-old Japanese climber took the crown. The Nepalese climber has had to give up on his attempt to reclaim the title because of bad weather.
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Swedish High School Flubs Graduation Requirement

School officials broke the news to seniors that they forgot to offer a religion course that's required for students to graduate. The school admits fault. The principal said to graduate on time, seniors had just a few days to complete all the requirements for the yearlong course.
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U.S. Drone Strike Hits Taliban Stronghold In Pakistan

There was a U.S. drone strike Wednesday in a Taliban stronghold of northern Pakistan, killing at least four people. It was the first strike since President Obama's speech last Thursday announcing that the use of drones would be scaled back to limit civilian casualties. It's also the first strike since Pakistan held elections earlier this month.
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Pope Francis: Even Atheists Can Be Redeemed

After the popes comments, headlines proclaimed, "Even Atheists Can Go To Heaven." A Vatican spokesman quickly intervened and said this was not the case. Still, the remarks were in keeping with a pope who is emphasizing inclusiveness and wants to speak to a global audience that reaches far beyond the Catholic Church.
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Al-Qaida Letter Reprimands Difficult Employee

While AP West Africa Bureau Chief Rukmini Callimachi was covering the French military intervention in Mali, she gathered six trash bags full of abandoned al-Qaida documents from buildings used by the organization. Included was a copy of a scathing letter sent to Moktar Belmoktar, which described him as a prima donna. He later quit the organization and formed his own group — carrying out attacks that killed 101 people.

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