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Swedish mountain climber Frederik Ericsson Dies in K2

Citing officials in contact with the expedition, the Austrian Press Agency APA reported that Swedish mountain climber Frederik Ericsson has been killed while on an expedition on the K2 mountain in the Himalayas.

The expedition involves the Austrian climber Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner who seeks to conquer the world’s second- tallest peak at 8,611 metres. She is regarded as one of the world’s best female mountain climbers, although she has failed several times to conquer the extremely difficult K2 on the Chinese-Pakistan border.

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Russia is still burning, death toll: 48

Russia is currently suffering its worst heat wave on record, igniting forest fires across central and western regions.

According to Russian officials, there are about 300 to 400 new wildfires appearing every 24 hours across the country, challenging the capacity of thousands of mobilized forces to deal with the disaster.

A state of emergency is still in force in seven regions of Russia, where 425,762 acres have been affected, wiping out scores of villages and leaving hundreds homeless.
Although the official word is that the blazes are being contained, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying some of the fires are out of control.

Full report here.