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LEBANON: Funeral anger aims at Syria

Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of street battles in Beirut. More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011, when President Bashar Assad started cracking down on a popular uprising. "The Syrian regime is seeking to sow chaos in Lebanon!" Khaled Daher, a Sunni member of parliament, said in a fiery speech at the funeral for Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Wahid, the slain cleric. Gunmen shouting "Down with Bashar!" roamed the streets ahead of the procession, in which thousands fired their rifles in the air as a sign of mourning. Abdul-Wahid and his bodyguard were gunned down Sunday by a Lebanese soldier, apparently after failing to stop at a checkpoint.

NEPAL: 3 dead, 2 missing on Everest

Three climbers died and two others were missing while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, a toll that raised concerns about overcrowding in the "death zone" at the top of the world's tallest peak. An estimated 150 climbers tried to reach the top Friday and Saturday as they rushed to use a brief window of good weather. The three who died Saturday were believed to have suffered exhaustion and altitude sickness, Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said. They were identified as German doctor Eberhard Schaaf, Nepal-born Canadian Shriya Shah, and South Korean mountaineer Song Won-bin. The missing are a Chinese national and his Sherpa guide.

ALBANIA: Bus falls off cliff, 12 killed

A bus carrying university students on a pre-graduation trip toppled off a mountain cliff in the south, killing 12 people and injuring 21, authorities said. University officials said two buses had been taking 75 third-year language and literature students and three professors from Aleksander Xhuvani University in Elbasan to the southern city of Saranda. A bus carrying 33 people fell 80 yards off the road near Himare, 137 miles south of the capital, Tirana, police said.


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