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Avalanche raises spectre of worst death toll in Alps for over 50 years

The search for the bodies of eight climbers swept down Mont Blanc du Tacul by a huge avalanche on Sunday morning was suspended all day yesterday because of the danger of provoking fresh slides.

Bellway sales dive by 14 per cent

A double-digit fall in sales at Bellway, the UK's fourth-biggest housebuilder, set the scene for a season of bleak results from the sector, and sent its shares down 3 per cent despite a relatively strong balance sheet.

'I was desperate, hopeless, but I wasn't going to give up' says K2 survivor

Marco Confortola had a bad feeling from the moment he first approached K2. "The soul of the mountain was not going to let us succeed," he says with a sigh, his eyes closed at the painful memories. "A toll was going to be paid."

Nine die in worst-ever K2 climbing disaster

At least nine climbers have died on the world's most dangerous mountain after a series of incidents led to chaos on the slopes of K2. Officials say a number of other climbers are missing and that the death toll could rise. In what was described as one of the blackest weekends in mountaineering, six of the climbers were struck by an avalanche while descending from the summit of the mountain, the second highest after Everest. Three more died in separate incidents.

Pavel Haas Quartet, St Andrew Holborn Church, London<br />Counterpoise, Charterhouse, London

Schoenberg and co begat Boulez and co, but where were the successors to Bartok and Janacek? Incinerated in Auschwitz in 1944: Hans Krasa, Viktor Ullmann and Pavel Haas were the pre-eminent voices of Czech music in the Twenties and Thirties, and their disappearance left a gaping void in musical history.

London deputy mayor resigns

Ray Lewis resigned tonight as deputy mayor of London amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and financial irregularities.

Alaska's capital goes green after avalanche cuts power lines

Juneau, the capital of Alaska and a popular cruise-ship stop, has had little to celebrate since an avalanche wiped out the lines supplying it with hydroelectricity. But four weeks later it has become a model for energy conservation, with its citizens doing everything from unplugging tumble-driers to regulating airport runway lights.

Victims found after Alps avalanche

Rescuers today found the bodies of five French ski-mountaineers swept away by an avalanche during an excursion in Italy's north-western Alps.

'I was buried alive during an avalanche in the Swiss Alps'

Peggy Harris relives her sobering lesson in the perils of avalanche season

'Genghis Khan: the opera' rocks Mongolian capital

The thirteenth-century warlord Genghis Khan is best known as one of history's most bloodthirsty rulers, and at first glance appears an unlikely subject for a Jesus Christ Superstar-type rock opera. But in his native Mongolia, a rock opera has opened that gives the medieval empire builder the Genghis Khan Superstar treatment, claiming he had a softer, more appealing side which was overlooked.

David Usborne: Our Man in New York

The way the Crowe flies into a temper, he must think he's living in his own private Idaho

Scottish and Northern Irish characters beware

Certain accents are no-go areas for American audiences

Dozens die in dam burst as rainstorms hit Pakistan

AT LEAST 54 people were killed and more than 400 were missing last night after a dam burst in a remote area of south-west Pakistan.
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