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Everest, the mountain with a little bit extra

Nepal and China have agreed to recognise the snow and rock heights of Mount Everest, ending a long-standing debate about the height of the world's tallest mountain, officials said today.

Sherpa to scatter Hillary's ashes on Everest

A record-breaking Nepalese Sherpa flew to Mount Everest today to prepare to scale the world's highest mountain once again and scatter the ashes of its most celebrated climber, Sir Edmund Hillary.

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Hillary's ashes set for final ascent

A Nepalese sherpa will scatter the ashes of Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest, on the top of the world, two years after the death of the climbing hero.

Police appeal for witnesses to Fiennes's crash

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is being investigated over claims he caused a three-car crash after falling asleep at the wheel. The explorer allegedly nodded off and his Jaguar veered into an oncoming car, whose driver broke his leg.

Nepal's cabinet to meet on Mount Everest

Nepal's government says it will hold a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest on 4 December to highlight the threat from global warming to glaciers in the Himalayas.

Outside Edge (08/11/09)

Josh Lewis was told he would never play sport after he suffered 45 per cent burns in an arson attack 10 years ago, but the 14-year-old from Stapenhill, Staffordshire, has just won the bronze medal for Under-17s at the World Karate Championships in Huelva, Spain. He took it up aged six after being bullied at school. If only he could inspire the pupils of Northfleet Technology College in Kent, who have been told they can play Nintendo Wii if they don't like PE classes. Parents are being accused of restricting children's outdoor activities by buying designer clothing which is too expensive to ruin. But like, it's not like they don't like sport. One in 20 kids think Hitler was a German football coach.

How I conquered Mount Everest and vertigo, by Sir Ranulph

Explorer raised £3m for cancer charity

Two killed in Nepal blast as PM vote nears

Two people were killed and at least a dozen wounded when an explosion ripped through a church near the Nepali capital today, police said, hours before the country's parliament was set to elect a new prime minister.

An invention that could change the internet for ever

Revolutionary new web software could put giants such as Google in the shade when it comes out later this month. Andrew Johnson reports

Betsen leads Wasps' surge into seventh

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Jeremy Laurance: The ultimate physical challenge

Most lay people know that Mount Everest is the highest in the world. What is less well known is that to reach the summit it is necessary to go up and down it about five times.

Dave Gorman: What makes a genius?

Genius. It's a much abused word these days – describe everyone and everything from Charles Darwin to round tea bags. But what exactly is it? And how easy is it to be one these days anyway? The comedian and film-maker Dave Gorman looks at two shining examples of genius to see if he could have thought of them first (if only it hadn't been for those pesky Babylonians)

Pandora: Archer goes for on-screen 'Glory'

If Jack Straw presses ahead with plans to ban former convicts from the House of Lords, Jeffrey Archer may well find himself at something of a loose end.

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