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Climbers died after summiting tough Canada peak: official

Montr - Three world-renowned professional mountaineers killed by an avalanche in the Canadian Rocky Mountains had reached the summit of difficult Howse Peak and lost their lives on the descent, Parks Canada said on Monday.

Bodies of three mountaineers found in Canada

Montr - The bodies of three world-renowned professional mountaineers -- two Austrians and an American -- were found Sunday after they went missing during an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the national parks agency said.

One dead after Swiss avalanche, rescue search paused

Geneva - One person engulfed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps has died, police said Wednesday, as rescue operations to find other possible victims were paused after an all-night search.

Skiers feared buried after avalanche at Swiss ski resort

Geneva - An avalanche left four skiers injured Tuesday at a resort in the Swiss Alps where rescue operations went on after dark with police fearing people could still be trapped under the snow.

Avalanche engulfs around a dozen people at Swiss ski station

Geneva - An avalanche at a ski station in the Swiss Alps engulfed up to a dozen people on Tuesday, a local official and media reports said, with hopes fading of finding survivors in a disaster that hit a resort busy with skiers on school holidays.

Avalanches in Alps kill at least 10

Rome - A series of avalanches in the Alps over the weekend killed at least 10 people, emergency services and media reported.The heaviest toll was in Italy's northwestern Aosta Valley, with five people killed and one missing from three different avalanches.

Two die in French Alps while setting avalanche control charges

Grenoble - Two employees at a ski resort in the French Alps died on Sunday when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off, mountain rescue experts said.

Five dead, two missing in snow-struck Austria

Vienne - Three skiers and two snowshoe hikers have died as heavy snow and avalanches hit Austria, isolating several areas of the mountainous country, authorities said Monday.

Kiwi who dug out of avalanche 'absolutely broken' as German guides killed

Wellington - A climber who dug herself out to safety after being buried by an avalanche in New Zealand said Wednesday she was "absolutely broken" by the deaths of two German guides in the accident.

Renowned mountain doctor killed in French avalanche

Lyon - A French emergency doctor and mountain guide whose high-altitude work earned him the nickname "Doctor Vertical" was killed Monday in an avalanche in the Alps, rescuers said.

Three Spaniards die in Swiss avalanche

Geneva - Three Spanish cross-country skiers died after being engulfed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps, police said Sunday.

Four skiers feared dead after Swiss avalanche

Geneva - Four people were feared dead Saturday after an avalanche hit the Swiss ski area of Vallon d'Arbi, with one body already recovered and rescue workers searching for three others.

Two Spanish skiers killed in Pyrenean avalanche

Toulouse - Two Spanish skiers were killed Saturday when an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in southwestern France, rescue services said.

Four skiers dead in French Alps avalanche

Nice - At least four skiers were killed Friday in an avalanche in the French Alps, the deadliest of the winter so far, police said.

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Heavy snowfall strands 13,000 tourists in Swiss Alps

Zermatt - Heavy snowfall has cut off many villages and resorts across the Alps, trapping some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, officials said Tuesday.

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt

Geneva - Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said Tuesday.

Avalanche in French Alps leaves three dead

Lyon - A late-season avalanche killed two skiers and their guide in the French Alps near the Italian border Tuesday, local officials said.The avalanche struck in the Albaron area, the mayor of nearby Bonneval-sur-Arc, Gabriel Blanc, told AFP.

Six investigated over Italy avalanche tragedy

Rome - Italian authorities on Thursday placed six people, including senior local officials, under criminal investigation over the avalanche that engulfed the Rigopiano hotel in January, killing 29 people.

Colombia mudslides kill more than 200, sweep homes away

Mocoa - Rescuers clawed through piles of mud and twisted debris Sunday searching for survivors after violent mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more.

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Toukyo - An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more.

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Toukyo - An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more.

Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

Toukyo - An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more.

Two dead as avalanches strike French Alps

Lyon - A Dutch snowboarder and a skier have been killed and two other people are missing after a series of avalanches in the French Alps following heavy snowfall, local officials said Wednesday.

Avalanche rattles skiers in French Alps, none hurt

Tignes - An avalanche forced skiers to jump out of their skis Tuesday at the popular French Alps resort of Tignes but no one was seriously injured, a local official said.

At least three killed in Italian avalanche

Rome - At least three people were dead, two were missing and several others injured after two avalanches in off-piste sections of the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Thursday, rescuers said.

Four dead in massive French Alps avalanche

Lyon - A French father and son, as well as his half-brother and their guide died Monday in the French Alps after being swept away by a giant avalanche while snowboarding in the popular resort of Tignes, officials said.

Afghan death toll from heavy snowfall, avalanches hits 191

Kabul - The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas.

Afghans dig with 'any tools possible' for avalanche survivors

Kabul - Afghan villagers were digging with shovels and whatever else they could find in a desperate race Tuesday to save survivors days after avalanches buried whole villages in the mountainous north and east.

Afghans dig with 'any tools possible' for avalanche survivors

Kabul - Afghan villagers were digging with shovels and whatever else they could find in a desperate race Tuesday to save survivors days after avalanches buried whole villages in the mountainous north and east.
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