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The Everest Climber Whose Traffic Jam Photo Went Viral

The photograph of a traffic jam of climbers leading to the summit of Mount Everest in May went viral, evidence of the mountain’s surging appeal among thrill-seekers and the overcrowding that has caused deaths and pollution. The photographer — Nirmal Purja, known as Nims — is a Nepalese mountaineer who …

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Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Facebook: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re looking at clues from the Saudi oil attack site and fires in Indonesia. We also have an interactive exploration of our love/hate relationship with work. Teasing apart clues in the Saudi oil attack U.S. intelligence analysts and …

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Indonesian Wildfires Choke Region in Blanket of Smoke

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people. About 80 percent of the fires were set intentionally to clear forestland for palm plantations, officials said, and poorly …

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