Pakistan

Nepali climber summits world's 14 tallest mountains in record time

 Nirmal Pirja
Courtesy: Nirmal Pirja

A 36-year-old Nepali climber named Nirmal Purja has reached the summit of the world's 14 highest mountains (all at least 26,350 feet tall) in just over six months.

Why it matters: The fastest previous ascent of all 14 peaks — which are all in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges that stretch across China, India, Nepal and Pakistan — took nearly eight years. He smashed the record to smithereens. Purja credits his endurance to his natural physiology and his intense military training. Prior to attempting this feat, he spent 10 years in the British special forces.

Train fire in Pakistan kills at least 71

Firefighters work to cool down the burnt-out train carriages.
Firefighters cool down the burnt-out train carriages on Oct. 31. Photo: Waleed Saddique/AFP via Getty Images

At least 71 people died Thursday after a cooking stove onboard a train in Pakistan exploded and engulfed multiple carriages in flames, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: Train accidents have become frequent on the country's railways as a result of poor maintenance, corruption and lax safety standards. Pakistani officials recorded at least 80 accidents between July 2018 and July 2019.

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