Pakistan

Pakistan sentences former leader Pervez Musharraf to death

 Former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 2, 2011 in New York City.
Pakistan's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A court in Pakistan sentenced the country's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf in absentia on Tuesday to death for high treason, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: The ruling in the case of Musharraf, who's been in Dubai since 2016, marks "the first time in Pakistan's 72-year history that a military ruler was tried with high treason for imposing emergency rule and suspending the constitution in 2007," per Bloomberg, which notes he was a key U.S. ally following the 9/11 attacks.

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.