Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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A huge queue of climbers has formed near the summit of Mount Everest as expedition organisers reported two more deaths.
Lhakpa Sherpa wakes up at 6am every day to walk her two daughters to school, before walking 3km to one of her two jobs to support her family. But she spends her very little spare time training for her annual expedition to the top of the world: Mount Everest.
As other Everest hopefuls were trudging up to base camp in April, Singapore-based Brooks Entwistle was at home, planning his daughter's 13th birthday party and preparing for his company's annual general meeting.
Meet Rupee, the rescue dog from India, who climbed Mount Everest with his owner Joanne Lefson.
Discarded oxygen cylinders, ropes, tents, beer cans and even the remains of a helicopter have been turned into sculpture to highlight waste littering the slopes of Mount Everest.
A promotional stunt by an Irish tech company to bury $100,000 worth of a new cryptocurrency at Everest's summit has been linked to the death of a Sherpa guide, the company has said.
Nearly 450 climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest from the Nepal side in May, officials say, but poor weather and inexperience prevented many others from reaching the top this season.
SIX months of training was coming to an end. The trip to Nepal was around the corner. Then a communiqué from Mountain Experience Nepal.
The 80-year-old Japanese climber who conquered Mount Everest recently says he's seeking a fresh challenge, but not another ascent.
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