One-legged man climbs peak
A Hungarian climber who lost his right leg in a climbing accident last year has scaled the world’s fourth-highest mountain with a prosthetic leg, his expedition said. Romanian-born Zsolt Eross, 43, who in 2002 became the first Hungarian to reach the top of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, reached the 8,516m peak of Lhotse on Saturday. New Zealander Mark Inglis set the gold standard among amputee climbers in 2006, when he became the first double amputee to summit Everest.
Widow wins rights to sperm
A woman yesterday won a court battle to use her dead husband’s sperm to have a baby in a landmark case in New South Wales, where in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is banned without consent of the donor. Jocelyn Edwards, 40, and husband Mark had discussed fertility treatment after she failed to fall pregnant and they were due to sign IVF consent forms on Aug. 6 last year. However, the husband died in a workplace accident the day before. His sperm was collected after his death and his widow has been fighting since then to win control over it. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Robert Hulme found in her favour as the administrator of her late husband’s estate. However, she cannot have the sperm inseminated in New South Wales. “It’s the right decision. Mark would be so happy, we’re going to have our baby. That’s what I plan to do,” Edwards told reporters outside the court. “I just want to get past today, enjoy the moment. It’s been a long, long, long, difficult time,” she added.
UN probing nuclear crisis
A team of specialists from the UN atomic watchdog arrived yesterday to join other international experts investigating Japan’s nuclear crisis. A six-strong delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flew to Tokyo’s Narita airport from Vienna in preparation for a fact-finding mission from May 24 to June 2. In all, a 20-member mission will compile a report on the emergency to be presented to IAEA member states next month at a ministerial-level conference in Vienna.
Bomb kills one, wounds four
An officer was killed and four soldiers were wounded in a roadside bombing in the Logar region of Afghanistan on Sunday, the army said. An army spokesman said an army humanitarian convoy was hit, naming the dead officer as Majed Omar Abu Kudairi. The lives of the four soldiers wounded were not in danger. The country says it has troops in Afghanistan on a no-combat humanitarian mission, and it has since last year undertaken the training of Afghan police at the request of NATO. However, it admits having fought the Taliban in Afghanistan after a suicide bombing carried out by a Jordanian militant in January last year that killed six CIA members and an officer in the country’s intelligence service.
Mining accidents kill 13
Thirteen people were killed in two coal mine accidents on the weekend, state media said yesterday, the latest fatal incidents to strike the nation’s notoriously dangerous collieries. In Hunan Province, seven people were killed and one injured late on Sunday in a gas accident at a mine in Lengshuijiang, Xinhua reported. Earlier on Sunday, six people were killed and 27 hurt in a similar incident in Sichuan Province. Nearly 200 people were working at the mine in Rongxian county at the time, but most escaped.