2 missing U.S. climbers found dead in Peru
LIMA, Peru – Searchers have found the bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who died on their way down from a glacier-capped Peruvian peak in mid-July.
Rescue coordinator Ted Alexander said a three-man team found the bodies of 29-year-old Gil Weiss and 32-year-old Ben Horne on Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca range on Saturday. He said they died in a fall off a ridge after summiting the 20,000-foot west peak.
Alexander estimated the men fell nearly 1,000 feet.
He says it should not be too difficult to remove the bodies of Weiss, from Queens, N.Y., and Horne, of Annandale, Virginia, and that can hopefully be done today.
Egypt’s president faces backlash from allies
CAIRO – An alliance of pro-democracy advocates on Saturday criticized Egypt’s new Islamist president for unilaterally choosing a prime minister with no track record, while leading without transparency and alienating political groups with liberal leanings.
The National Front alliance – an umbrella group of democracy advocates, secularists and moderate Islamists behind the uprising that drove longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak from power last year – said Mohammed Morsi has reneged on campaign promises to form a national unity government.
On Tuesday, Morsi surprised the country by choosing an unknown technocrat and former water minister, Hesham Kandil, as his prime minister. Many advocates see Kandil, a U.S.-educated engineer in his 40s, as a political lightweight.
The new government faces a mounting crisis amid alarming lawlessness, a flagging economy, and public frustration.