Sandra Zeisberg is one of the few women daring enough to become an industrial climber. After spending close to a decade working as a nurse, she's looking forward to the challenges of her newfound profession.
Nepal has extended the permits of climbers who were unable to climb Mount Everest last year due to an earthquake-triggered avalanche in hopes of bringing back western climbers to the world's highest peak.
Nepal's government has opened Mount Everest to climbers for the first time since the deadly April earthquake. A Japanese mountaineer is now set to start his climb to the top of the world during the risky autumn season.
Cone-pickers at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains risk their lives collecting seeds for the native fir trees that adorn many a German living room at Christmas. Producers are now taking steps to improve safety.
Germany's Christian Democrats want more diversity and believe more Muslims in their party will make the Union more open. DW's Volker Wagener believes there is a lot of self-interest involved in this mini-revolution.
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