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During impeachment trial, Trump will be chilling in Swiss resort

During impeachment trial, Trump will be chilling in Swiss resortFar from feeling the heat, President Donald Trump will be chilling in Davos, a fancy Swiss ski resort, when the Senate hears opening arguments in his impeachment trial next week. Trump is so confident that his Republican party majority will stay loyal that he sees no risk in jetting to Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum on Tuesday, right as lawmakers convene for the historic trial. In Washington, Democratic lawmakers will argue that Trump is a corrupt leader who abused his power by trying to strong-arm Ukraine into a fake investigation aimed at tarnishing a top election rival, Joe Biden.



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Avalanche at Swiss ski resort Andermatt buries 'a number' of people

Avalanche at Swiss ski resort Andermatt buries 'a number' of peopleMountain rescuers and helicopters were searching last night for victims of four avalanches in Austria and Switzerland that injured at least two skiers. More holidaymakers were feared to have been buried under snow, Swiss and Austrian police said. After a big avalanche struck the Swiss resort of Andermatt, emergency workers rescued two people, who were airlifted to hospital with minor injuries. Four other skiers were pulled from the snow unhurt. The slopes were crowded when the avalanche occurred. Stefan Kern, a resort spokesman, said: “It is possible that other people have been buried,” he said. Reto Pfister, a police spokesman, said rescuers were assuming that there could be other victims and would continue searching. A large rescue team with avalanche dogs trained to sniff out people under the snow were combing the slopes at Andermatt, but had found no other other victims by the end of the day.  Three avalanches also came down at the Ankogel resort in Austria, where two off-piste skiers were buried but managed to climb out of the snow. Rescuers were also continuing the search at Ankogel, but had not found anyone by the end of the day, a police spokesman said. The avalanche risk throughout the Alps is at level three on a scale of five, according to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. The threat stems mainly from fresh snow and snowdrifts caused by wind. “A dangerous avalanche can sometimes be triggered by a single skier if conditions are hazardous and there’s a lot of loose snow,” an official said. A skier who narrowly escaped the Andermatt avalanche with his daughter told the online newspaper 20 Minutes: “It happened in a flash. Our only thought was to get a move on to try to get out of the way. We were very lucky. I’m thanking my guardian angel.” He said helicopters arrived minutes after the avalanche, which officials said was about 300 metres (yards) long and 60 metres wide. No one had been reported missing by last night. A Swiss official said: “The police have to keep looking in case there’s anyone else trapped out there, but we’re crossing our fingers and hoping there isn’t. If anyone was missing, their families or friends would usually have notified us by this stage.”



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5 Italian men sentenced to jail for rape of tourist in popular holiday resort

5 Italian men sentenced to jail for rape of tourist in popular holiday resortFive Italian men have been jailed for the gang rape of a British tourist in the popular resort of Meta di Sorrento, south of Naples.



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Five Italians sentenced to jail for gang rape of British tourist in popular holiday resort

Five Italians sentenced to jail for gang rape of British tourist in popular holiday resortFive Italians have been jailed for the gang rape of a British woman in the popular resort of Meta di Sorrento, south of Naples. The men, who were all employees of a hotel where the woman was staying, set up a WhatsApp group after the rape which they called “Bad Habits”. They were accused of slipping the 50-year-old Kent woman a date rape drug and then subjecting her to multiple rapes in the Hotel Alimuri on the night of October 6 2016. They filmed and took photos of the assault and some were identified by tattoos on their bodies. The woman was on holiday with her 25-year-old daughter, who went to bed early on the night the attack happened and was not targeted by the Italians. They were sentenced on Friday to prison terms of between four and nine years by a court in the nearby town of Torre Annunziata. The rapists were named as Gennaro Davide Gargiulo, who was given the heaviest sentence of nine years; Antonino Miniero and Fabio De Virgilio, who were sentenced to eight years; Francesco D’Antonio, who will go to jail for seven years; and Raffaele Regio, who was given a four-year sentence. Sorrento is popular with British tourists Credit: Look The British victim was not in court but had been in “a state of anxiety all day” while awaiting the verdict from a panel of three judges, said Lucilla Longone, her Italian lawyer. She was “delighted” with the tough sentences handed down, her lawyer said. When the sentences were read out there was uproar in court, with the defendants’ families shouting and yelling abuse at the judges. Police officers escorted the judges out of the courthouse through a side entrance as around 30 relatives hurled threats at them. The woman was allegedly given a date-rape drug in a drink that she accepted from two of the Italians on the last night of her holiday. The two barmen then took her to a nearby swimming pool and raped her. They then passed her onto the other men, who raped her in a part of the hotel used as staff accommodation. The men photographed her and later shared the photos on a WhatsApp group that they called “Bad Habits”. The judges will deliver their “motivazione” or explanation of the guilty verdicts within 90 days, as is customary under Italian law. Meta di Sorrento is close to Sorrento, a picturesque town which commands views of the Bay of Naples and is a favoured base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and the island of Capri. When the men were arrested, Costanzo Iaccarino, the head of the local hoteliers' association, said he was appalled by what had happened. "We treat our guests with great care and the British, for us, have always been our preferred visitors. We participate in travel fairs in London every year." Sorrento is so popular with tourists from Britain that one guidebook nicknames it “Eastbourne-on-the-Med”.



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Number of bodies found near Mexican resort town rises to 42

Number of bodies found near Mexican resort town rises to 42Searching Mothers of Sonora uncovered a mass grave with the remains of 13 people inside, located near the popular beach resort town of Puerto Peñasco.



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Kim Orders 'Shabby' South Korean Hotels in Resort Town Destroyed

Kim Orders 'Shabby' South Korean Hotels in Resort Town DestroyedSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Wednesday that its leader, Kim Jong Un, had ordered the demolition of South Korean hotels and other buildings in a resort complex that the two countries once operated together.The resort town at Diamond Mountain, or Kumgang, just north of the inter-Korean border, opened in 1998, at a time of reduced tensions between the Koreas. Until it was closed during a dispute in 2008, it served as a major source of foreign currency for the cash-starved North, frequently hosting South Korean tour groups.Kim said during a recent visit that the South Korean facilities were "shabby" and lacked "national character," comparing them to "makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area," the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.Kim has pressed South Korea to reopen the complex since last year, when he first met with the South's president, Moon Jae-in. But the South said it could only consider doing so as part of a broader agreement between the United States and North Korea to end the North's nuclear weapons program.Kim called for "building new modern service facilities our own way that go well with the natural scenery of Mount Kumgang." He also criticized what he called "the mistaken policy of the predecessors" — a reference to his father, Kim Jong Il, the North's previous dictator — for the decision to "rely on others" for the resort project, meaning the South.Such criticism of the ruling Kim family's policies would be a capital crime for most North Koreans. But since he took power in 2011, Kim Jong Un ​has often broken that tradition, notably by criticizing state-run factories and construction projects​ as unproductive, as he has tried to rebuild his country's economy.A key element of Kim's plan for building a "self-reliant" economy, in the face of international sanctions over his nuclear program, is developing tourism along its scenic east coast and near Mount Baekdu along the Chinese border. Tourism is excluded from the sanctions that the United Nations has imposed on the North.The Diamond Mountain resort was Kim Jong Il's major effort in the tourism sector. He gave the South Korean conglomerate Hyundai the right to build and run a resort town there, in a joint venture with his totalitarian government. Starting in 1998, Hyundai built or renovated hotels, port facilities, restaurants, spas, ​a concert hall and a golf course​ at the scenic spot​.Nearly 2 million South Korean tourists visited before it was closed, helping North Korea earn ​hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when was struggling to recover from a devastating famine.Diamond Mountain was one of the most visible symbols of an era of inter-Korean cooperation that ended in 2008, when a new, conservative ​government​ took power​ in Seoul​. That government, led by President Lee Myung-bak, suspected that the tourist revenue was going to the North's nuclear weapons development. It pulled Hyundai out of the project after a North Korean security guard shot and killed a South Korean tourist who apparently had wandered into a restricted area.Since then, North Korea has occasionally threatened to confiscate and liquidate the shuttered South Korean properties at Diamond Mountain, whose value has been estimated at $ 400 million​. The resort has occasionally been used to host reunions of families separated during the Korean War.North Korea has recently invited tourists from China and other countries to the mountain for hiking trips, according to news reports.On Wednesday, Lee Sang-min, a spokesman for the South's Unification Ministry, said South Korea hoped to hold discussions with North Korea to defend its property rights at the resort. Hyundai said it was closely watching for further developments.​But ​Kim indicated that North Korea was no longer interested in letting South Koreans run the facilities​ again, although they would be welcome to visit​."He said that we will always welcome our compatriots from the South if they want to come to Mount Kumgang, after it is wonderfully built as the world-level tourist destination," the North Korean news agency said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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North Korea's Kim orders demolitions at South-built resort

North Korea's Kim orders demolitions at South-built resortNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has condemned a flagship tourist development with the South as an eyesore and ordered buildings there demolished, state media reported Wednesday, in a stark illustration of dire relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. The Mount Kumgang tourist complex was built by Southern company Hyundai Asan in the North on one of the peninsula’s most scenic mountains, drawing hundreds of thousands of Southern visitors.



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Kim orders South's buildings at resort in North be destroyed

Kim orders South's buildings at resort in North be destroyedNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won’t defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that Kim had visited the resort and described its facilities as “shabby” and lacking national character.



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North Korea leader Kim vows to clear South Korea relics from Kumgang resort

North Korea leader Kim vows to clear South Korea relics from Kumgang resortNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un said South Korean facilities in the North’s Mt Kumgang tourist resort must be removed and rebuilt in a modern way, state media reported on Wednesday, underscoring the cooling of relations between the two countries. Mt Kumgang was one of two major inter-Korean economic projects, along with the Kaesong industrial zone, and an important token of cooperation between the two Koreas during decades of hostilities following the Korean War.



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Hurricane Lorena races north after skirting Mexico's Los Cabos resort

Hurricane Lorena races north after skirting Mexico's Los Cabos resortThe government of Mexico suspended hurricane warnings for parts of the Baja California peninsula as Hurricane Lorena headed north over the Gulf of California on Saturday, after skirting the resort area of Los Cabos. On Saturday morning, Lorena had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (121 km) per hour as it moved north, situated 165 miles south of the northwestern town of Guaymas, the Florida-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a report. The storm doused the Baja California peninsula with strong wind and rain after touching down early Saturday morning, though there were no reports of victims or damages.



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