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Politically charged Mount Everest torch relay starting to take shape

Updated: September 20, 2007, 10:13 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Chinese mountaineers will carry the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest, making the final assault on the world's tallest peak from a staging camp some 500 yards from the summit, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.

The head of China's mountaineering team, Wang Yongfeng, said plans for the Everest leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Olympics were being finalized, the Xinhua report said. From base camp at 17,000 feet, the torch will be taken ...

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