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Ukraine pressed European leaders Monday to send peacekeepers to stabilise the war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city. Top European Union officials landed in Kiev for a key summit with the former Soviet state as it faces off against separatists in the east, whom its Western allies accuse Russia of backing. The EU leaders pressured Ukraine's government to speed up anti-corruption reforms to clean up Ukrainian politics and business in return for closer ties with the bloc. You can count on their help, but it will not be enough unless you yourself change Ukraine," said EU president Donald Tusk.
In this photo provided to The Associated Press by Azim Afif, a helicopter prepares to leave base camp at Mount Everest to rescue people from the smaller camps 1 and 2 higher up the world's highest mountain. Afif and four other climbers from the University of Technology, Malaysia survived the avalanche that struck base camp after Saturday's powerful earthquake. At least 30 tents were flattened in the sprawling village of climbers, guides and porters that forms each spring during Nepal's most popular climbing season. The Nepal Mountaineering Association says at least 18 people died at base camp and 61 were injured. Numerous climbers were said to be stranded at higher elevations, though they were not believed to be in further danger.