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The Olympic torch relay of Mt. Everest starts

Beijing (PTI): A special Olympic flame has reached the Mount Everest base camp for its ascent to the worlds highest peak in the restive Tibet, which witnessed the worst anti-government protests since 1989.

The flame reached the base camp Sunday, an official with the Mt Qomolangma (Everest) Olympic torch relay said in Tingri County of Tibets Xigaze Prefecture, official Xinhua news agency said.

The torch which reached the camp is separate from the one on the global run, which was today passed through South Korea before it was headed for North Korea. It's passage was marred by protests in London, Paris and San Francisco.

A team of torch bearers would take the flame to the summit on a day when weather permits.

Security personnel have been deployed in good strength at the Base Camp to ward off any possible attempts to disrupt the relay plans on which Beijing has invested much pres

Added: Apr-28-2008 
By: stefan171
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