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Carlos Santana Says Band Has Recorded an “Absolutely Incredible” Album with Ron Isley

Courtesy of Santana IVSantana‘s new studio album, Santana IV, not only features a reunion of most of the influential Latin-rock band’s original members, but also a guest appearance by legendary soul/R&B singer Ron Isley, who lends his talents to a pair of tunes. However, Carlos Santana recently revealed that those tunes — “Love Makes the World Go Round” and “Freedom in Your Mind” — are just the tip of the iceberg from the collaboration.

“In the fall, we recorded 16 songs with Ronnie Isley, and they’re absolutely incredible,” Carlos told ABC Radio.

The guitar great then went on to shower praise on Isley, placing his name alongside some of the iconic music artists of his time.

“I’m not afraid to say that he is more important to me or as important to me as the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate,” gushed Carlos. “Ronnie Isley is that magnanimous of a singer. When you’re in the room and you hear him sing…like Pavarotti or Placido Domingo, those notes are coming from way down there in the earth and all the way in the sky. He is supremely important, and anyone who’s alive right now is already blessed they were alive with him, you know, like a [John] Coltrane or a Miles Davis.”

Santana says his appreciation of Isley’s music dates back to The Isley Brothers‘ classic original 1962 version of “Twist and Shout.”

The Beatles came and invaded us at The Ed Sullivan Show singing ‘Twist and Shout,’ [but it was] nowhere as good as The Isley Brothers,” Carlos maintained. “I mean, let’s just be fair, OK? It was cute and it was nice, but it was not the same thing. When you hear Ronnie Isley sing ‘Twist and Shout,’…it was like, ‘Dang!’ you know?”

While no release date has been announced yet for Santana’s collaborative album with Isley, Carlos recently told Billboard that it likely will arrive in the fall of this year.

As previously reported, Santana IV features contributions from original singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello, as well as from Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who was a member of Santana during the early 1970s. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200.

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Rare David Bowie Music to Be Featured in New Episode of UK Documentary Series

Credit: Jimmy KingA new documentary scheduled to air on British television in July will feature a variety of previously unreleased David Bowie recordings, NME reports. The show will be the second episode of a four-part series titled The People’s History of Pop that premiered on the BBC4 channel last month.

A BBC rep confirmed to NME that the program, which is “still being made,” will include “some rare and special Bowie material in it.”

The show’s host, Danny Baker, was given access to various rare songs by Bowie collector and biographer Kevin Cann. Among the rarities expected to be featured on the show are a demo of Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Oddity” with alternate lyrics and a version of David’s 1967 novelty tune “The Laughing Gnome” that includes some profanity.

Another interesting track that may appear on the show is a version of the French song “Comme D’Habitude,” whose music served as the basis for the Frank Sinatra hit “My Way.” Bowie was one of several songwriters who were asked to write English lyrics to go along with the tune, although the words Paul Anka penned were the ones eventually chosen for the classic tune. David later admitted that “My Way” was an influence on his own memorable song “Life on Mars?”

The People’s History of Pop will focus on music fans’ remembrances spanning from 1956 to 1996. The second episode of the series will cover the late 1960s to the early ’70s. Other artists whose music will be featured in the show include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley and T. Rex‘s Marc Bolan. In preparing the series, the BBC asked U.K. fans to submit memorabilia they collected — including audio, video and photos — to the website BBC.co.uk/mygeneration for use in the program.

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Madonna to Critics of Prince Tribute: “Deal With It!”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCAfter receiving criticism for her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Madonna is hitting back on Instagram.

“Deal with It!” she writes in one post, in apparent reference to the backlash. She adds in a second post, “Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever.”

Prior to Madonna’s performance, a petition was launched on Change.org demanding that other artists be added to the tribute. Then, almost immediately after the Billboard tribute, BET tweeted a promo clip for its own tribute on the upcoming BET Awards and threw some shade Madonna’s way.

“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You,” the promo declared.

The BET Awards airs Sunday, June 26.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“Dancing with the Stars”: Paige VanZant, Ginger Zee & Nyle DiMarco Battle It Out on Finale Pt. 1

Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant perform; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Paige VanZant, Ginger Zee and Nyle DiMarco pulled out all the stops Monday night on the first night of the two-night Dancing with the Stars finale, each performing two routines in their intense contest to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

At the end of the night, Paige VanZant was leading the pack in judges’ scores.

The stars each had to do a “redemption routine,” in which they reprised a previous dance to show how much they’d improved. They also had to perform an all-important freestyle, which has generally had tremendous significance in determining the overall winner of the competition.

The finalists will perform a third routine Tuesday night — the 24-hour fusion challenge. This challenge, along with the judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week and this week, will be combined to determine the champion.

Co-host Tom Bergeron said the voting so far had been the closest in any DWTS finale.

TONIGHT’S ROUTINES

Ginger Zee
Redemption routine:
Performing with a back injury, the Good Morning America meteorologist was able to impress the three judges with her evocative contemporary routine. Head judge Len Goodman said it was “amazing,” while Bruno Tonioli said the routine showed how much Zee has blossomed as a dancer. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was “really impressed” with the strategy. Scores: 9,10,9: 28/30.

Freestyle: Zee’s ballroom freestyle -– which channeled old Hollywood musical production films -– impressed judges even more. Goodman said Zee showed her versatility, and Inaba said this type of routine was where Zee shone the brightest. Tonioli said he “absolutely adored” the number, adding that it brought back to life the legacy of dance greats Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Scores: 10,10,10: 30/30.

Nyle DiMarco
Redemption routine:
The deaf model and actor reprised his previous quickstep, and even though judges pointed out that he was out of sync at certain points in the routine, they had high praise for him. Tonioli said the routine was “like an exhilarating ride on the Pony Express,” and Inaba said it was “a great dance” for DiMarco. Goodman agreed that the routine was “a little bit hectic in places,” but added to DiMarco: “You’re one heck of a dancer.” Scores: 9, 9, 9: 27/30.

Freestyle: DiMarco wanted his contemporary routine to represent deaf people, but at the end of the stirring performance that earned him a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience, Goodman said it was a dance for everyone. “Nyle, you’re a very special person and that was a very special dance,” Goodman said. Tonioli was moved to tears. “That was beyond dancing; that was a work of art…,” he said. Inaba offered her highest praise, telling DiMarco: “I have to say, in 22 seasons that is the best dance I have ever seen…I see a man who’s proving that he can change the world through dance, and I love that.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30.

Paige VanZant
Redemption routine
: The UFC fighter reprised her salsa with a rapid, red-hot number that had Inaba likening her to a “meteor shower just raining down on us.” Inaba said it was clear that VanZant was still getting better and better, saying the fighter had brought her “A-plus” game. Goodman earned some boos when he said the routine didn’t have the hip action required of the dance style – although he praised the performance itself, and Tonioli was the most enthusiastic yet. “Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!” he said, praising VanZant’s footwork and telling her she was bursting with sex appeal. Scores: 10, 9, 10: 29/30.

Freestyle: VanZant’s poignant contemporary freestyle, which demonstrated her triumph over being bullied, caused tears to flow again on the judges’ panel. Inaba told VanZant that her performance showed how dance heals, and Tonioli said the routine was “really a triumph on a night of creative and artistic excellence.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30. 

Judges’ Scores (1st dance, 2nd dance. Total)

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 29; 30. Total: 59

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 28; 30. Total: 58

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 27; 30. Total: 57

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“The Bachelorette”: JoJo Meets Her Suitors — and a Surprise Visitor

Nick B. and JoJo Fletcher on “The Bachelorette”; ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — JoJo Fletcher’s first night as “The Bachelorette” on Monday night was filled with men, alcohol and a surprise visitor.

On the season premiere of the hit ABC reality series, JoJo, the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor earlier this year, welcomed more than two dozen suitors to the Bachelorette mansion.

The Texas real estate developer, 25, prepared herself by seeking advice from former Bachelorette stars Desiree Hartsock, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Ali Fedotowsky.  The trio agreed that the men would be more nervous the first night than JoJo would be. Ali suggested that JoJo choose the guys she really likes, and ignore them for a week so she can learn more about the rest.

After JoJo made the trip to the mansion, the arrivals by the bachelors began. As usual, they were a mix of sweet and weird. Among the men who emerged from the limos:

— Former pro quarterback Jordan, a.k.a  the brother of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers. He pointed out to JoJo that his parents got engaged a few months after they met, and have been married for 36 years.

— Will brought note cards to read from during his introduction to JoJo, but he dropped them on the ground and mixed them up.

— Jonathan wore a kilt, but his get-up wasn’t as strange as that of Nick B., who was dressed as Santa Claus.

— Wells, a radio DJ, was accompanied by the R&B group All-4-One, who sang their hit “I Swear.”

— Luke rode in on a “unicorn” — a white horse with a “horn” on its head.

Several of the men were feeling jittery around JoJo, so she initially found it challenging to make a meaningful connection. That changed during a one-on-one conversation with Jordan, with whom she later shared a romantic kiss — after a very awkward and quick smooch with Will. Jordan ended up with the first impression rose.

The alcohol was flowing throughout the night, making things interesting for JoJo.  Daniel, a Canadian, drank a little too much — he poked another bachelor’s belly button, then striped down to his underwear and jumped in the pool.

As if that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, JoJo was interrupted by a couple of the men while trying to do on-camera interviews.

At the start of the rose ceremony, JoJo was interrupted by a special guest — Jake Pavelka, the former “Bachelor” whose engagement to Vienna Girardi in the 2010 season fell apart quickly. But he wasn’t aiming to join the competition and turn his longtime friendship with JoJo into something more. He pulled her aside and told her, “I want love…for you,” before offering advice. 

With that out of the way, the rose ceremony resumed, with “Santa Claus” and Daniel among those getting roses. Six men were eliminated, including Jonathan the kilt wearer.

The new Bachelorette season continues next Monday night on ABC.

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“The Voice”: The Finalists Perform Three Times

Hannah Huston performs on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The season-10 finale of The Voice began Monday night with the remaining four artists taking the stage in hopes of winning the viewers’ votes — and a recording contract.

Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake Shelton; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina Aguilera; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell Williams; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam Levine performed a cover, a duet with a coach, and a brand-new original song they wrote themselves.

Laith kicked off the show with a rockin’ rendition of “White Room” by Cream. Blake admitted that he was wrong when he told Laith earlier in the season to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing. Adam raved about his artist’s “purity of spirit and heart.”

Alisan was up next with her original song, a ballad titled “Down That Road.” Adam suggested that, if she were to be judged purely on her voice, Alisan deserves to win the competition. Blake called her the “real deal.” Christina seconded what Adam said, declaring Alisan “the epitome of The Voice.”

Adam Wakefield teamed up with his coach, Blake, for a duet of “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings.

Hannah’s cover had her put a slower, piano- and strings-driven spin on The Police tune “Every Breath You Take.” Adam said he loves the original version so much, and was scared to hear Hannah’s take, but he thought it was “awesome.” Blake added that it was risky, but he believes it will pay off. Crediting the house band for the arrangement, Pharrell said it was “genius” for Hannah to take the song to a different but beautiful place.

Laith returned to the stage for his duet with his coach, Adam, who sat it on drums. Together, they performed a Beatles/Abbey Road medley that included “Carry That Weight” and “The End.”

Alisan and her coach, Christina, followed with their own duet, tackling “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King.

Adam Wakefield pulled out his guitar for his original song, the country tune “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.” Adam Levine thought it was cool that the contestant was able to perform his own song for millions of viewers. Blake was touched by the lyrics, describing them as “so good.” He said the song reminded him of something the late Keith Whitley would have recorded.

Pharrell stepped onto the stage with Hannah for their duet. They sang “Brand New,” Pharrell’s song with Justin Timberlake.

Laith’s original composition was a bluesy song titled “Morning Light.” Pharrell praised the chord changes. Adam said Laith fills the room with joy.

Adam Wakefield sat behind the piano for his cover, “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill. Christina was impressed by his ad-libs and his runs. Blake complimented him on his taste in making those runs.

Hannah capped her night with an energetic song titled “I Call the Shots.” Pharrell said her calling the shots was all her, and he’s proud of her.

For the final performance of the night, Alisan belted out Barbra Streisand’s version of the West Side Story tune “Somewhere.” Christina was brought to tears, telling the audience how hard Alisan has been working.

The new Voice champ will be announced Tuesday night. The two-hour results show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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NATIONAL NEWS

TSA Security Head Removed from Post

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Kelly Hoggan, the Transportation Security Administration’s head of security, has been removed from his post, according to an internal memo and the House Oversight Committee.

Even after TSA failed to catch fake bombs and banned weapons smuggled through checkpoints by undercover investigators, Hogan received bonuses totaling $90,000, causing widespread outrage among lawmakers.

 

Deputy Assistant Administrator Darby LaJoye will temporarily take Hoggan’s place, according to the TSA internal memo, which does not name Hoggan.

LaJoye will take the reins as the TSA grapples with long lines and a stagnant workforce nationwide.


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Muslim Kids Read Letters Sent From Japanese Internment Camps and It’s Eerily Resonant

Courtesy Frank Chi(WASHINGTON) — In a new film to be shown at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building over Memorial Day weekend, filmmaker Frank Chi attempts to help us learn from our darker moments in American history by juxtaposing them with the present.

The result is a heartbreaking resonance of past and present.

Chi filmed Muslim kids reading letters to Japanese-American survivors of the World War II internment camps. The letters were written by children in the internment camps, at a time when discrimination against Japanese Americans ran high. Many of the sentiments expressed in the letters sound eerily similar to the xenophobia that Muslim kids in America face today, more than 70 years later.

“We all know that there are people all over the world who hate certain races and they just can’t help it,” one of the letters in the film states, “but I’m sure when this war is over, there will be no racial discrimination, and we won’t have to doubt for a minute the great principles of democracy.”

Chi, the film’s director, told ABC News, “The idea sort of came to me at the end of last year, right after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, and then when we had our very discouraging debate about Syrian refugees.”

Rep. Mike Honda, D-California, “said to me many years ago that the Islamophobia he hears today reminds him of what he heard growing up as a Japanese American,” Chi said. “This is something that a lot of survivors of these camps say.”

“The idea is powerful when you think about putting those two moments in history together,” Chi said, “I have been in a million film shoots before, and I’ve never cried on set before this.”

“Hate can be like a fungus, it just spreads. There needs to be moments when you see hate coming back into our politics, when you need to really remind people that we are talking about human beings here,” Chi told ABC News. “It’s important to respond to hate with love, and that to me is what this film does.”

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Two Plane Crashes Within 2 Hours Kill 5 in Hawaii

iStock/Thinkstock(LIHUE, Hawaii) — In separate incidents, two planes crashed in Hawaii Monday morning, authorities said.

The first crash, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time, killed all five adults on-board the Cessna 182H taking off for a skydiving trip, going down shortly after departure from Port Allen Airport on the island of Kauai, according to Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

The plane held a pilot, two instructors and two jumpers, likely preparing for a tandem jump over the island, Sakahara said.

The crash caused a brush fire just outside the fence line of the airport, where one of the victims was transported to a local hospital before being pronounced dead, authorities said.

Kauai Fire Department said the plane belonged to Skydive Kaua. The company did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The second crash occurred under more unclear circumstances, but with less grim results.

According to Honolulu EMS, the separate accident occurred about 2 hours later when a 56-year-old pilot and his 52-year-old female passenger crashed just yards off the shore of the island of Oahu. Both were rescued by Ocean Safety lifeguards and brought to shore. They both survived the crash. One had injuries, but was declared stable.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told ABC News the Beechcraft Sundowner experienced engine trouble while inbound to Honolulu International Airport and landed just off of Makaha Beach.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate both crashes, according to Gregor and the NTSB.

Sakahara confirmed the second crash and told ABC News the weather appeared clear Monday morning.

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SPORTS NEWS

Whelen Engineering Named Ryan Newman’s Primary Sponsor for This Weekend’s Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Newman’s primary sponsor at this weekend’s Sprint Cup race will be Whelen Engineering Co.

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Whelen Engineering, the “Official Warning Lights of NASCAR,” will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet SS for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday.

This is the first time RCR has partnered with Whelen in the Cup Series.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 5/23/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Detroit 5, Philadelphia 4
Miami 7, Tampa Bay 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kansas City 10, Minnesota 4
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
Oakland 5, Seattle 0
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 1, San Diego 0
Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3
N-Y Mets 7, Washington 1
St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Toronto 105, Cleveland 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

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LeBron James Will Pay Dahntay Jones’ $80 Fine for Groin Punch

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James has offered to pay for Cavaliers teammate Dahntay Jones’ NBA fine after he punched Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final moments of Game 3.

James told Cleveland.com he would “take care of” the $80.17 fine, which is worth 1/110 of Jones’ 2015-16 salary (his salaray is about $8,800 because he was signed on the last day of the regular season).

“It is what it is, man,” Jones, who was also suspended for one game, told ESPN Monday about the punishment. “Can’t get too upset about it. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”

Jones will be out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night against the Raptors.

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WORLD NEWS

Meet ‘Vietnam’s Lady Gaga’

ABC News(HANOI, Vietnam) — She is known as “Vietnam’s Lady Gaga.”

Singer Mai Khoi has developed a reputation not only for her unique performances, but also — and perhaps more so — for her political activism.

“I use my music to influence people, to raise awareness about democracy and human rights,” Khoi told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.

The 32-year-old singer has made it her mission to advocate for the rights of free speech and expression in her country.

Khoi insists she is “telling the government to change,” rather than criticizing it. But she noted what she said where there’s been several instances of repression of her music and, thus, her message.

“Freedom is a very sensitive word here,” Khoi told Woodruff.

Artists have to ask permission before singing or performing in Vietnam, Khoi says, and many of her shows have been shut down by the police.

But that hasn’t stopped her.

Khoi has taken her concerts to secret venues and broadcast them out to the world on Facebook. When she was barred from the ballot after running in the country’s parliamentary elections, Khoi said, she remained undeterred.

She petitioned to meet one of the most powerful people in the world: President Obama. Her pursuit became a reality Tuesday during the president’s visit to Vietnam.

Khoi sat next to Obama during a meeting with members of civil society in Hanoi, as he pressed the Vietnamese government to improve their record on human rights.

“Obama cares about democracy and human rights,” Khoi said. “It’s hard to say” how the Vietnamese government would react to their meeting, but Khoi seemed undeterred by the suggestion of backlash.

“I have to do what I think is true,” she said.

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In a Major Address, Obama Makes Case for Human Rights to Thousands in Vietnam

HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images(HANOI, Vietnam) — President Obama sent a message to the government of Vietnam Tuesday — make improvements on human rights in order to succeed as a nation.

He made his case in a speech to thousands in Hanoi, just one day after meeting with Vietnamese leaders.

“Nations are more successful when universal rights are upheld,” the president said, saying countries prosper when they embrace freedom of expression, speech and assembly.

The president relayed the same message during a meeting with civil society groups. Obama said some activists were blocked from attending the meeting.

“There were several other activists who were invited that were prevented from coming,” he said. “There are some folks who find it very difficult to assemble and organize peacefully around issues that they care deeply about.”

The president didn’t say who blocked the activists from attending, but did say this to Vietnam’s government:

“It’s my hope that the government of Vietnam comes to recognize what we’ve recognized and what so many countries around the world have recognized, and that is that it’s very hard to prosper in this modern economy if you haven’t fully unleashed the potential of your people,” he said.

Sitting right next to President Obama was singer and songwriter Mai Khoi — known as the “Lady Gaga of Vietnam.”

She attempted to run in last week’s National Assembly election, but was blocked from the ballot.

ABC’s Bob Woodruff interviewed Khoi ahead of her meeting with the president.

“I use my music to influence the people to raise awareness in democracy and human rights,” she said.

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Three Dead, Two Still Missing Climbing Mount Everest

iStock/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three climbers have died and two others are still missing after attempting to climb Mt. Everest, officials confirm to ABC News Tuesday morning.

Among the dead are Dutch climber, Eric Arnold, 35; Austrian climber, Maria Strydom, 34, and Indian climber Subhash Paul, 43. All three died of altitude sickness, according to Nepal Tourism official, Gyanendra Shrestha.

ABC News previously reported that four climbers were killed, but the Sherpa who had been reported to have died on Mt. Everest was actually in Mt. Lhotse at the time, according to Shrestha. Mt. Lhotse is adjoined to Mt. Everest.

Shresta said two more Indian climbers, Paresh Nath, 58, and Goutam Ghosh, 50, are still missing as of Saturday. The deceased Indian climber, Subhash Paul, was part of this group of hikers.

Rescue teams said there have been recurring calls of climbers suffering from altitude sickness, frostbite, falls and injuries.

“The most common cause for death on Everest is the altitude. There’s not enough oxygen there,” said Dan Stretch, a senior specialist in the operations department at Global Rescue, which has evacuated some 30 people since the 2016 climbing season began last month. “The weather can change very quickly. It can be fine one minute and then force winds and heavy snow the next minute.”

The 29,035-foot-high mountain was practically empty the two previous years, after fatal avalanches that canceled expeditions. More than 4,000 climbers have reached the treacherous peak since 1953, when Everest was first scaled by New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

Foreigners from around the world are drawn to Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient temples and, of course, Mount Everest.

The tourism industry, which brings in more than $3 million from Everest climbing fees alone, is Nepal’s chief source of foreign income and contributed almost 9 percent of its GDP in 2014, according to a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council. But the impoverished Himalayan country saw its tourist arrivals drop after deadly twin earthquakes and quake-triggered avalanches last year.

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