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Street closed after 14th birthday party goes viral

A 14-year-old boy has 50,000 guests signed up to attend his birthday party near the central town of Clermont-Ferrand after his event page went viral on Facebook.

“I’m going to lock up the house. There’ll be no party,” the father of a 14-year-old Benjamin said after news of the party started to spread.

“My son is not organising a party, I want that to be perfectly clear.”

Benjamin wanted to organise a party with a few friends at his grandmother’s home in the village of Chamalières near Clermont-Ferrand to celebrate his birthday, French public radio France Info reports. One of his friends organised a secret event on facebook, which allows guests to invite up to sixty other facebook friends. 

The secret event however went viral and facebook users started relaying the invitation until 50,000 had signed up to attend Benjamin’s party on May 11th. 

Benjamin’s father has cancelled the party and lodged a complaint for impersonation.

The police have taken the Facebook invitation seriously and say they are considering blocking the street where Benjamin’s grandmother lives. They are also considering deploying a police unit on the evening of the cancelled party. 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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