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    Agence France Presse -- English
    September 7, 2006 Thursday 6:58 PM GMT

    Italian climber dies on Mount Ararat: agency

    ANKARA, Sept 7 2006

    An Italian woman has died on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and a
    second mountaineer is missing, the Anatolia news agency reported on

    The Italian, whose identity was not immediately known, was part of an
    11-strong team which reached the 5,136-metre (16,850 feet) summit on
    Tuesday and was caught in a blizzard at a height of around 4,200
    meters while descending, officials in the province of Agri told

    The woman died after she lost her footing and fell, while a second
    member of the team, whose details were not immediately known, was
    missing, the agency reported.

    The mountaineers contacted the local authorities by mobile telephone
    and a search-and-rescue team was dispatched to help them.

    The group had not notified the authorities of their expedition,
    officials told Anatolia.

    Mount Ararat (Agri in Turkish) is located in Turkey's easternmost
    region, where the borders of Iran, Armenia and the Azerbaijani
    exclave of Nakhchivan meet.

    Most of it is a closed military zone and mountaineers need special
    permission from the Turkish authorities for expeditions on the