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If you want to climb Everest, you're going to have to help clean it up

if you've ever thought about climbing Mount Everest, you better pack an extra trash bag. A new rule requires all climbers to bring down eight kilograms of garbage over and above their own trash. Odds are they won't be bringing down banana peals, at least if you believe new research that bananas could be under threat. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Syrian air force pilot defects to Jordan

A Syrian fighter pilot has flown his plane to a military air base in northern Jordan and asked for asylum, in what is believed to be the first defection by a Syrian air force pilot since an uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad broke out 16 months ago.