Planeteer: Cosmetic surgery in Nepal, Chelyabinsk meteorite in Vienna, ice-age mammoth tusk in Seattle

Matterhorn. Image by Christopher Michel / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet’s Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Nepal, the Chelyabinsk meteorite goes on display in Vienna, and an ice-age mammoth tusk is unearthed in Seattle.

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Matterhorn. Image by Christopher Michel / CC BY 2.0

Missing British climber’s body found on the Matterhorn
After more than 30 years missing, the body of British climber Jonathan Conville has been recovered from the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps at Zermatt. He was climbing with a friend in 1979 when bad weather closed in and he could not be found. A rescue helicopter pilot spotted human bones on the Matterhorn in August last year, and they have now been recovered and identified as those of the British climber. Read more:

Albania introduces two-year hunting ban
The government of Albania has approved a new law that bans all hunting in the country for a period of two years. Hunting licenses and use of hunting areas are suspended. According to environmentalists, novelist Jonathan Franzen’s article about the slaughter of songbirds in the Mediterranean, published in National Geographic in July 2013, affected the decision. Read more:

Istanbul airport construction stalled
Construction on a controversial third airport in Istanbul has been halted following objections from local residents. Work is likely to stop on the €22 billion project for at least 10 months while the court deals with questions raised about the environmental impact of the development. If completed as planned, the airport will be one of the world’s largest in terms of passenger numbers. Read more:

Chelyabinsk meteorite on display at Vienna’s Natural History Museum
The largest surviving fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia last year will go on display at Vienna’s Natural History Museum on 15 February. The museum secured the fragment after an international bidding war. The Chelyabinsk meteor entered the earth’s atmosphere on 15 February 2013 at 12 miles per second before exploding into a fireball that burned 30 times brighter than the sun for a short moment. Read more:

Bucharest architecture. Image by Gabriel / CC BY 2.0

Romania makes Unesco’s ‘black list’ for patrimony demolition
Romania is on Unesco’s ‘black list’ for patrimony demolition, according to some NGOs. Unesco’s council for historic monuments and sites (Icomos) has produced a report that asks Romanian authorities to stop demolishing buildings of historical and architectural significance. The report comes after recent demolitions in Bucharest were carried out to make room for new roads. Read more:

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