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  • UPDATE 1-Britain's Prince Andrew denies seeing any sex crimes during time with Epstein

    Britain’s Prince Andrew said on Saturday he never saw or suspected any sex crimes during the time he spent with U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth, issued a lengthy statement saying he wanted to "clarify the facts" around his relationship with Epstein. "At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction," Andrew said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:37:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Turkey says Syria safe zone centre with U.S. fully operational - Anadolu

    A joint Turkish-U.S. operation centre to establish and manage a safe zone in northeast Syria is fully operational, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Saturday by the state-owned Anadolu news agency. Turkey and the United States agreed to set up the joint operations centre for the proposed zone along Syria's northeastern border but gave few details, such as the size of the zone or the command structure of the forces that would operate there. "The joint operation centre has started working at full capacity.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:23:49 -0400
  • Michael Drejka, who invoked 'stand your ground' defense in shooting of unarmed man, guilty of manslaughter

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    Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and initially invoked the controversial "stand your ground" law that earned widespread attention during the trial of Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2013 killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. Just hours after gunning down Markeis McGlockton, Drejka told detectives he opened fire on July 19, 2018, when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground outside a Circle A store in Clearwater and took one step toward him, a scenario the jury apparently rejected after viewing security video multiple times that showed the victim step back when he saw Drejka pull a firearm. "We are incredibly grateful and thankful to the prosecution," McGlockton family attorney Michelle Rayner said following the verdict.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:18:00 -0400
  • Frustrated with event ticketing? New ventures try to help

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    Event organizers hoping to eliminate ticket scams and huge markups in the secondary market are increasingly turning to companies that use technology to allow fans to buy and resell their tickets while putting caps on prices. Partnering with such companies allows event organizers to take control of the resale of their tickets. "As in many other areas of our economy, technology is racing ahead to try and address some of the issues that we and others have identified — and any consumer who has tried to buy a ticket recently can probably attest to," said John Breyault of the National Consumers League.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:08:15 -0400
  • Tunisia's Karoui still presidential candidate despite arrest - electoral commission

    Tunisian police arrested Karoui after a court ordered his detention in a case involving charges of money laundering and tax evasion. The electoral commission said Karoui was still in the race. "As long as there are no changes in his legal status and no final verdict, Nabil Karoui remains a presidential candidate," Nabil Baffoun, the head of the electoral commission, told reporters.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:06:00 -0400
  • The Latest: A leaders' lunch for Trump, Macron in Biarritz

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    President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN') held a private lunch before the start of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz. Macron, who's hosting the summit, said the leaders are discussing "a lot of crisis" around the world, including Libya, Iran and Russia, as well as trade policy and climate change. President Donald Trump has arrived in France for a summit with world leaders.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:51:28 -0400
  • 'Red flag laws' offer tool for preventing some gun violence

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    After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. Family members and police routinely face agonizing decisions when otherwise lawful gun owners reveal an impulse to harm themselves or others, and a more states are enacting laws that let authorities take away their weapons. With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington D.C. have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:33:19 -0400
  • Britain's Prince Andrew denies seeing any sex crimes during time with Epstein

    Britain’s Prince Andrew said on Saturday he never saw or suspected any sex crimes during the time he spent with U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell earlier this month while being held on sex-trafficking charges. British media including the Daily Mail published a picture which it said showed Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, waving goodbye to a woman from inside a Manhattan mansion owned by Epstein.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:29:38 -0400
  • Dayton shooter's friend loses another bid to get out of jail

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    A friend of the Dayton gunman who investigators say bought body armor and an ammunition magazine used in the shooting has lost a second attempt to get out of jail. A federal magistrate judge Friday rejected a request from Ethan Kollie's attorneys to revoke his detention order. The decision comes just a week after the judge turned down a request for Kollie to be released on house arrest.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:00:58 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. The 86-year old justice, who has had previous cancer scares, tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. A Florida man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday for threatening to behead U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:45 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. When Myanmar officials toured refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, inviting Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to return, they brought with them pamphlets adorned with cartoons showing hijab-wearing women passing through checkpoints and happily grasping identity cards. The lawyer for Sudan's ex-president Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Saturday that he will request that Bashir be released on bail as his trial on corruption charges continues.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:44 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental multiple myeloma treatment has shown a meaningful response in patients that have run out of three previous treatment options, in a boost for the British drugmaker's cancer drug business. Two doses of belantamab mafodotin helped subdue the disease in adults who had received three prior treatments for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, GSK said on Friday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:43 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A Bosnian-Dutch film about a girl leaving the Netherlands and returning to her native Bosnia to visit the sick father she has never met was chosen on Thursday as the best movie at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), celebrating its silver jubilee. The jury chaired by Swedish film-maker Ruben Ostlund, whose film "The Square" won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 2017, awarded "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by Bosnian director Ena Sendijarevic with the 16,000 euros ($17,736) Heart of Sarajevo award.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:43 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor to probe the case involving former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to investigate the case. A former publicist for Michael Jackson on Thursday announced plans for a charitable foundation not affiliated with the late pop singer's family or estate, intended to defend and promote the legacy of the controversial entertainer.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:41 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting, a breakthrough they say holds great promise in efforts to restore depleted reefs in the wild. The achievement, announced this week at the Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach near Tampa, borrowed from lab techniques developed at the London-based Horniman Museum and Gardens and used previously to induce spawning of 18 species of Pacific coral, officials said. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:59:41 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Who would be Brexit's Mr No-Deal? Johnson and Tusk trade barbs

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Council head Donald Tusk sparred on Saturday over who would be to blame should Britain leave the EU on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal in place. Tusk told reporters in Biarritz he would be willing to hear ideas from Johnson on how to avoid a no-deal Brexit when the two men meet on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in the French seaside resort. Johnson later retorted that it would be Tusk himself who would carry the mantle if Britain could not secure a new withdrawal agreement.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:56:19 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson says Tusk will be known as 'Mr No Deal' if agreement not changed

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned European Council President Donald Tusk that unless he agrees to change the Brexit divorce deal, Tusk will be known as "Mr No Deal". Johnson was responding to Tusk's earlier comments that he would not cooperate in preparing for on a no-deal Brexit. The prime minister wants the EU to drop the so-called Irish backstop, which is an insurance policy designed to prevent the return of a hard border between the Irish Republic and the British province of Northern Ireland.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:49:43 -0400
  • Sudan's ex-president Bashir's corruption trial to seek bail

    The lawyer for Sudan's ex-president Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Saturday that he will request that Bashir be released on bail as his trial on corruption charges continues. "We are going to ask today that he be released on bail because this is an ordinary case," Ahmed Ibrahim told reporers outside the courtroom. Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:21:51 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-China warns U.S. to stop 'wrong' trade actions or face consequences

    China said on Saturday it strongly opposes Washington's decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences if it does not end its "wrong actions". The comments made by China's Ministry of Commerce came after the U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Washington will impose an additional 5% duty the Chinese goods, hours after Beijing announced its latest retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, in the latest tit-for-tat moves in their bilateral trade dispute. "Such unilateral and bullying trade protectionism and maximum pressure violates the consensus reached by head of China and United States, violates the principle of mutual respect and mutual benefit, and seriously damages the multilateral trade system and the normal international trade order," China's commerce ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:21:39 -0400
  • "So far so good", says Trump after G7 arrival

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he expected a G7 summit in France this weekend to accomplish a lot, adding he had a special relationship with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron even if they had their differences. "We actually have a lot in common, Emmanuel and I. We have been friends for a long time. "So far so good," Trump continued, shortly after his arrival for the three-day summit of major industrialised nations.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 08:19:36 -0400
  • Missile hits Tripoli airport car park, grounding flights for three hours

    A missile hit the car park of Libya's only functioning airport in Tripoli on Saturday, forcing flights to be grounded for almost three hours before operations resumed, the airport and a witness said. The airport said on its website that Mitiga airport "was exposed to a missile, coinciding with the arrival of two flights." Nobody was hurt, a witness said. Mitiga airport has been repeatedly hit since eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take the Libyan capital, now held by the internationally recognised government.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:54:53 -0400
  • Car blast, air strikes hit Syria's Idlib city - monitor

    A car bomb exploded in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Saturday, a war monitor and opposition news channel said, as air strikes hit its outskirts in a government offensive on the last major opposition bastion. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car blew up in the al-Qusoor neighbourhood. Idlib province, of which Idlib is the main city, is in northwest Syria and forms part of the last big rebel stronghold in Syria.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:46:37 -0400
  • China warns U.S. to stop wrong trade actions or face consequences

    China said on Saturday it strongly opposes Washington's decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences if it does not end its "wrong actions". U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Washington will impose an additional 5% duty the Chinese goods, hours after Beijing unveiled its latest retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, in the latest tit-for-tat moves in their bilateral trade dispute. China's commerce ministry said in a statement the United States should not misjudge the situation or underestimate the resolve of the Chinese people.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:45:18 -0400
  • Romanian PM Dancila gets party nod to run for president

    Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD) on Saturday confirmed Prime Minister Viorica Dancila as the party's candidate in a Nov. 10 presidential election that polls show the incumbent centrist Klaus Iohannis winning comfortably. About 1,000 PSD members gathered at a party congress on Saturday and voted unanimously to pick Dancila as the party's sole candidate.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:41:17 -0400
  • Protesters march near Biarritz demanding action from G7 leaders

    Thousands of anti-globalisation and environmental activists joined yellow vest protesters and Basque separatists on Saturday near the French coastal resort of Biarritz to demand action from G7 and other world leaders set to meet there. Protesters converged on the nearby town of Hendaye on the French border with Spain to protest against economic and climate policies pursued by the world's leading industrial nations and to promote alternatives. "The top capitalist leaders are here and we have to show them that the fight continues," said Alain Missana, 48, an electrician wearing a yellow vest -- symbol of the anti-government demonstrations that have been held in France for months.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:33:50 -0400
  • Trump arrives in Biarritz for testing G7 summit

    U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz in southwestern France on Saturday for a G7 summit that will likely expose deep rifts over a clutch of issues such as global trade, climate change and taxing big tech. Trump arrived in Biarritz a day after lashing back at a new round of Chinese tariffs by imposing an additional 5% duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world's two largest economies. Trump also repeated his threat to tax French wines in retaliation for a new French levy on digital services, which the U.S. president says unfairly targets U.S. companies.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:29:24 -0400
  • Germany: Boy, 13, in stepfather's SUV sets off police chase

    A 13-year-old boy driving his stepfather's SUV set off a chase through the German city of Hannover that ended with the teenager driving into a patrol car, police said Saturday. Officers were alerted late Friday evening to a car with what appeared to be a very young driver and its lights switched off. A patrol car located the SUV, but its driver ignored signals for him to stop and headed toward the city center.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:27:26 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-G7 summit to be "a difficult test of unity" -EU's Tusk

    The summit of G7 nations opening on Saturday will be "a difficult test of unity and solidarity" after a year during which leaders of the rich nations have found it hard to find common language, the European Council's president said. Donald Tusk also told a news briefing in Biarritz, France, that trade wars among the seven nations would further erode trust between them. "There is still no certainty on whether the group will be able to find common solutions – and the global challenges are today really serious - or whether to focus on senseless disputes among each other," Tusk told a news conference in Biarritz.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:22:24 -0400
  • Macron to fight to de-escalate trade tensions, encourage stimulus

    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he hoped to convince G7 leaders to pull back from a trade war which is already destabilising economic growth around the world. "(I want) to convince all our partners that tensions, and trade tensions in particular are bad for everybody," Macron told the French in a televised address. "We must succeed in reaching a de-escalation, stabilise things and avoid this trade war which is already taking place everywhere," he added.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 07:05:21 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Ethiopian parliament approves electoral, political parties bill- state broadcaster

    Ethiopia's parliament has approved an electoral and political parties draft bill, the state broadcaster reported on Saturday, paving the way for national elections next year, the first to be held under reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. On August 9 Ethiopia's ruling coalition said it will hold a national election in 2020, defying worries over security and displaced people within the country that had led some to speculate the election might be postponed. "The parliament unanimously approved the revised bill," the Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation (EBC) reported.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 06:32:43 -0400
  • France delays signing of Internet pledge amid US pressure

    France delayed the planned signing of a pledge by Internet platforms to fight hate speech online amid pressure from the United States, a French minister said, adding that he was still hopeful the U.S. will join the initiative. France, which is hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz, was initially hoping to make social media giants sign a so-called "Charter for an Open, Free, and Safe Internet" on Friday, according to the official programme. "The Charter will be signed by major digital stakeholders in Paris on 23 August, before being presented to the G7 States in Biarritz," the programme read.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 06:18:48 -0400
  • "We are hostages": Two years on, Rohingya still in Myanmar trapped by new war

    When Myanmar officials toured refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, inviting Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to return, they brought with them pamphlets adorned with cartoons showing hijab-wearing women passing through checkpoints and happily grasping identity cards. While the majority of Rohingya residents of northwestern Myanmar were driven out by a military campaign that began in August 2017, a scattered community of some 200,000 remained behind in Rakhine state, in villages that were spared the violence. Since late last year, government troops have been battling the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group that recruits from the mostly Buddhist Rakhine, who make up the majority in the region.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 06:18:16 -0400
  • Severe storms possible in central US as Northeast gets early taste of fall

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    More storms should fire along this stationary front both Sunday and Monday as the system slowly begins to slide east. Storms could drop heavy rain from Kansas to Alabama, with 4 inches or more of rain locally through Monday. An area of low pressure over southern Florida Saturday morning is producing tropical rain showers along the Atlantic coast and into parts of the Bahamas.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:59:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-South Africa to publish Eskom plans in next few weeks

    The South African government in the next few weeks will publish a paper outlining how it plans to put troubled state power utility Eskom on a path to long-term stability, the Department of Public Enterprises said on Saturday. Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of the power in Africa's most advanced economy, is reliant on state bailouts to survive and has had to implement rolling power cuts. President Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed a bailout and restructuring, but it is not clear how this will be balanced with political sensitivity to job cuts nor whether it will be enough to fix Eskom's problems.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:53:17 -0400
  • North Macedonia van crash kills migrant; 12 others injured

    North Macedonia police say a 20-year old migrant from Bangladesh was killed and 12 others injured when a van packed with migrants collided with a truck on the main highway in the south. Police said Saturday that a van with 13 migrants hit the rear of the truck near the town of Demir Kapija late Friday and caught fire. Four seriously injured migrants were transferred to clinics in the capital Skopje, while eight others are being treated at a hospital in the town of Kavadarci.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:47:18 -0400
  • Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines charged with 2 counts of murder in botched raid

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    The former Houston police officer who allegedly lied in order to obtain a search warrant for a city residence has been charged with murder after a raid on that home resulted in the deaths of a couple inside. Gerald Goines was charged Friday with two counts of murder related to the botched narcotics raid that took place at a home in southeast Houston on Jan. 28.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:25:00 -0400
  • Tanzania says South Africa impounds Airbus plane

    South African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier, the Tanzanian government said. The plane had been scheduled to fly from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday. "The plane was impounded following an order issued by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg," Tanzania's transport ministry said in a statement on Friday.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 05:17:14 -0400
  • Typhoon shuts businesses, forces flight cancellations in southern Taiwan

    Taiwan braced for typhoon Bailu on Saturday, shutting businesses and schools as airlines cancelled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island. Typhoon Bailu, categorised at the weakest typhoon level by Taiwan's weather bureau, made landfall in Saturday afternoon in the southern county of Pingtung with maximum winds of 137 km (85 miles) per hour. The storm, which was the first to make landfall on the island in more than two years, cut power to nearly 30,000 homes and caused localized flooding in southern Taiwan.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 04:39:22 -0400
  • UPDATE 3-Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in French resort

    U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday for what promises to be a fraught meeting of major industrialised nations, with friction over trade, climate change and Iran likely to snarl the talks. The three-day Group of Seven meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to speak with one voice.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 04:31:52 -0400
  • Iranian tanker switches destination, heads to Turkey - ship-tracking data

    An Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran has switched destination and is now heading to Turkey instead of southern Greece, data from real-time ship tracking website MarineTraffic showed on Saturday. The Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, was released from detention off Gibraltar after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions in mid-August. The United States, which says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, deemed a terrorist group by Washington, has told countries in the region not to assist it.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 04:08:36 -0400
  • Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley dies aged 66

    Arun Jaitley, the former Indian finance minister and one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest associates, died in hospital on Saturday, nearly two weeks after he was admitted following breathing difficulties, officials said. Jaitley, 66, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stepped down as finance minister in January due to ill health, just months before elections that returned Modi's Hindu nationalists to power.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 04:02:07 -0400
  • Russia test fires missiles from submarines in the Barents Sea

    Russia test-fired Sineva and Bulava ballistic missiles from two submarines from the polar region of the Arctic Ocean and from the Barents Sea on Saturday as part of combat training, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. The Sineva, a liquid-fueled intercontinental missile, was fired from the Tula submarine, while a Bulava, Russian newest solid-fuelled missile, was launched from the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine, the ministry said.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 04:01:53 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Iran test fires new missile- Iran Revolutionary Guards commander

    Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency. "Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power," Salami said. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb its development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:55:16 -0400
  • Russian spacecraft carrying robot fails to dock with space station

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    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast. The FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) robot on its way to the ISS on a planned two-week mission to support the crew and test its skills. The docking process, originally planned for 0530 GMT, failed due to issues related to the automatic docking system, news agency, Interfax added, cited NASA TV as saying.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:06:29 -0400
  • Rescuers confirm three killed, 300 evacuated after Indonesian ferry fire

    Indonesian rescuers found three people dead and evacuated 300 from the blazing wreckage of a ferry off the coast of Java island, an official said on Saturday, significantly more than were originally said to have been on board the vessel. The KM Santika Nusantara was travelling between Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya and the town of Balikpapan on Borneo island when it caught fire on Thursday evening, government official Syahrul Nugroho told TV channel TV One. Officials have given no details about the possible cause of the fire.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:03:45 -0400
  • Russian spacecraft carrying robot fails to dock with space station

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast. The FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) robot on its way to the ISS on a planned two-week mission to support the crew and test its skills. The docking process, originally planned for 0530 GMT, failed due to issues related to the automatic docking system, news agency, Interfax added, cited NASA TV as saying.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:00:06 -0400
  • President Trump discusses Amazon fires with controversial Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro

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    President Donald Trump spoke to counterpart Jair Bolsonaro on the phone Friday, the same day the Brazilian president authorized his country's army to assist in fighting massive wildfires currently consuming parts of the Amazon rainforest. Trump says he spoke with Bolsonaro and offered U.S. assistance in fighting the Amazon fires. "Just spoke with President @JairBolsonaro of Brazil," Trump tweeted.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:53:42 -0400
  • 75 years later, US World War II veterans say: Never forget

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    Seventy-five years ago, they helped free Europe from the Nazis. This weekend, U.S. veterans are back in Paris to celebrate, and commemorate. Now in their 90s, these men aren't afraid to cry about what they saw in World War II. And they want everyone to remember what happened back then, so that it doesn't happen again.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:25:16 -0400
  • Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

    A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam's coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China's actions in the disputed waterways. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China. The Chinese vessel continued to survey Vietnam's EEZ on Saturday under escort from at least four ships and was around 102 kilometres (63 miles) southeast of Vietnam's Phu Quy island and 185 kilometres (115 miles) from the beaches of the southern city of Phan Thiet, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:35:00 -0400
  • Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

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    A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Security video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:58:14 -0400
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