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Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain

It might be the only country that can rocket humans into space, but Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain and financial hardship. “The Russian space industry is in an obvious state of crisis,” said Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham University in New York and an expert on Russia’s space program. ...

With Video: Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets

Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Anger at the Salam-led unity cabinet grouping Lebanon’s fractious politicians has come to a head over its failure to resolve a crisis over garbage disposal that reflects the wider failings of ...

UN: The attacks on civilians in Syria are unlawful, unacceptable and must stop

Stephen O’Brien, the humanitarian chief of the United Nations said that he is “horrified” by the attacks on civilians in Syria at a press conference in Damascus on Monday. “Attacks on civilians are unlawful, unacceptable and must stop,” O’Brien said. He was “particularly appalled” by air strikes which killed at least 96 people on Sunday in the rebel-held town of Douma. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights who monitors the conflict ...

Egypt has approved new anti-terrorism laws

Egypt has approved new anti-terrorism laws in order to fight a spreading jihadist insurgency. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to bring in new law against terrorism after the car bomb of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat in late June. The new law establish special courts and offer additional protection from legal consequences for military and police officers who have used force. They also impose the death penalty for ...

Family of Israeli held in Gaza stages protest outside prison

First demonstration in support of Avraham Mengistu aimed to coincide with visits by Palestinian families to detainees being held by Israel Dozens of protesters gathered outside a prison in central Israel on Monday morning to rally for the release of Avraham Mengistu, 28, an Israeli captive reportedly held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The protest, spearheaded by the Mengistu ...

Military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya

The spokesman of Egypt’s armed forces says a military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya because of a technical failure while on a counterterrorism mission, killing four crew members and wounding two. Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir says on his Facebook page that the aircraft crashed Thursday during a joint air and ground mission southeast of the Siwa oasis, near ...

Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon

With Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon, the humanitarian crisis is now catastrophic, says Fabrizio Carboni, head of the country’s Red Cross delegation. But disasters elsewhere are dividing donor’s attentions. Fabrizio Carboni: The situation is very difficult. In the last three or four years Lebanon has received something like 1.2 million refugees, as registered by the UNHCR. Even before the ...

Eric Abetz: Gay men don’t really want to marry

It’s reported that he said because Dolce and Gabbana didn’t ever marry, other homosexual males don’t want to get married. Are you serious?! There are bizarre claims that Federal Senator Eric Abetz said that gay men don’t want to get married, using the example of Italian fashion designer couple Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who never made it official, reports Sydney ...

60-year- charged with the murder of a Logan teenager who disappeared more than a month ago

A 60-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Logan teenager who disappeared more than a month ago. The body of 16-year-old Tiffany Taylor is yet to be found but detectives investigating her disappearance charged the 60-year-old with one count of murder on Thursday night. He is due to front Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday morning. Tiffany was ...

United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in attack in Iraq

The United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week, the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. “We have credible information that the agent used in the attack was mustard,” a senior U.S. official told the ...