Saturday, May 16, 2015

Russia Orders Probe of Latest Space Launch Failure

Russia Orders Probe of Latest Space Launch Failure

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev has ordered the formation of a special commission to probe the failed launch early Saturday of a Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite into space. The probe announcement came just hours after the Proton-M rocket and its payload exploded in the skies over Kazakhstan about eight minutes after liftoff. The Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, in an early report, said a problem in the rocket's steering engines surfaced in the suborbital...

After decades in the shadows, gays in Ireland ready for coming-out party 

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DUBLIN — Catholic and deeply conservative, Ireland was long known as one of the toughest places in the Western world to be gay. Homosexuality was only decriminalized here in 1993, following years of pressure from European authorities.Read full article >>







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ISIS withdraws from key parts of Ramadi, Iraqi military says

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ISIS fighters pulled out of key parts of Ramadi on Saturday after fierce fighting with Iraqi government forces backed by coalition airstrikes, according to two Iraqi security sources in the city who did not want to be named because they're not authorized to speak to the media.
    


Sir John Soane’s private apartments: obsessive, eccentric brilliance 

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The newly opened private quarters of one of Britain’s most original architects reveal morbid passions alongside the marvels
The house and museum created by Sir John Soane in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London is a universe whose contents approach the infinite. Loaded with the antiquities and artworks acquired by the great architect, both real and plaster-casts, its perspectives are then multiplied by mirrors and layers of space: a display case, as it might be, in a niche in a vestibule beyond a room reached from an ante-room framed by an arch. The exterior is largely screened off, a distant memory, or experienced through filtered and indirect light. The experience is of an internal world of unknown boundaries.
Should there be any danger of knowing it all, wormholes then open up into unsuspected galaxies, as previously inaccessible spaces are brought back to life by its ongoing restoration programme. The latest of these also gives a view into Soane’s bizarre mind. Ostensibly the top floor apartment for Soane and his wife, Eliza, it is also a shrine, a statement of architectural history, a bit of a Pharaonic tomb.
It is not recorded what the architect did for personal hygiene once he had made his bathtub into a Canopic jar
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Former CIA Official Reflects on Tangle of Wars in Syria

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A former top U.S. intelligence official says the crisis in Syria is the hardest policy problem that he has seen in his 33 years in government. Michael Morell, a former deputy and acting director of the CIA under President Barack Obama, told VOA's Cal Perry in an exclusive interview that Syria is so difficult policy-wise because there are five different wars underway in the country. Morell, author of the recently released book, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against...

Amtrak train may have been struck by something

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One of three conductors aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia this week told investigators she heard the locomotive's engineer say the train had been struck by an object, National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Friday.
    


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ISIS measure out mark on criminal's head to inflict wound exactly like his victim's injury

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Bizarre images of an ISIS militant precisely marking a man's head with a ruler reflects the terror group's new policy of 'eye-for-eye' punishments, where they exact the same retaliation on supposed criminals.

China not backing down on South China Sea dispute as US seeks resolution 

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Chinese foreign minister says nation is prepared to talk but construction ‘is something that falls fully within the scope of China’s sovereignty’
The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Ji, on Saturday politely but pointedly dismissed Washington’s push for a diplomatic solution to ease tensions over Beijing’s assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea.
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Policeman's Marriage To Teen Bride Puts Chechen Marital Practices In The Spotlight

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Reports that a Chechen schoolgirl may have been pressganged into marrying a man around three times her age has sparked a media frenzy in Russia, and focused attention on marital practices in the North Caucasus republic.

Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death 

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Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to death along with 105 others in a jail break case. Report by Lauren Hampshire.

U.S. special forces hit Islamic State in Syria raid

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WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S special forces have carried out a raid inside Syria that killed a man identified as a senior Islamic State leader who helped direct the group's oil, gas and financial operations, U.S. officials said on Saturday.







  

US forces kill Islamic State commander Abu Sayyaf – video report 

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US special forces have killed Islamic State commander Abu Sayyaf and taken his wife hostage in a raid into Syria. According to the Pentagon and the White House, Sayyaf helped direct the group's oil, gas and financial operations. The US defence secretary, Ashton Carter, confirmed on Saturday that president Obama had ordered the raid into eastern Syria on Saturday Continue reading...

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US Special Forces kill top ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf and capture his wife

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Abu Sayyaf was killed in a secret raid in eastern Syria by US special forces. His wife, who is responsible for trafficking Yazidis, was captured and now faces being taken to Guantanamo Bay.

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