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China launches test return orbiter for lunar mission
Friday, October 24, 2014

XICHANG, Sichuan -- China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang'e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country's first moon mission with a return to Earth.

The lunar orbiter was launched atop an advanced Long March-3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan province, Xinhua news agency reported.
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More than 1,700 bombs dropped on IS
Friday, October 24, 2014

MacDill Air Force Base, United States : US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the Islamic State group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said Thursday. The flights for "Operation Inherent Resolve" include thousands of mid-air fueling runs, surveillance sorties and 632 air strikes in Iraq and Syria, according to US Central Command....

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Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total when his jet hit a snowplough, investigators said Thursday. The authorities at Vnukovo airport where the accident occurred also announced the resignations of its general director and his deputy after the management was accused of "criminal negligence" by investigators....

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Manufacturing moving from China to US: survey
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group released Thursday.In the third annual survey of US-based senior executives at manufacturing companies with annual sales of at least $1 billion, the number of respondents who said their companies were currently reshoring to the US from China increased 20 percent from a year ago....

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Malaysia optimistic on efforts to locate MH370
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PERTH (Australia) -- Malaysia is optimistic over the search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, whose final rest ing place is believed to be in the remote Indian ocean, after it disappeared on March 8.

Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he was 99.9 per cent confident with the search mission based on the latest cutting-edge equipment....

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Now Iraq PM says IS a threat to region
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TEHERAN -- October 21, 2014: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said today his country was at war with terrorists threatening the region and intent on dividing Muslims, as he met top officials in key ally Iran.
 
As mainly Shiite neighbours, Iran and Iraq have been close since the ouster of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in the US-led invasion of 2003, with Teheran's role becoming increasingly open in recent years....

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Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5 years (Updated)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PRETORIA -- October 21, 2014: South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison today for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax.   Pistorius, who had vomitted and wept at times during the trial,...

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Barroso warns Britain against Euro exit
Monday, October 20, 2014

LONDON -- October 20, 2014: European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued today that Britain is better in the European Union and warned that alienating its allies would be a historic mistake, as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections.
 
"In the years to come the UK could be facing a choice –- to stay or leave the...

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Indonesia inaugurates Widodo as president
Monday, October 20, 2014

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first leader without deep roots in the era of dictator Suharto, was sworn in as president Monday but faces huge challenges to enact a bold reform agenda. The inauguration, which was attended by foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, capped a remarkable rise for a softly-spoken politician who was brought up in a riverside slum. ...

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Panic over Ebola reaches fever-pitch despite calls for calm
Saturday, October 18, 2014

PARIS -- October 17, 2014: Airport baggage handlers refusing to unload suitcases, a journalist quarantined by his wife, parents taking kids out of school: hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over despite repeated calls for calm.
 
The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the disease has reared its...

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