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    Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

    AP, China said Thursday a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete its first permanent orbiting space station. The station's core module, christened Tianhe, could be launched as soon as next month, according to the China National Space Administration and foreign observers. The massive Long March-5B Y2 rocket and its payload...

    • 29 min ago
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    3 Myanmar cops cross over to India seeking refuge

    Reuters, Three Myanmar police constables have crossed over to the northeastern state of Mizoram and are seeking shelter in the country, an Indian police official said on Thursday. "What they said is they got instructions from the military rule, which they cannot obey so they have run away," said Stephen Lalrinawma, the superintendent of police of Mizoram's Serchhip district, where the...

    • 60 min ago
  • International

    Nepal signs peace agreement with communist rebel group

    AP, Nepal's government signed a peace agreement Thursday with a small communist rebel group widely feared because they were known for violent attacks, extortion and bombings. The government agreed to lift a ban on the group, release all their party members and supporters in jail and drop all legal cases against them, while the group agreed to give up all violence and resolve any issues...

    • an hour ago
  • International

    US House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

    AP, House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the US election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved on a near party-line 220-210 vote. It would restrict partisan...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Myanmar anti-coup protesters return after deadliest day

    AFP, Defiant anti-coup protesters returned to cities and towns across Myanmar on Thursday after dozens of people were killed in the deadliest day of the junta's crackdown, with global powers condemning the "brutal violence". At least 38 people died on Wednesday, according to the United Nations, when online images streamed out of Myanmar showing security forces firing into crowds...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Yemen's Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

    Reuters, Yemen's Houthi forces fired a missile at a Saudi Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, a Houthi military spokesman said in a Twitter post on Thursday. There was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities. Aramco's oil production and export facilities are mostly in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, more than 1,000 km across the country from...

    • 3 hrs ago
  • International

    Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly February blackouts

    AP, Texas' power grid manager was fired Wednesday amid growing calls for his ouster following February's deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing temperatures. Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, becomes the second senior official to depart in the wake of the one of the worst blackouts in US history....

    • 4 hrs ago
  • International

    Hong Kong removed from economic freedom ranking it once dominated

    AFP, Hong Kong has been removed from an annual index of the world's freest economies because the think-tank that compiles the league table said the city was now directly controlled by Beijing. The announcement is a reputational blow for Hong Kong and comes as Beijing ramps up its bid to quash dissent after huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019. The...

    • 4 hrs ago
  • International

    Arizona advances bill breaking App Store grip on payments

    AFP, The US state of Arizona on Wednesday advanced a bill that would break the cherished grip that Apple and Google have on the handling of payments in mobile apps. Apple and Google require developers to use their payment systems for transactions at their online shops for mobile apps, services, and digital goods, taking a bite of 30 per cent or less of transactions as commission. The tech...

    • 5 hrs ago
  • International

    US judge rejects SEC bid to expand Rio Tinto fraud lawsuit on Mozambique coal business

    Reuters, A US judge on Wednesday quashed a bid to widen the scope of a civil lawsuit by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that accused miner Rio Tinto of fraud at its Mozambican coal business, a court filing showed. The SEC filed a complaint against Rio in 2017 with allegations that it had fraudulently concealed the decline in value of the business....

    • 6 hrs ago