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NASA launches super-size rover to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL — A rover of “monster truck” proportions zoomed toward Mars on an 8 1/2 -month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet. NASA’s six-wheeled, one-armed wonder, Curiosity, will reach Mars next summer and use its jackhammer drill, rock-zapping laser machine and other devices to search for evidence that Earth’s next-door ...

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Gary Speed Commits Suicide Age 42

Truly shocking news. Wales manager Gary Speed has been found hanged at his home in Cheshire, it was revealed today. The former Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton star, who appeared on BBC’s Football Focus show yesterday, was aged 42. Police say…

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Silvio Berlusconi fails to win court order

Italy’s former prime minister made the application for an interim injunction pending an attempt to bring a full-scale legal challenge over the issue. He sought the order to prevent English lawyer David Mills giving video-link evidence to Milan from City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday. His application was considered in private and refused by Mr Justice Bean, sitting in ...

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Ethiopia plans military mission to Somalia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia will deploy troops inside Somalia for a “brief period” to help Somali and Kenyan forces battling Islamist militants expand their control in southern Somalia, Ethiopian officials said on Friday. A resident carries his belongings as he flees from his home in the Afgoye region following heavy explosions last night, some 30km (19 miles) from Mogadishu ...

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Nuclear waste train enters Germany

Police have used water cannons against anti-nuclear protesters in northern Germany as a train carrying some 150 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste from France made its way to a nearby storage facility. Protesters lit flares in the woods near the town of Leitstade on Friday and set up roadblocks near the railway lines. Police in riot gear used water canons ...

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Arrests Continue in Eastern Tibet As China Promises Even Tougher Crackdown

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – It has been confirmed that two more Tibetan monks from Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, have been arrested by the Chinese authorities. Gyatso, aged 42, was taken into custody on November 21, and Lobsang Gedun, aged 48, in mid-October. The reasons for the arrests remain unknown, as do the ...

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Ruthless men hide behind veil of religion

Revolutions are known to devour their children, and popular uprisings driven by the promise of change for the better have been notorious for turning into nightmares. The so-called Arab Spring is another dark night unfolding across the Middle East. This was predictable, and inevitable. The Tunisian fruit-seller who sparked this Arab Spring by self-immolating was a man driven to despair ...

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Euro sinks on Italy debt auction

NEW YORK: The euro fell beneath the $1.33 level on Friday, as debt troubles continued to roil markets with little end in sight to the eurozone crisis. Amid mounting concerns that the bloc’s political leaders cannot produce a solution to the eurozone debt crisis, the European single currency at one stage…

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