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Are we alone? NASA’s Mars rover aims to find out

Are we alone? Or was there life on another planet? NASA’s $2.5 billion dream machine, the Mars Science Laboratory, aims to take the first steps toward finding out when it nears Mars’ surface on Monday. The planet is Earth’s closest neighbor, and scientists have found signs of water there, hinting…

Phelps wins gold in last Olympic race of his career

US great Michael Phelps bowed out of Olympic competition in golden style Saturday as Britain’s Jessica Ennis provided theLondon Games’ signature moment with a dazzling heptathlon win. As Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake made their first appearance on the track, Phelps made sure of his 18th Olympic title — and 22nd medal overall — in the 4x100m medley relay,…

Gunman kill 2, capture 4 others in attack on oil barge in Nigeria

Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil services company off the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian sailors and kidnapping four foreigners, navy officials said. The suspected sea pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that has seen a sharp spike in the number…

Prank Egypt TV show exposes depth of Israel hostility

A prank Egyptian talk show that infuriates guests by duping them into believing they are on Israeli TV reveals the antipathy many hold for the Jewish state despite a wintry peace treaty between the neighbours. “Judgement after Deliberations,” aired nightly by private Nahar satellite television during the Muslim holy month…

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima

The grandson of former US president Harry Truman, who authorised the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II, visited Hiroshima on Saturday before the 67th anniversary of its devastation. Clifton Truman Daniel, 55, toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and offered a silent prayer for victims of the 1945…

South Africa marks 50 years since Mandela’s arrest

South Africa will unveil its latest monument to Nelson Mandela on Saturday, a new statue along a rural highway to mark the spot where he was arrested 50 years ago for his struggle against white rule. Mandela, now 94, was arrested as a young liberation fighter on August 5, 1962,…

U.S. officials warn of swine flu outbreak at county fairs

US health officials on Friday warned the public to be careful around pigs after an outbreak of flu among visitors to county fairs. The virus does not appear to have evolved to the point where it spreads easily among humans, but it does contain a gene from the pandemic H1N1…

Hackers hit Reuters, post fake blog on Syria

Hackers took over the blogging platform of the Reuters news agency and posted “fabricated” stories said to include an interview with a Syrian rebel leader, the company said Friday. “Reuters.com was a target of a hack on Friday,” said a statement from parent firm Thomson Reuters. “Our blogging platform was…

Young undocumented immigrants can apply for deportation relief

The US government said it would begin accepting applications later this month from young undocumented immigrants who hope to avoid deportation under a new policy. Starting August 15, “individuals will be able to submit a request for consideration of deferred action” to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Director…

Fort Hood shooter fined for refusing to shave

The US Army psychiatrist accused of a massacre on a Texas military base was again fined $1,000 for refusing to shave before a military hearing. Major Nidal Hasan, who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of opening fire at the Fort Hood army base on November 5,…

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