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First man on moon to be buried at sea: Neil Armstrong family

CHICAGO — The first man on the moon will be buried at sea, a spokesman for Neil Armstrong’s family said Thursday. “I suspect it will be a private service,” spokesman Rick Miller told AFP. He said further details were not immediately available. The burial will take place after a September…

NASA’s Mars rover parked to test robotic arm

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity rover has temporarily halted its journey across the surface of Mars as it tests the tools on its robotic arm, the US space agency said Thursday. The $2.5 billion craft — which landed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet on August 6 — has covered…

Instagram officially part of Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service. “Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a Facebook post tagged as being made using a…

U.S. strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday removed Nepal’s ruling Maoist party, which after a bloody, decade-long insurgency now heads a caretaker government, from its blacklist of terrorist organizations. After almost a decade as a designated global terrorist body, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or CPN(M), which laid down…

Pope urged to recognise Palestinian state

ROME — The Melkite Greek Catholic Church leader will ask the pope to recognise the Palestinian state when he arrives next week for his first visit to Lebanon, a country riven by religious rivalries, a Catholic website said Thursday. Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual head of Lebanon’s second largest…

Amino acids could treat rare form of autism: study

CHICAGO — A common dietary supplement could treat a rare form of autism which has been found to be linked to an amino acid deficiency, a study published Thursday in the journal Science has found. US researchers were able to isolate a genetic mutation in some autism patients which speeds…

FARC rebels to seek ceasefire in Colombia peace talks

HAVANA — Colombia’s FARC rebel group said Thursday it will seek a ceasefire in Latin America’s oldest armed conflict when peace talks begin next month with the government, which has ruled out a truce. “We will propose a ceasefire as soon as we sit down at the negotiating table,” Mauricio…

Democrats insist Jerusalem omission in platform ‘not deliberate’

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A top Democratic official said Thursday that a decision to ditch a party policy naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, later ordered reversed by President Barack Obama, was not deliberate. The official weighed in on a row which rattled the first two days of the Democratic National…

U.S. greatness at risk, Republican heavyweights warn

WASHINGTON — A quartet of Republican former secretaries of state endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, warning that the current anemic economic recovery could imperil US influence around the world. Romney, according to polls, is seen less favorably by US voters than President Barack Obama when it comes to foreign…

Obama to ask for second term in big convention address

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — President Barack Obama said Thursday he will urge supporters to defy the “cynics” one more time when he pitches for four more White House years in his crucial convention address. Obama, 51, faces a high bar to better the speeches of his wife Michelle and Bill…

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