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Lunar eclipse turns moon blood red

SYDNEY (AFP) – The longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade turned the moon blood red on Thursday, yielding a rare visual treat for stargazers across a large swathe of the planet from Australia to Europe. The first eclipse of the year — when the Earth casts its shadow…

Blair aware of Islamist threat from Iraq war: ex official

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair knew that invading Iraq in 2003 could increase the threat from Islamic extremism but pressed ahead nonetheless, a former top civil servant said Wednesday. Speaking at a public inquiry into Britain’s role in the controversial war, David Omand added that a claim Saddam…