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Guinea president’s home hit by rocket fire

The residence of Guinea’s recently installed president was hit by rocket fire as sustained heavy weapons’ fire rocked the capital Conakry overnight, officials told AFP on Tuesday. An official in the president’s office told AFP that President Alpha Conde was unhurt. “He is safe and sound,” said the official, Francois…

NASA reaches agreement with maker of Atlas V rocket

WASHINGTON — NASA said Monday that it had reached an agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to try to adopt the Atlas V commercial rocket to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). ULA is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin designed to provide cost-efficient rockets to…

Israel aircraft raid Gaza for fourth day in row

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli aircraft struck Gaza overnight for the fourth time in as many days, wounding a militant who was about to fire a rocket, Palestinian security sources said on Saturday. The Palestinian was admitted to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening, the sources said. An…

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire

Israeli jets bombed two sites in Gaza early on Wednesday, wounding one woman, after Palestinians fired three rockets into southern Israel, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. The Israeli military said its aircraft “targeted two weapons manufacturing sites in the northern Gaza Strip.” “Direct hits were confirmed and secondary explosions were…

At least 35 killed in twin blasts north of Baghdad

At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a double bomb attack in the city of Taji north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. “Thirty-five people were killed and 28 wounded when a car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously outside a government office…

Iran to put a monkey into space: report

TEHRAN — Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country’s top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite, state television reported on its website on Thursday. “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad (July 23 to August…

Rocket slams into Israel city as Gaza violence spirals

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Palestinians sent a Grad rocket slamming into the Israeli city of Beersheva Wednesday, injuring a man, after Israeli air strikes and a mortar attack killed eight Gazans. The Al Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the attack as well as for…

Don’t test Israel, Netanyahu warns Gaza militants

JERUSALEM – Israel on Thursday warned militants in the Gaza Strip not to “test” the Jewish state, as fighter jets pounded targets across the coastal enclave after a Palestinian rocket attack. Slamming into a house, it was the first rocket to strike Israel’s city of Beersheva since the devastating 2008-2009…

Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Israeli jets bombed sites across Gaza Thursday after a Palestinian rocket slammed into a house in the southern city of Beersheva, raising tension along the enclave’s border. The Israeli military said it had targeted several Hamas camps in Gaza during early morning raids, after…

US to regulate rocket fuel chemical in water

WASHINGTON – The US government said Wednesday it plans to limit the amount of perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, explosives and bleach, that is present in the drinking water of millions of Americans. Studies have shown a link between consuming perchlorate and thyroid problems in pregnant mothers and…

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