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Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have abruptly called for an end to the Saudi-backed quagmire in Yemen, after years of backing the war over alleged Iranian involvement. Speaking at the Congressionally mandated US Institute for Peace on Tuesday, Mattis said according to the BBC that Washington had been watching […]

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Rocket Failure Caused By Sensor Damaged During Assembly, Official Says

November 1, 2018           |                                       

The launch failure last month of a manned mission to space was caused by a faulty sensor that was damaged during the Soyuz rocket’s assembly at the launch center in Kazakhstan, the head of a Russian commission investigating the incident has said. “The cause of the nonstandard separation” of the rocket’s second stage was a […]

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Russia Plans First Manned Launch To ISS Since October Accident

October 31, 2018           |                                       

Russia says it will launch its first manned rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) since the October 11 failed launch on December 3. “The industry is now making significant efforts to move forward the launch to December 3,” the executive director of Russia’s Roskosmos space agency, Sergei Krikalyov, told the RIA Novosti state news […]

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Russia Successfully Launches Soyuz Rocket With Military Satellite

October 25, 2018           |                                       

Russia has successfully launched an unmanned Soyuz rocket, the first such liftoff since an aborted launch of a similar rocket earlier this month. The Russian Defense Ministry on October 25 said that “a Soyuz-2.1B rocket was successfully launched carrying a satellite for the Russian military” from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northwest of the country. […]

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Putin Says Russia Has Ruled Out Launching Preemptive Nuclear Strikes

October 18, 2018           |                                       

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country would only use its nuclear weapons in response to a nuclear attack on the country. Putin ruled out any “preemptive nuclear strikes” at an international policy forum in Sochi on October 18, and said Moscow would only use nuclear weapons defensively, if early warning systems spotted nuclear […]

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U.S. Astronaut Says Soyuz System Proved 'Robust' During Aborted Launch

October 16, 2018           |                                       

A U.S. astronaut who was on board an aborted launch of a Soyuz rocket into space last week said he still trusts the Russian technology and is ready to go back into space on another Soyuz mission. “When NASA wants me to fly, I’m ready to go,” Nick Hague told reporters on October 16, five […]

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Soyuz Mishap A Reminder There's No Alternative To Russia's Manned Space Vehicles — For Now

October 12, 2018           |                                       

Russia’s space program was already having a bad year. A suspicious hole discovered on a Russian vessel docked at the International Space Station (ISS) in August prompted speculation about a manufacturing defect or deliberate sabotage. That later gave way to veiled suggestions of politically motivated space skullduggery. Ten months earlier, a Russian rocket malfunctioned after […]

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A booster rocket failed less than two minutes after launching an American and a Russian toward the International Space Station on Thursday, forcing their emergency — but safe — landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. It was the latest in a recent series of failures for the troubled Russian space program, which […]

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Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights’ launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom The post […]

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<!– –> Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has introduced multiple campaign finance reform bills since taking office in 2007.(Rex Features via AP Images) Two Montana politicians on Tuesday launched separate fights against the Trump administration’s decision to relax disclosure requirements on certain politically active nonprofit groups. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced legislation that would overturn the decision […]

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N. Korea Dismantling Parts of Launch Site, Researchers Say

July 24, 2018           |                                       

SEOUL, South Korea — A U.S. research group says North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June. An official from South Korea’s presidential office […]

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In the wake of ‘cash for column inches’ scandal and calls for Osborne to resign, newspaper denies that £3 million ‘paid-for news’ deal has been ditched Image: Evening Standard editor and former Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: Matt Cardy/PA Images, all rights reserved George Osborne’s London Evening Standard has abandoned the scheduled launch of its controversial […]

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