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China Plans to Land Probe on Moon’s Surface

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it plans to land its first probe on the moon in the second half of 2013. The Chang’e-3 probe will carry a rover unit that can explore the lunar surface. The official China Daily newspaper says the Chang’e-3’s rover will be China’s most sophisticated robot, and will have a radar that can scan […]

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Hong Kong Tycoons Deny Wrongdoing

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two of Asia’s wealthiest tycoons say they are innocent of suspected bribery, after their arrests last week in Hong Kong as part of one of the city’s largest graft probes in decades. Billionaire brothers Raymond and Thomas Kwok spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since their arrests March 29. They said they have done […]

NASA Probe Sends Back Pictures of Lunar South Pole

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. lunar probe has sent back its first images of the far side of the moon, showing a massive crater that is billions of years old. Scientists say the pictures from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, known as GRAIL, should energize students who want to study and explore the moon. The pictures give […]

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China: Design Flaws, Lax Safety Standards to Blame for July Train Crash

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials have blamed lax safety standards and design flaws for the deadly crash of a bullet train in July. The accident sparked widespread anger over the condition of the country’s public transit system. Forty people were killed when the train traveling in the eastern province of Zhejiang crashed into another train that had stalled […]

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Thai Police To Question Ex-PM on 2010 Opposition Crackdown

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thai police have summoned former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy to answer questions about a 2010 crackdown on opposition protesters that left at least 90 people dead and 2,000 others injured. Police Lieutenant General Vinai Thongsong Monday said the questioning, set for December 2, is part of a probe into the deaths of […]

Contact Made with Russia’s Errant Mars Probe

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Contact has been established with Russia’s Phobus-Grunt space probe. The European Space Agency said Wednesday that a European tracking station, in western Australia, made contact with the errant Mars probe. Engineers must now figure out how best to maintain radio communications with the spacecraft. The Phobus-Grunt probe was launched November 9 from Baikonour. Minutes after […]

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Bahrain Government Admits to Excessive Force Against Protesters

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The government in Bahrain has admitted that excessive force was used earlier this year against pro-democracy demonstrators and says 20 officers are being prosecuted for the crackdown. More than 40 people were reported killed in March when security forces, aided by troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, drove anti-government protesters out of […]

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White House to Review Energy Department Loans

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has ordered an independent review of U.S. Energy Department loans after the solar panel company, Solyndra, received a half-a-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee then went bankrupt. White House Chief of Staff William Daley Friday said the review of the Energy Department’s loan program would be conducted by Herb Allison, a former Treasury Department […]

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2 Teenagers Arrested in Connection with New Delhi Blast

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say they have arrested two teenagers in connection with last week’s deadly blast outside the High Court in the Indian capital. A bomb hidden in a briefcase exploded near the courthouse’s main gate on September 7 in New Delhi, killing 13 people. The teenagers detained Wednesday are suspected of sending an […]

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Philippines to Probe Arroyo Vote Fraud Allegations

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ Department of Justice says it is opening a formal inquiry into fresh allegations that former President Gloria Arroyo used police to alter vote results from the 2004 presidential election. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the probe will examine claims by a former police superintendent that he and other rogue officers broke into […]

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