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Indian Mars mission suffers glitch but 'no setback' NEW DELHI: India's Mars spacecraft suffered a brief engine failure Monday as scientists tried to move it into a higher orbit around Earth, but controllers denied any setback to the ambitious low-cost mission.The Mars Orbiter Mission, which blasted off on November 5 for a 11-month trip to the Red Planet, is being launched on its way via an unusual "slingshot" method for interplanetary journeys.Lacking a large enough rocket to blast directly out of Earth's atmosphere and gravitational pull, the Indian spacecraft is orbiting Earth until the end of the month while building up enough velocity to break free.On Monday, during a fourth repositioning to take it 100,000 kilometres (62,000 miles) from Earth, the thruster engines briefly failed, leading the auto-pilot to take over. "It's not a setback at all. Tomorrow again we'll raise the orbit to 100,000 kilometres," a spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Deviprasad Karnik, told ...

Syria opposition joining talks would be 'big step' ABU DHABI: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the participation of Syria's opposition in mooted peace talks in Geneva would be a "big step"."We take note of the fact that yesterday the Syrian opposition voted to go to the Geneva II. This is a big step forward and a significant one," said Kerry.The opposition Syrian National Coalition said they are willing to join the talks, but on the condition that President ...

Iran walked away from Geneva deal ABU DHABI: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Iran had backed out of the Geneva deal which he assured would help protect Israel "more effectively.""Our hope is that in the next months we can find an agreement that meets everyone's standards," said Kerry, echoing an announcement by France that world powers were close to a long-awaited deal with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme."The P5+1 was unified on Saturday when we ...

Pakistan, Kuwait ink documents to boost investment, extradite prisoners ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kuwait on Monday inked four documents in areas of investment, extradition, labour and visa waiver at diplomatic and official levels.Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamd Al-Sabah witnessed the signing ceremony here at the PM House, as the representatives of two countries signed the documents.The signing ceremony followed delegation-level talks between the two countries led by their respective prime ministers.Two treaties on extradition and visa waiver ...

World powers close to a deal on Iran nuclear programme: France PARIS: France's foreign minister said on Monday world powers were close to a deal with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme, adding Paris had not been "isolated" in Geneva negotiations that failed to reach an accord."We are not far from an agreement with the Iranians but we are not there yet," Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio, stressing France had not been "isolated" during talks in Geneva that ended without a deal -- blamed by ...

Japan military drills missiles on Pacific gateway NAHA: Japanese soldiers practised surface-to-ship missile drills Monday on an island at the gateway to the Pacific, as part of a huge military exercise that has unsettled China.The practice in Okinawa was part of 18-day war games which Japan began earlier this month. They aim to strengthen its ability to protect remote territory, as a row with China over the sovereignty of some islands continues to rattle nerves.No missile was actually fired during Monday's drill, ...


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