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Russia successfully launches Proton-M rocket after accident MOSCOW: Russia on Sunday successfully launched a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite into orbit in the first such launch since one of the rockets fell back to Earth soon after liftoff in May.The Proton-M rocket lifted off on schedule from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:23 am Moscow time (2023 GMT Saturday), carrying a Russian communications satellite, Russia's space agency said in a statement."At 09:26 Moscow time (0526 GMT), the satellite separated from the Briz-M upper-stage rocket and reached the set orbit," Roscosmos said.Russia had suspended launches of Proton-M rockets after one carrying one of the country's most advanced communications satellites failed less than 10 minutes after liftoff on May 16 and burnt up in the upper layers of the atmosphere.The Proton is the workhorse of Russia's space industry, earning tens of millions of dollars a year by launching Western and Asian satellites.The upgraded M version of the Proton ...

UK's Cameron woos voters with discount starter homes LONDON: Britain's prime minister David Cameron pledged on Saturday to build 100,000 new homes and offer them to younger first-time buyers at a 20 percent discount if his party wins a national election in May.The extension of the ruling Conservative's "Help to Buy" scheme - meant to get people on the housing ladder - was announced on the eve of the party's annual conference, the last before the vote.Property is a politically potent issue in ...
German man arrested in Bali for cocaine possession DENPASAR: Indonesian customs said Saturday they have arrested a German man for allegedly trafficking cocaine onto the resort island of Bali.Hans Peter Naumann, 48, had flown from Bangkok to Bali on an Air Asia flight before he was caught around midday Friday, officials said.He could be charged with drug trafficking, for which the maximum penalty is a death sentence and 10 billion rupiah ($832,000) fine, Bali customs official Djarot Utomo said."He admitted that he was ...
Truckers to block UK port of Dover in migrant protest LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said he was confident efforts by undocumented migrants to reach Britain via the French port of Calais would be curbed even as British truck drivers planned a protest.A Facebook group called "Support the Calais to Dover Truckers" has called for action on Saturday at Dover, Britain's ferry terminal that is the busiest in Europe, handling 350,000 tonnes of cargo annually, with around 10,000 container movements per year.Under the ...
Merkel says first signs of success are visible in Greece BERLIN: German Chancellor Merkel said on Tuesday that the first positive signs of growth were coming out of Greece and the country was heading in the right direction in the implementation of its bailout programme."I can only say that I know what a difficult time the country is going through but the first tender shoots of success are visible," Merkel said at a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Berlin.Samaras said ...
French govt ups pressure for end to Air France strike PARIS: The French government made a renewed appeal on Monday for a quick end to an Air France pilots strike which is costing the flag-carrier millions of euros a day, urging management to "clarify" its proposals.The strike over the airline's plans to establish low-cost activities is entering its second week and set to be the longest such industrial action in its history. The main SNPL union has extended strike action to Sept. 26 and a ...
Indians rally against climate change ahead of UN talks NEW DELHI: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in New Delhi on Saturday, calling on the Indian government and world leaders to take urgent steps against climate change at a high-stakes UN summit next week.Carrying placards that read "I want to save forests" and "Coal kills", around 300 protesters shouted slogans and danced to pounding drum beats.The protest came a day ahead of a massive rally planned Sunday in New York called the "People's Climate March", with ...


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