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Solar plane makes inaugural flight

Solar plane makes inaugural flight

London: A revolutionary solar-powered plane, that will try to fly around the world next year, has successfully made its inaugural test flight in Switzerland. The Solar Impulse 2 vehicle lifted off from Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland today and returned two hours later. The single-seater aircraft, with which Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are […]

5 reasons Obama sounds defensive on foreign policy

5 reasons Obama sounds defensive on foreign policy

President Obama felt a need to answer critics of his foreign policy in his speech Wednesday at the United States Military Academy at West Point. “By most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world,” Obama said. “Those who argue otherwise — who suggest that America is in decline, or […]

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month from a village school by the Boko Haram insurgent group have escaped their captors, according to a local official, Nigerian newspaper reports. Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, said on Wednesday that the four girls escaped their captors on Tuesday, both […]

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday dismissed as “speculative and premature” an American expert’s reported comments that the acoustic “pings” at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet’s black boxes. CNN reported that the Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael […]

Nepal rally marks anniversary of Everest conquest

Nepal rally marks anniversary of Everest conquest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people in Nepal’s capital held separate rallies to mark the 61st anniversary of the first conquest of Mount Everest and to remember the 16 Sherpa guides who died in an avalanche last month on the world’s highest mountain. Kancha Sherpa, 81, the lone surviving member of the first expedition […]

Iraq may serve as cautionary tale for Afghanistan

Iraq may serve as cautionary tale for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States has been funneling tons of weapons into Iraq, including sniper rifles , tank rounds and missiles, but the country’s U.S.-trained military has not been able to dislodge Jihadists who have seized control of territory in parts of western Iraq and held it for much of this year. The United States […]

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country’s southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured. Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, […]

Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

Edward Snowden suggested during an interview that aired on NBC Wednesday night that he believed he did the right thing in making classified U.S. government information available to the news media. “There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal,” Snowden said during the hourlong […]

Searchers: Missing MH370 jet isn’t in most likely zone

Searchers: Missing MH370 jet isn’t in most likely zone

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian agency says investigators have concluded that the missing Malaysian jet is not within an area thought to be its most likely resting place after an unmanned submersible found no sign of the plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center said Thursday the U.S. Navy’s Bluefin 21 had finished its final […]

15 crew indicted over S. Korea ferry disaster

15 crew indicted over S. Korea ferry disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s prosecutors on Thursday indicted 15 crew members over last month’s ferry sinking, four of them on homicide charges, in a disaster has left more than 300 people dead or missing. Prosecutors said they brought homicide charges against the ship’s captain and three other crew members because they failed […]

List of fatal mine disasters in recent years

List of fatal mine disasters in recent years

A list of some recent fatal mine disasters around the world: — 2013: 83 workers are buried by a massive landslide at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet, east of Lhasa, according to Chinese state media. — 2012: At least 60 people dead after a landslide at a gold mine in […]