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NASA ponders new missions for spare spy telescopes

NASA is looking for new ideas on what to do with two space telescopes left over from a once-secret U.S. spy satellite program. The U.S. space agency asked the scientific community on Tuesday for its input into possible missions for a pair of space telescopes donated last year to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation’s spy …

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Lunar eclipse darkens westren US today

Stargazers in the western United States will be able to see the moon dip into Earth’s shadow during a minor lunar eclipse early on Wednesday November 28. During the so-called penumbral lunar eclipse, the November full moon passes into the hazy outer edge, or penumbra, of the earth’s shadow, where the sun’s light is only partially blocked. The effect for an observer on …

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Bin Laden would have escaped if Pakistan permission sought: Obama

WHITEHOUSE: US President Barack Obama, in some of his most blunt remarks to date, said on Monday that Osama bin Laden would have escaped if the United States had sought Pakistan’s permission ahead of the raid on the al Qaeda leader’s compound. Obama administration officials have previously justified the decision not to involve Islamabad by citing the risk that bin …

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Thai police use tear gas in clash with royalist protesters

THAILAND: Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators and made dozens of arrests on Saturday as thousands demanded the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the biggest street protest yet against her 16-month-old government. Protesters from the royalist Pitak Siam group, led by retired military general Boonlert Kaewprasit, repeatedly tried to breach police lines in the Thai capital and …

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Yemen: Saudi diplomat shot dead in Sanaa

SANAA: A Saudi diplomat was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported, citing diplomatic sources. The station give no further details. Yemen has been grappling with a number of security problems including the local offshoot of al Qaeda.

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King Abdullah recuperating after surgery

RIYADH: Saudi state television has broadcast the first public images of King Abdullah since the 87-year-old monarch underwent what was described as back surgery 11 days ago. The video shows the king sitting down, as members of the royal family greet him and kiss his hand in a hospital suite in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Wednesday broadcast appeared aimed …

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Palestine’s UN status: UK to abstain from vote

GENEVA: Britain said Wednesday it will abstain on a vote for unless the Palestinians commit to an unconditional return to talks with Israel. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would only support Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Thursday s vote at UN headquarters if Abbas agreed to negotiations over a lasting two-state deal with Israel. To secure Britain s vote, Hague said …

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Red Square bomb plotter gets 15 years jail

MOSCOW: – A man who plotted to organize suicide bombings on Moscow s iconic Red Square on New Year s Eve 2010 was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail. Ilyas Saidov, an Islamic militant, brought explosives-laden belts disguised as heaters for two female suicide bombers. But the belt attached to a cellphone exploded at a rented apartment after the detonator was …

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Spain to recognize Palestinian state at UN

BARCELONA: Spain’s foreign minister says Spain will vote in favor of recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week. Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo told parliament Wednesday that Spain would support the Palestinian bid at the U.N. because it feels it is the best way to advance toward peace. France on Tuesday became the first major European …

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Amnesty Int’I urges Kuwait to allow peaceful protests

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti authorities must allow protesters to gather peacefully and express their views without the threat of arrest, Amnesty International said ahead of an opposition march over voting rules planned later this week. Protesters plan a march in central Kuwait on Friday, on the eve of parliamentary elections which the opposition is boycotting in protest. Opposition politicians and youth protest …

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