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July 20, 2018

This whale can fly! Airbus Beluga XL makes maiden flight

This whale can fly! Airbus Beluga XL makes maiden flight

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Yesterday, after five years of development, the Airbus Beluga XL, painted with eyes and a smile to match its cetacean namesake, made its maiden flight, taking off from and landing at Toulouse, France, in front of a crowd of 10,000. The craft is expected to enter service next year.

Airbus plans to use the Beluga XL to shuttle airplane parts among its facilities in France and Germany. The XL has roughly 30% more cargo space than existing Beluga planes, and it can carry over 50 tons 2500 miles (4000 km) without refueling. It can carry two wings for the Airbus 350 plane in one trip, while the standard Beluga, which entered service in 1995, can carry only one. The Beluga XLis propelled by two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Turbofan engines.

The plane is named for its resemblance to a Beluga whale. The front of the fuselage hinges upward to allow front-loading into the cargo space, creating the illusion of a round forehead. This feature was added by slinging the cockpit lower in the plane’s body, so cargo is passed over the pilots’ perch.

The Beluga joins such cargo planes as the Antonov An-225 Mriya was designed by the Soviet space program to carry spacecraft parts, and has a lifting capacity over five times that of the Beluga, but only one was ever built. Other massive planes include NASA’s Space Guppy, which is also used to carry spacecraft parts, and the United States military’s Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.



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July 19, 2018

After signing peace declarations, Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

After signing peace declarations, Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

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On Monday, Eritrea reopened their embassy in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa just a week after both the countries signed a declaration of the end of the two-decade-long conflict between the countries.

71-year-old Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised the Eritrean flag in Addis Ababa and Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed handed Afwerki the keys for the embassy. Abiy said, “Both nations have chosen peace as opposed to war […] We won’t allow anyone to stop this from happening.”

A former province of Ethiopia, Eritrea voted in favour of a sovereign state and declared independence in 1993. The Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia was shut down in 1998 and, per reports, about 80 thousand were killed in the border conflict between the two nations from 1998 to 2000.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister visited Eritrea earlier this month and on July 9, leaders of both countries signed a declaration of the end of the conflict in Eritrean capital Asmara. After announcing the end of the conflict, telephone lines were set up between the two countries and on Wednesday, Ethiopian Airlines flew the first direct plane between Ethiopia and Eritrea in twenty years. Chief Executive of the airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said, “This day marks a unique event in the history of Ethiopia and Eritrea”.



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Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passes away at 93

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passes away at 93

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On Thursday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passed away at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Aligarh and was then taken to Agra for treatment. Chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here on Wednesday night in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district, Gopal Das was a resident of Aligarh and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007. He also received Yash Bharati Award from the state government for his work in Hindi literature.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’ body is to be taken to Agra on Friday. Per the reports, Gopal Das had declared himself as an organ donor.



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Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies at 93

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies at 93

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On Thursday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj died at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, India. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Aligarh and was taken to Agra for treatment. The chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here on Wednesday night in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district, Gopal Das was a resident of Aligarh and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007. He also received Yash Bharati Award from the state government for his work in Hindi literature.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’s body was to be taken to Agra on Friday. Per the reports, Gopal Das declared himself an organ donor.



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Israeli Knesset passes ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill

Israeli Knesset passes ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill

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Today, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed the “Jewish nation-state” bill granting Israel the status of “national home of the Jewish people”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it “a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel”.

The bill was passed at 3 AM with 62–55 majority. Two lawmakers abstained. The bill declared Hebrew as the only official language and demoted Arabic from national language to a “special status” language. Netanyahu said, “An absolute majority wants to ensure our state’s Jewish characters for generations to come.” Knesset’s speaker Yuil Edelstein said this bill, which received just 51.66% votes in favour, was “one of the most important laws ever to be passed by the Knesset”.

The Knesset began the voting on Wednesday. Previously, the bill had clauses declaring the state as a Jewish-only community as well as direction for judiciary courts to consider Jewish values over democratic values. Both of the clauses were challenged by the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Attorney General. The latter clause about Jewish values for courts was dropped in May and the final draft of the bill was approved on Monday. The bill was first introduced in 2011 by the right-wing Likud party.

The lasted draft of the bill said the Hebrew calendar is to be the official calendar of the state. It also read, “Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established” and “the state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.” Israel is home to almost 1.8 million Arabs, which accounts for almost 20% of the national population. The bill also declared Jerusalem, in its entirety as the capital of Israel, even though East Jerusalem is considered to be the capital of the proposed future state of Palestine.

The bill received negative reception from a number of people. Arab Joint League called it “anti-democratic, colonialistic, racist, and with clear characteristics of apartheid.” Calling it a “shameful night”, Mertez Party’s Tamar Zandberg said it was a “debased and tainted law”. Joint List’s Ahmad Tibi questioned, “Why are you afraid of the Arabic language?”.

Last week, Netanyahu said, “We will keep ensuring civil rights in Israel’s democracy but the majority also has the rights and the majority decides”. Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Street, a US-based Jewish Organisation said the bill ” was born in sin, its only purpose is to send a message to the Arab community, the LGBT community and other minorities in Israel, that they are not and never will be equal citizens. Two months ago we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, where it was written that the State of Israel ‘will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or gender.’ Today Netanyahu’s government is trying to ignore those words and the values that they represent.”



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July 16, 2018

The attack on journalists and lawyers by members of the Municipal Guard is being investigated in Odessa

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Municipal Enterprise “Municipal Guard”, acting on behalf of the Odessa City Council, is dismantling the facilities, beating lawyers and journalists

Yesterday at a meeting of Odessa City Council, deputy Vadim Tereshchuk proposed an official investigation of the abuse of authority by the employees of the Department of Municipal Guard, who beat up journalists and lawyers the day before. The vice-mayor Anatoly Orlovsky did not support the request of Tereshchuk. However, he instructed the officials to inform the deputies about the progress of the investigation and its results.

On July 13, employees of the municipal enterprise “Municipal Guard” attacked journalists who were filming the activity of Odessa city crews. As a result of the incident three journalists suffered, employees of the municipal enterprise used tear gas against them and beat them with rubber clubs.

The events took place near one of the city parking lots in the center of Odessa. There were several cars of the “Municipal Guard”. Their goal was to dismantle the parking bars of the “Redut” law company. However, they met resistance of the parking lot renter’s employees. It ended up with a conflict. The journalists were recording what was happening on cameras, but for some unknown reason the representatives of the “Municipal Guard” used special equipment in the form of tear gas and rubber clubs. As a result, three journalists were injured. At least two of them were delivered to a medical facility.

At the moment, there are criminal proceedings: part 2 of Article 296 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine; Article 171 (obstruction of the professional activity of journalists); article 345-1 (threat or violence against a journalist).

Two employees of the Municipal Guard were reported of suspicions. Odessa Local Prosecutor’s Office No. 3 is in charge of the criminal investigation which was opened after the events on the Nekrasova street.



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July 15, 2018

Riots break out in France after 2018 World Cup victory

Riots break out in France after 2018 World Cup victory

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After France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup after having defeated the team from Croatia in the final football game on Sunday, celebrations turned into riots in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Ajaccio, Strasbourg and Rouen. In total 292 people were arrested.

In Paris, masked troublemakers described as “youth” attacked a major store and threw bottles at police. Nearby, 4000 police were in readiness and responded with water cannon and tear gas. 90 were arrested.

In Marseille, two police officers were wounded and ten persons were detained.

In Lyon, 100 “youth” caused unrest and police responded by firing tear gas at them. Police arrested 18 people.



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August 30, 2016

Lightning strikes dead more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway

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A lightning strike in Southern Norway’s Hardangervidda region has killed more than 300 wild reindeer, according to reports from local authorities. The bodies were discovered on Friday by a hunting warden at the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate located between Møsvatn and Kalhovd in Telemark County. Knut Nylend of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate operations center told Sputnik News, “The deer were found dead in an area 50-80 meters in diameter”. Due to an intense thunderstorm on Friday afternoon, Nylend suspects the herd were killed by a lightning strike.

The rare incident has left 323 deer dead, including 70 young calves and 5 others needing to be euthanized due to injury. A representative from Norway’s Environment Agency, Kjartan Knutsen, also spoke to the AFP. “There were very strong storms in the area on Friday. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning.”

Although the close proximity of the bodies indicate they were killed by a lightning strike, further tests are underway. Samples of the dead animals’ blood and tissue will be examined for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which was detected in both Norwegian reindeer and elk earlier this year. It is still unclear what will happen to the carcasses and if they will be collected and disposed of.



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Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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August 29, 2016

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

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Guan Youfei, rear admiral of the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China has met with the Syrian Defence Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij in the city of Damascus to discuss China’s ties with Syria and to provide special military training to the Syrian Military. Beijing has supported the Bashar al-Assad government since 2011 by providing medical equipment and support but has decided to further this help with military and medical training. According to defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian the training will take place in China and is intended to ease the humanitarian crisis. The announcement from China’s Defense Ministry comes days after a Russian defense official called for a multi-national, non-NATO aliiance in Syria. The defence official is hoping that the fight against the Islamic state could end within a year with the combined efforts of Russia, China, India and Iran in Syria.



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