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Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home - metro

Pregnant Highland cow mauled to death by Rottweiler who escaped owners’ home

The dog ripped the cow's tongue out.
metro - 10 hours ago
The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world - metro

The UK now has the highest Covid death rate in the world

Around 16 people in every million are dying from the virus, new data has revealed.
metro - 10 hours ago

'Global pandemic alert system not fit for purpose': WHO report critical of China's & its own responses to Covid crisis

China, other governments and the WHO itself didn't act fast and decisively enough against the novel coronavirus, allowing it to become a pandemic, an interim report by an independent WHO panel on the handling of the crisis states.
rt - 10 hours ago
Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days - channel 4

Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days

A Russian judge has imprisoned the opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days. The hearing took place not in court, but a police station, with Navalny’s lawyer given barely any notice. The UK and other European countries are understood to be weighing possible further sanctions.
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How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy? - channel 4

How has Trump’s talk of ‘fake news’ undermined US democracy?

In just over 40 hours, on Wednesday early morning, President Trump will leave the White House to fly to West Palm Beach in Florida, skipping the inauguration ceremony of his successor – the first outgoing President to do so since Andrew Johnson in 1869.  If there has been an element of continuity in Trump’s presidency,…
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MPs vote to extend universal credit increase - channel 4

MPs vote to extend universal credit increase

In the last few minutes MPs have voted to support the extension of the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit.
channel 4 - 11 hours ago
Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK - channel 4

Trump presidency ‘an aberration’ – Lewis Lukens, former US deputy chief of mission to UK

With a new incoming President in the White House, that is also going to mean a new US ambassador in the United Kingdom. Like Donald Trump, the man who’s been in charge of the embassy for the past three years has proved to be a controversial figure. The former deputy chief of mission at the…
channel 4 - 11 hours ago
FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration - channel 4

FBI investigates background of troops guarding Capitol ahead of Biden inauguration

There is a vaccine story in Washington too – 30 million doses delivered so far, but only 12 million have ended up in people’s arms. President-elect Biden intends to change that quickly. Today, he visited a food bank as Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated and there are fears of similar…
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Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England - channel 4

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable offered Covid jabs in England

ore than four million people have had a first dose and from today the over-70s in England are being offered jabs.
channel 4 - 11 hours ago
Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark - channel 4

Hospitals under intense pressure as vaccinations pass four million mark

Although vaccination numbers are rising sharply, hospitals remain under intense pressure. The number of patients with coronavirus in UK hospitals is the highest that it's been throughout the pandemic.
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Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS) - rt

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, migration authorities have said.
rt - 11 hours ago

'Deepest concerns': South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells, making it more infectious, govt adviser says

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the government's advising chief epidemiologist said on Monday.
rt - 13 hours ago
Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe - rt

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known.
rt - 13 hours ago
China

China's Hebei province to reexamine Covid-19 test results after lab caught out over positive cases

Health officials in the Chinese province of Hebei will review hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by third-party agencies after it was revealed that one laboratory allegedly hid positive cases of the disease.
rt - 14 hours ago
The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack - vice

The FBI Is Vetting 25,000 Inauguration Troops Over Fears of an Inside Attack

The FBI is reportedly concerned about National Guard troops with far-right and extremist views and affiliations.
vice - 14 hours ago
Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes - rt

Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is set to return to service in Canada following a flight ban of almost two years, which was imposed after crashes that killed hundreds of people, the country's transport regulator said on Monday.
rt - 14 hours ago
Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened - rt

Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened

Opposition politicians in India have called for an investigation into a potential national security leak after a TV anchor’s messages showed he had prior knowledge of airstrikes launched against Pakistan in February 2019.
rt - 15 hours ago
Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration - rt

Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration

Iran’s most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
rt - 15 hours ago
Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of

Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'

The German government is considering the extension of the country's lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections.
rt - 15 hours ago
‘Predator’ who got three children pregnant raped fourth child after being freed - metro

‘Predator’ who got three children pregnant raped fourth child after being freed

Travis Butler has now been jailed for life after molesting an underage girl he met on Facebook
metro - 15 hours ago
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China launches robotic mission to haul Moon rocks back to Earth, first in over 40 years

China launches robotic mission to haul Moon rocks back to Earth, first in over 40 years

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Beijing's space agency has embarked on a project to harvest rocks from the lunar surface with a robotic craft and bring them back to Earth, a feat accomplished by only two other nations and last attempted nearly 50 years ago.

The China National Space Administration’s (CNSA) Chang’e-5 mission blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in a pre-dawn launch on Monday, putting the advanced robotic craft and its Long March-5 carrier rocket – the largest of its kind in China – on course for the Moon. If all goes off without a hitch, the craft is meant to gather space rocks off the pock-marked satellite and ship them back home by mid-December.

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In addition to collecting lunar materials to help scientists understand the moon’s origins and history, the mission will also put Chinese robotics to the test, using a remotely operated craft to grab and store the rock samples in preparation for more complicated tasks.

“This is one thing that the Chinese space program is very good at,” Andrew Jones, a journalist who closely follows China’s space program, told the Verge.

They set incremental targets and goals, and they build on what they’ve achieved and make more ambitious targets.

Should the mission be successful, China would become the third nation alongside the United States and the Soviet Union to gather materials from the moon’s surface, last achieved by the USSR’s Luna 24 mission in 1976.

Weighing in at around 18,100 pounds (8,200 kilograms), the spacecraft is expected to arrive in orbit around the Moon on November 28, and within a day or two will likely send both a lander and an ascent vehicle to a previously unexplored location on the surface, Space.com reported. The exact timeframe is unclear, however, as officials in Beijing have kept some details of the mission under wraps.

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After reaching solid ground, the robot will spend one lunar day – roughly a fortnight on Earth – collecting about four pounds of lunar rock, soil and dust, hopefully avoiding the “extreme overnight temperatures that could damage electronics,” according to Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Before heading back home, the precious cargo will be loaded onto an ascent craft, which will then rendezvous with the main vehicle waiting in orbit, what a research coordinator at the European Space Agency (ESA), Jampes Carpenter, said would be “a good rehearsal for future human exploration.” For China, that could mean practice for a manned Moon mission set for 2030.

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