Space tourists come back to Earth after three days in orbit

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The Elon Musk-developed spacecraft splashed down in calm seas off Florida on Saturday evening.Four space tourists on board the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down off Florida’s coast on Saturday, completing the first-ever three-day mission in Earth’s orbit with no professional astronauts on board. The SpaceX Dragon capsule’s heat shield allowed it to withstand the…

France accuses Australia, US of ‘lying’ over submarine deal

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Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says a ‘serious crisis’ is now in progress between allies after Canberra scraps submarines contract with Paris.France has accused longtime allies Australia and the United States of lying over a security pact that saw the Australian government scrap a contract to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels. “There…

Niger’s nomadic herders get together to celebrate cultural ties

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For three days, this semi-arid patch edging the Sahara desert blooms with a riot of colours – red, orange, blue, fuschia – as thousands of nomadic herders don their best dress for a festival celebrating their culture. For most of the time, the tiny oasis town of Ingall has a population of just a few…

Argentina’s Fernandez reshuffles Cabinet after crisis week

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President appoints Tucuman Provincial Governor Juan Manzur as Cabinet chief replacing Santiago Cafiero who was named foreign minister.Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has reshuffled his Cabinet, looking to draw a line under a bruising week that saw infighting within the governing Peronist Judicialist Party threaten to derail the government coalition. Late Friday night’s reshuffle, after a…

China’s Xi warns of ‘interference’ as Australia brushes off anger

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “interference from external forces” in the region, as Australia shrugged off Beijing’s growing anger about its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, and promised to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where China has staked hotly contested claims. In an address before the Shanghai Cooperation…

Algeria’s former President Bouteflika dies at 84

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Veteran of Algeria’s war for independence ruled the North African country for two decades before his resignation in April 2019.Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the country’s presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army. Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria’s…