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Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite has arrived successfully in orbit above the planet. Hurtling through space for the past 10 months, the Maven craft slammed on the brakes by firing its thrusters. The 33-minute burn removed sufficient speed to allow the satellite to be captured by Mars' gravity. We made it to Mars...

Bangladesh envoy to US presents credential to Obama

Bangladesh envoy to US presents credential to Obama

The newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to US Mohammad Ziauddin presented his credential to President Barak Obama on Thursday (US time).   On receiving the credential papers, President Obama welcomed the ambassador in the Oval Office of the White House, said a press release issued from Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC. Welcome to the new...

IS crisis: US House approves Obama Syria plan

IS crisis: US House approves Obama Syria plan

The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State. The vote passed by a large majority in the Republican-controlled House and is expected to be adopted in the Senate. The endorsement came after President Obama repeated that he would not be...

Ebola global security threat: Obama

Ebola global security threat: Obama

President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region...

First US airstrikes in Iraq under new IS plan

First US airstrikes in Iraq under new IS plan

The US has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State (IS) fighters, the US military has said. It said that the attacks took place on Sunday and Monday near Mount Sinjar and south-west of Baghdad. They were the first made as part of expanded efforts outlined...

Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

More than $1bn is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak - a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN's Ebola co-ordinator has said. David Nabarro made the announcement as the World Health Organization (WHO) described the health crisis as "unparalleled in modern times". It has killed 2,461 people this year, half of...

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic...

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

Coalition set for IS talks in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed...

2 US Navy jets crash in Pacific ocean

2 US Navy jets crash in Pacific ocean

The US Navy is continuing to search for a missing pilot, after two of its jets crashed into the western Pacific Ocean, a spokesman has said. The F/A-18C Hornets were operating off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson when they came down. Pledge to ACT if you notice signs of distress in your shipmates ...

CIA triples estimate of IS number

CIA triples estimate of IS number

The CIA says the Islamic State (IS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria - three times as many as previously feared. A spokesman said the new estimate was based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August. IS has seized vast swathes of Iraq and beheaded several...

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