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British astronaut swaps family Christmas for space mission
Dec15

British astronaut swaps family Christmas for space mission

BAIKONUR (AFP) – Astronaut Timothy Peake, set to become the first Briton to travel to the International Space Station, said on the eve of his departure that he would look down on Earth at Christmas time and think of his family — hopefully while tucking into some Christmas pudding himself.The former army major — a European Space...

Football: Barca draw Arsenal in Champions League last 16
Dec15

Football: Barca draw Arsenal in Champions League last 16

NYON (AFP) – European champions Barcelona will go up against English Premier League leaders Arsenal in the Champions League last 16 after they were thrown together in Mondays draw.French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain were drawn against 2012 winners Chelsea for the third straight season, while Bayern Munich will meet last years finalists...

Kerry flies to Moscow to discuss Syria, Ukraine strife, weigh Assad’s fate, press for eased Turkey tensions
Dec14

Kerry flies to Moscow to discuss Syria, Ukraine strife, weigh Assad’s fate, press for eased Turkey tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia for talks aimed at narrowing gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria’s civil war and restoring stability in eastern Ukraine. After spending last week at climate talks outside the French capital, Kerry leaves Paris on Monday for Moscow, where he will […] The...

Bioterrorism threat: Matter of concern
Dec14

Bioterrorism threat: Matter of concern

With current technology, an enemy could complete a BW attack before the local commander or medical officer would know anything had happened. Increasing numbers of casualties would be present in a shorter period than a natural epidemic The grim specter of biological warfare and bioterrorism is real. Biological warfare is the intentional use of...

Western arms makers see sales fall, Russia rises: SIPRI
Dec14

Western arms makers see sales fall, Russia rises: SIPRI

Arms manufacturers in North America and Western Europe dominated international arms sales in 2014, but their market share dropped while Russian and Asian companies saw theirs rise, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported Monday. Total turnover for the 100 biggest arms and military services companies declined for the...

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks
Dec14

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia for talks aimed at narrowing gaps with Russian leaders over a political …read more Source: Taiwan...

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks
Dec14

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

PARIS (AP) ” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia for talks aimed at narrowing gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria’s civil war and restoring stability in restive eastern Ukraine.After… …read more Source: The New Zealand...

EU leaders set to extend Russia sanctions at summit (AFP)
Dec14

EU leaders set to extend Russia sanctions at summit (AFP)

Brussels (AFP) – EU leaders will debate sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict at a summit this week and are expected to extend them for another six months, officials said on Monday. …read more Source: The West...

EU has imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions targeting Russia’s banking, oil and defence sectors.
Dec14

EU has imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions targeting Russia’s banking, oil and defence sectors.

European Union leaders will start debate sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict at a summit this week and are expected to extend them for another six months. According to reports, EU imposed wide-ranging economic sanctions targeting Russia’s banking, oil and defence sectors after the last year shooting down of a Malaysia...

Matchups for the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 set
Dec14

Matchups for the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 set

Matchups for the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 were set on Monday. Chelsea will once again face Paris Saint-Germain, the team that knocked the Blues out of the Champions League last 16 last season, while Arsenal, which overcame a disastrous start to the group stage just to advance, will face even longer odds when it goes head-to-head...

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