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Mars formed over a longer time than previous estimates suggest

How old is Mars? Certainly older than previous estimates according to scientists who have conducted simulations of the impacts that produced the mixed Mars mantle during the early years of the formation of our Solar System.

Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to US

Mexico - The son of a powerful Mexican drug lord was Thursday extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for trafficking, a government source told AFP.

Erdogan ramps up diplomatic push over Syria crisis

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would talk to his Russian counterpart over the Syria conflict on Friday, as efforts intensified to avoid more bloodshed in the final rebel holdout.

Review: Billy Joel and Itzhak Perlman masterful at Madison Square Garden Special

New York - On February 20, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel performed his monthly residency show at Madison Square Garden, with special guest violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.

Turkey claims 50 Syrian soldiers killed in retaliatory attacks

Clashes in Syria's Idlib Province have increased Thursday as Turkish forces attacked Syrian Army forces. The Turks claim to have killed over 50 Syrian soldiers. Turkish officials said their attacks were in retaliation for Syria's killing of two soldiers.

Review: Afrojack and Ally Brooke release infectious 'All Night' single Special

World-renowned electronic star Afrojack released his brand new single, the refreshing "All Night," where he collaborates with Ally Brooke.

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities were on high alert Friday after banning travel the previous day to and from Iran, where authorities say the death toll from the new coronavirus has hit four.

As Iraqis rally against corruption, ministries up 'for sale'

Baghdad - With Iraq rocked by months of protests against corruption and nepotism, the judiciary is investigating allegations ministeries are up for sale as politicians wrangle to form a new government.

Computer scientist who designed cut, copy and paste, has died

Pioneering computer scientist Larry Tesler, perhaps best known as the inventor of the 'cut, copy and paste' functionality, has died aged 74. Tesler was also one of the developers of early Apple computers.

Pressure and expulsions: the trials of foreign media in China

Shanghai - China's expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters this week over a headline that displeased Beijing highlights the precarious status of foreign journalists working in the country.

Review: Mistakes catch up with this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a citywide manhunt; a pertinent revival of a classic TV show; a strategy that determined a war; entitled rich kids with no boundaries; a precautionary tale with a sci-fi twist; and a historic South Korean film.

India tempers Trump's hopes of 'millions' in welcome parade

Ahmedabad - It may be a misunderstanding, a translation error or his showman schtick, but Indian officials are tempering Donald Trump's expectations that millions of Indians will line up to welcome him next week -- by a matter of zeroes.

Culture war rages amid the glitter at Rio carnival

Rio De Janeiro - The sanctuary at her evangelical mega-church in Rio de Janeiro is where Eleonor Teresa Sousa comes to feel closer to God, and farther from the sin of a city gearing up for carnival.

Emboldened by 'heroes' and hate music, white extremists on the rise

Paris - They may lack centralised organisation or even a common goal, but white supremacists encouraged by the exploits of extremist "heroes" canonised on social media pose an ever-growing security threat, analysts say.

EU leaders make last-ditch push for budget 'miracle'

Apo - Feuding EU leaders made a last ditch push to agree on the bloc's trillion-euro budget on Friday, with France and Germany pushing "frugals" and big-spenders to find common ground.

Germany races to act on far-right threat after deadly shootings

Berlin - German ministers promised on Friday to ramp up security and put more police on the streets to quell public fears, two days after a racist gunman killed nine people.

DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

Fpo - With chronic face mask shortages in the midst of a virus outbreak, Hong Kongers have started making their own -- with a pop-up production line and seamstresses churning them out on sewing machines.

New virus cases soar in S.Korea and Chinese prisons, more die in Iran

Bejing - Two more people died from the new coronavirus in Iran, infections nearly doubled in South Korea, and clusters surfaced in Chinese prisons Friday, rekindling concerns about an epidemic that has killed more than 2,200 people in China.

US prepares to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on February 29

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are set to sign a historic agreement that would pave the way to ending America's longest war, the bitter foes announced Friday, hours after Kabul said a week-long partial truce across Afghanistan would kick off this weekend.

Iranians pay tribute to 'martyr general' as they vote

Tehran - In Iran, learning to be an anti-American soldier of the Islamic republic can start as early as 19 months of age -- at least for one family voting in Friday's general election.
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