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Chinese takeover marks new chapter in history of British Steel

London - A Chinese buy-out marks a new chapter in the tumultuous history of steelmaking in the United Kingdom, which has been characterised by nationalisation, privatisations and recurring crises.

Audit raps French energy giant EDF over nuclear project

Paris - An official report rapped French energy giant EDF on the knuckles Monday for lacking a "culture of quality," as reflected in huge delays and price overruns at a nuclear plant it has been building for more than a decade.

Invest in Artemis to get a ride to Moon: US

Washington - Several countries want their astronauts to hitch a ride with the United States on its next set of lunar missions, but the second nation to have Moon boots on the ground will depend on how much they contribute, NASA's chief said Thursday.

NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

Washington - As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you

New York - Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets.

Anxiety, questions linger after French chemicals inferno

Rouen - Farmers have been banned from selling produce, locals stock up on surgical masks from pharmacies and an acrid smell of pollution hangs in the air.

Pressure mounts on French govt over chemical factory fire fallout

Rouen - French officials faced growing pressure Tuesday over their response to pollution concerns following a massive fire at a chemicals plant, which spewed huge clouds of smoke and soot across the northern city of Rouen.

French minister admits possible health risk after chemical plant fire

Rouen - France's health minister on Friday said she could not guarantee there was no risk to the public after a massive fire ravaged a chemicals factory in the northern city of Rouen, spewing smoke and soot.

Chemical plant fire in northern France threatens Seine

Rouen - Acrid black smoke billowed over the northern French city of Rouen on Thursday after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, forcing authorities to close schools and warn of potential pollution risks for the nearby Seine river.

Chemical plant fire breaks out in northern France

Caen - Black smoke billowed over the northern French town of Rouen on Thursday after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, leading authorities to close schools and recommend people nearby stay in their homes.

Dr Barbie, nurse Ken: French toymakers to fight stereotypes

Paris - French toymakers signed a pact on Tuesday, three months before Christmas, to rid games and toys of gender stereotypes the government blames for keeping women out of maths and science careers.

French minister blasts unauthorised neurological tests as 'scandal'

Paris - Unauthorised trials, partly conducted in a French abbey, of hormone-steeped skin patches on hundreds of sufferers of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases, were on Friday condemned as "a scandal" by the country's health minister who ...

Despondent Guatemalan coffee growers dream of US return

Morales - Many Guatemalans who spent years working in the United States to come home and set up a small coffee-growing business have seen their savings drained and their hopes dashed due to low coffee prices.

US fake meat firm mounts challenge to legal restrictions

Washington - A US firm that sells turkey-flavored tofu has taken legal action against a law that prohibits use of the word "meat" to describe its products, amid a political backlash to the growing popularity of meat substitutes.

Fashion for hire: Americans embrace clothing rental services

New York - Remember when you bought an expensive evening gown for an event, only to ever wear it once or twice? Or picked up a trendy T-shirt, only to leave it gathering dust in the closet?

Major shuffle at NASA in rush to meet Trump's moon deadline

Washington - NASA has replaced the head of its human space exploration directorate in a major shake-up, US media reported Wednesday, as the agency scrambles to meet President Donald Trump's ambitious deadline to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Paris - European aircraft maker Airbus will ask airlines operating 25 of its oldest A380 super-jumbo jets to inspect their wings after cracks were found in some models, the EU's Aviation Safety Agency said.

Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying taxis

Le Bourget - Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport.

Europe takes new step toward future combat jet

Le Bourget - France, Germany and Spain on Monday unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative to American planes.

For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

Dijon - "Classic chemotherapywas awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Counterfeit medicine a 'growing threat': EU study

Paris - Counterfeit medicine is a "growing threat" in Europe, causing serious illness or even death and costing the pharmaceutical industry billions every year, according to a study published Wednesday.

Animal rights activists march against abbatoirs in Paris

Paris - Hundreds of animal rights campaigners from a range of groups marched through Paris Saturday calling for the closure of all abattoirs.

Car firms call on Trump to keep emission limits

Washington - More than a dozen car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have officially asked US President Donald Trump not to relax emission limits, to avoid a fragmentation of the car market, US media reported.

Time to start studying females too, urges scientist

Washington - US neurobiologist Rebecca Shansky recalled her first experiences studying mice in the lab two decades ago: the "default" was to study males.

SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network

Washington - SpaceX has launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space in an array that could one day contain over 12,000 orbiting transponders.

Regulators fail to set date for 737 MAX return to service

Fort Worth - Civil aviation regulators from around the world failed to make a determination Thursday on when Boeing's popular 737 MAX aircraft can return to the skies after being grounded following two deadly crashes.

SpaceX, NASA tight-lipped on cause of crew capsule incident

Washington - NASA and SpaceX remained tight-lipped Thursday about what caused a mysterious but apparently serious incident last weekend during engine tests on the Crew Dragon capsule designed to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) later thi...

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

To get to the Moon in 2024, the rocket is just NASA's first headache

Colorado Springs - In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Alan Campbell, a project manager for space systems at the famed Draper Laboratory that built the computer which took astronauts to the Moon 50 years ago, is waiting for news from NASA.

Ridding space of old satellites and debris

Colorado Springs - With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it's an opportunity.
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