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SpaceX capsule back on Earth, paving way for new manned US flights

Washington - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, completing a NASA demonstration mission that paves the way for the resumption of manned space flights from the US.

New SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS test mission

Cape Canaveral - NASA and SpaceX celebrated the successful launch Saturday of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station -- a key step towards resuming manned space flights from US soil after an eight-year break.

French justice minister calls sports hijab row 'hysterical'

Paris - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday waded into a row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, saying she regretted the "hysterical" debate and stressing that selling such items would in no way br...

Elon Musk tweet may cost him job as Tesla CEO

New York - The standoff between US stock regulators and mercurial Tesla chief Elon Musk has taken a dramatic turn over a tweet that could cost the entrepreneur his job as CEO of the electric carmaker.

Retailer Decathlon cancels plans to sell sport 'hijab' in France

Paris - Retailer Decathlon Tuesday cancelled plans to sell a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, following an outcry.

Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles

Washington - Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots.

Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida

Washington - An unmanned rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.

Israel's first Moon mission blasts off from Florida

Washington - An unmanned rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Washington - During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet -- but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample.

Fake eyelashes from N.Korea cost US cosmetics firm $1 mln fine

Los Angeles - California firm E.L.F. cosmetics has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from UN-sanctioned North Korea, the US Treasury Department announced.

French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

Paris - A French public health watchdog warned Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their products.

Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket

Washington - Blue Origin, the rocket company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is poised to launch the 10th test flight of its unmanned New Shepard rocket on Wednesday as it competes with Virgin Galactic to become the first to carry tourists on brief visits to s...

In space, the US sees a rival in China

Washington - During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union's rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China's space programs that have most worried US strategists.

Carlos Ghosn to 'vigorously' defend himself in Japanese court: son

Paris - Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will "vigorously" defend himself in a Japanese court this week after refusing to sign a confession in return for being released from custody, his son has told a French Sunday newspaper.

Bulgaria to start talks with US on acquiring F-16 jets

Sofia - Bulgaria's defense ministry asked the government on Friday to start direct talks with the United States on acquiring F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-built MiG-29 planes."The acquisition ....

First supply trip to space since Soyuz failure poised to launch

Washington - A US spaceship loaded with supplies for the International Space Station is poised to launch Thursday, marking the first such trip since a Soyuz rocket carrying three people failed last month.

No more taxi service to Space Station after Soyuz fiasco

Washington - The taxi service to the orbiting International Space Station is taking no passengers until further notice.

Fired French Goodyear workers make last stand in court

Amiens - More than 800 former employees at a Goodyear factory in France converged for a mass court hearing Thursday to seek compensation for their dismissal when the US tyre giant closed the site in 2014.

Canadian Nobel physics laureate hails womens' progress

Waterloo - Canada's Donna Strickland, the first female Nobel Prize winner in physics since 1963, said Tuesday that women have "come a long way" since the previous laureate, Maria Goeppert Mayer."When I get on my soapbox if I'm teaching them, I talk about Mary.

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Hawthorne - A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along.

French slaughterhouse workers on trial accused of cruelty

Pau - Five slaughterhouse workers went on trial in southern France on Monday over footage showing abuse of livestock at the site which prompted widespread outrage as well as inspections at abattoirs nationwide.

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

Paris - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Su...

France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

Paris - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Su...

Vaccine row erupts in Italy as populist govt seeks to ease rules

Rome - A row is erupting over vaccines in Italy as the country's new populist government fights to roll back a law that bans children from attending school if they haven't received a series of jabs.

Baron Empain, survivor of brutal 1978 kidnapping, dies at 80

Apo - Leading Franco-Belgian industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, whose brutal kidnapping in France in 1978 made headlines, has died at the age of 80, a relative said.

France to spend 37 bn euros on upgrading nuclear arsenal

Paris - France is planning a 37-billion-euro revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said Thursday.

Industry Canada Announces G8 Dot Force Meeting

OTTAWA - On February 6, 2001 Industry Canada announced the inaugural meeting of the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force (G8 dot force) Canadian Advisory Committee. The G8 dot force was established by the G8 leaders at their last summit, held in Okin...

Canadian Minister of Industry Announces BDC Appointment

OTTAWA - Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), today announced the appointment of Cedric E. Ritchie, OC, as Chairman of the Board of the BDC for a three year term. "Cedric Rit...
 

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