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India sends its largest rocket to space

India sends its largest rocket to space

India has launched into space its largest rocket designed to carry heavier communication satellites and a capsule, capable of carrying astronauts. On Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that the 630-ton Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) took off from Sriharikota in the southeast state of Andhra Pradesh. “The powerful launch vehicle has come [&hellip

FARC calls for indefinite ceasefire

FARC calls for indefinite ceasefire

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire with the government. “We have resolved to declare a unilateral ceasefire and end to hostilities for an indefinite time, which should transform into an armistice,” said FARC on Wednesday, adding that the truce is to begin on December 20. The FARC rebels [&hellip

FIFA ethics investigator resigns

FIFA ethics investigator resigns

The lawyer tasked with investigations into World Cup corruption claims has resigned over the handling of his findings. Michael Garcia issued a resignation statement on Wednesday due to “lack of leadership” at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The resignation from the FIFA ethics committee came a day after the association presented a 42-page [&hellip

54 Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death

54 Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists. The soldiers’ lawyer said on Wednesday that a court martial in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja condemned the soldiers to death by firing squad over charges of mutiny, assault, and cowardice, The Associated Press reported. Five [&hellip

Somalia appoints new prime minister

Somalia appoints new prime minister

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed the Horn of Africa nation’s ambassador to the United States as new prime minister following the ouster of his predecessor earlier this month. During a ceremony at Villa Somalia presidential compound in Mogadishu on Wednesday afternoon, Mohamud named 54-year-old political heavyweight, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, to the post [&hellip

Rwanda genocide court to shut down

Rwanda genocide court to shut down

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has announced its closure amid criticism over its exorbitant cost and failure to provide enough justice following the country’s 1994 genocide. The Tanzanian-based and UN-backed ICTR announced that it will close up after two decades of work that saw 61 convictions, including seven who are still waiting for [&hellip

230 bodies found in Syria mass grave

230 bodies found in Syria mass grave

Over two hundred bodies of people massacred by ISIL Takfiri militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr Province. The 230 bodies were found by relatives of the victim’s who were all from the Sheitaat tribe, said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday. The latest discovery brings the [&hellip

Palestine submits UN resolution

Palestine submits UN resolution

Palestinians have submitted a draft UN Security Council resolution in an effort to end Israeli occupation by the end of 2017. The draft was presented to the UN by Jordan, said Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour at a press conference on Wednesday. The draft seeks a final settlement deal with Israel in 12 [&hellip

Cuba’s Castro welcomes US ties renewal

Cuba’s Castro welcomes US ties renewal

Cuban President Raul Castro has welcomed the renewal of relations with the United States, 53 years after diplomatic ties were broken. Castro made the announcement in a televised address on Wednesday, saying that both countries would labor to resolve their differences “without renouncing a single one of our principles,” The Associated Press reported. Castro went on [&hellip

Global population gets six more years

Global population gets six more years

Global life expectancy has increased by over six years since 1990, due to falling death rates and better survival rates, a report says. Analysis of the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study showed that global life expectancy had increased by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between 1990 and 2013. The [&hellip