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Experimental European space lander to begin descent to Mars
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is dispatching an experimental probe on the final leg of its mission to land on Mars.
The Schiaparelli space lander is to separate from its mother ship at 1442 GMT (10:42 EDT) Sunday in preparation for a controlled descent to the red planet Wednesday.
The probe will take images of Mars and conduct scientific measurements on the surface, but its main purpose is to test technology for a future European Mars rover.
ESA's last attempted Mars landing with the Beagle 2 rover failed in 2003.
Schiaparelli's mother ship will remain in orbit to analyze gases in the Martian atmosphere to help answer whether there is or was life on Mars.
The ExoMars mission is a joint venture between ESA and Russia's Roscosmos space agency.
Balkan weapons trafficked west still a 'major problem'
Belgrade (AFP) - A year after jihadists used weapons manufactured in Serbia to gun down victims in Paris, Balkan countries are struggling to end the scourge of illegal arms trafficking.The killers who opened fire at the Bataclan theatre, cafes and restaurants in the French capital last November used Yugoslav-era assault rifles produced by Serbia's Zastava Arms.Months earlier the Kouachi brothers, behind the deadly assault on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices, carried a rocket launcher from the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
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Dzeko scores twice to help Roma beat Fiorentina 4-0
ROME (AP) — Edin Dezko is going from strength to strength in his second season in Italian football, scoring twice as Roma beat Fiorentina 4-0 in Serie A on Tuesday.Dzeko moved top of the goalscoring charts on 17 goals, more than double the amount he scored in a miserable first season with Roma.It was the first time Dzeko has netted at least 17 league goals in a season since he scored 22 for Wolfsburg in 2009/10.Federico Fazio and Radja Nainggolan scored the other goals as Roma moved back two… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
American isolationism? World signals it may no longer be possible
Donald Trump, presidential candidate, was going to buck seven decades of American leadership and imperial engagement with the world by turning inward and implementing an “America First” foreign policy.Donald Trump, president of the United States, appears to be finding that the world is not ready for a withdrawn and isolationist America.Indeed the rapid evolution of a maverick and topsy-turvy presidency to its current awkward embrace of a more traditional internationalist role suggests the world… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Arsenal goal will lift his confidence
Eden Hazard admits his goal in Chelsea's weekend win over Arsenal will help his confidence as he looks to replicate his outstanding form of last season. The midfielder broke his duck for the campaign as his deflected effort went in to seal a 2-0 win for the Premier League champions. Hazard scored 14 times last term and won the PFA Player of the Year award as well as his club's equivalent prize for the second season running. He has had a slower start this time around but the 24-year-old… chat_bubble_outline Read More...