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French prosecutors charge seven, including two teens, over teacher’s killing

Two teenagers accused of pointing out French teacher Samuel Paty to his killer who beheaded him were on Wednesday charged with complicity in terrorist murder, prosecutors said, as the nation paid homage to the slain educator. “We will not give up cartoons,” President Emmanuel Macron earlier told a solemn ceremony at the Sorbonne university in Paris attended by Paty’s family, who was targeted for having shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed in a civics class discussion on free speech early this month. The president gave France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honour, to Paty and said he had been slain by “cowards” for representing the secular, democratic values of the French Republic. “He was killed because Islamists want our future...

Coronavirus: Brussels worst in Europe, health minister says

The Covid-19 situation in Brussels and the Wallonia region is "the worst and most dangerous in all of Europe", Belgium's health minister said in a radio interview with RTL on Monday. Frank Vandenbroucke added that both regions face a "tsunami" of infections and hospitals will soon be unable to cope. The Belgian crisis centre has recorded more than 10,000 infections on a daily basis since last week....

Samuel Paty murder: French police raid dozens of Islamist groups

French police have raided dozens of Islamist groups and suspected extremists amid growing pressure on the government to clamp down on religious fundamentalism three days after a teacher was beheaded outside his school. The interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said on Monday that the swoops on Islamists – including individuals who expressed support for the attack – should send the message that “enemies of the republic cannot expect a minute’s respite” and more police operations would follow. Darmanin said about 80 investigations were under way into radical preachers and suspected extremists accused of spreading online hate, and authorities were urgently assessing about 50 associations in the Muslim community, “some of which will certainly b...

Tension and defiance in trenches of Karabakh

Scorched grass, some trees on the horizon and coils of barbed wire are visible from a small slit in the wall protecting a trench on the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh. Here Armenian soldiers seeking to keep control of the disputed region of Azerbaijan take turns to watch the activities of their foe in the Azerbaijan-held territory, located just 100 metres (328 feet) away. The afternoon has been comparatively calm on this part of the Karabakh frontline. But in other places fighting had resumed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, each blaming the other for violating a new ceasefire hours after it came into force. As the servicemen are standing outside in the sun, the humming of a military drone forces them to swiftly take cover. "It finds...

SpaceX to launch first Starship rocket to Mars in this year, reveals CEO Elon Musk

Billionaire business and SpaceX owner Elon Musk has announced that his company will launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in 2024. "I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window," Space.com quoted Elon Musk as saying. Musk made the statement during a discussion at the International Mars Society Convention. It is to be noted that China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched missions to Mars in July 2020 and the next "window" to launch a mission to Red Planet will open in 2022. Musk also said that SpaceX "would maybe have a shot of sending or trying to send something to Mars in three years," if the mission timings didn't depend on the "orbital mechanics that call fo...

How President Trump can still win the US election

Recent polls suggest Joe Biden has a significant and steady lead over Republican Donald Trump in this year's presidential race in both national preference and key swing-state surveys. Due to record-shattering fundraising, the Democrat also has a sizeable financial advantage, which means he'll be able to blanket the airwaves with his campaign message in the final weeks. Electoral analysts have been increasing their odds that Trump will lose his re-election bid. Nate Silver's Fivethirtyeight.com blog currently has Biden with an 87% chance of winning, while Decision Desk HQ puts him at 83.5%. How is Trump doing in the polls? If all of this is painfully familiar to Democrats, it should be. At a similar point four years ago, Hillary Clinton w...

Not stopping Turkey in this conflict, you will get another Syria, Armenian President says

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia calls Turkey’s Recep Erdogan a regional bully Speaking to CBN News, President Sarkissian confirmed that Turkey is recruiting Syrian mercenaries to join Azerbaijan’s army in the fight against Armenia. “I can confirm this, and it’s not only confirmation from my side. International organizations and even intelligence departments of different states have confirmed that,” the President said. President Sarkissian accuses Turkey, and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of being a bully and making the crisis worse. Turkey has deployed drones and reportedly sold more than $123 million worth of military hardware to support Azerbaijan. When asked about the consequences of not stopping Turkey’s involvemen...

New jets promise to revive supersonic travel

"People have always wanted to travel fast, ever since the first person galloped across the plains on horseback," says Mike Bannister. And he should know. Mr Bannister flew Concorde with British Airways for 22 years. As the airline's senior Concorde captain he piloted the final commercial flight over London in October 2003 and subsequently the very last flight delivering a Concorde to a Bristol museum. Nearly two decades later the world is edging closer to again having passenger jets that can fly faster than the speed of sound. This month, Boom Supersonic rolled out its XB-1 supersonic test plane. It's the first civilian supersonic aircraft since the Soviet Union's Tupolev TU-144 in 1968. The skinny, sharply-pointed machine wil...

Project Iceman: Anders Hofman and Antarctica's first Ironman triathlon

Monday, 24 February 2020, 3:30am. Cape Legoupil, Antarctica The weather window of 24-36 hours has passed and I am still here. Reduced to a walk and with the snow coming in sideways, I have had to make camp. Now, I can barely stand up outside the tent. The glacier is at the centre of a blizzard, with gusts of more than 90mph. There is nothing to do but wait. For how long, I don't know. It is no longer a race, it is survival. Short presentational grey line A year earlier and more than 5,000 miles north of Cape Legoupil, Anders Hofman stood shivering in weak winter sunlight on the edge of Copenhagen harbour. Wearing only a pair of black trunks, he plunged into the still, dark water below. The temperature was barely 1C. Thirty-five seconds l...

TRUMP TOWERS How tall is Barron Trump?

DONALD Trump's youngest son Barron has tested positive for coronavirus, First Lady Melania Trump revealed in a blog post. The 14-year-old, nicknamed "Little Donald", is not often photographed except when boarding the President's jet Air Force One with his parents. So how tall is Barron Trump? Barron Trump towers over mum Melania and dad Donald as they walk off Marine One in August 2020Credit: AP:Associated Press How tall is Barron Trump? Barron Trump's height is not publicly available as his parents try to keep him out of the public eye - and at 14 he could still be growing. Some have speculated that Barron may stand at 6ft 6 inches tall, with many social media users saying that Trump's youngest son would be an ideal basketball...

France warns Turkey against redeploying research ship at heart of row with Greece

Turkey announced plans late Sunday to send the research ship Oruc Reis to the eastern Mediterranean to carry out a seismic survey over the next 10 days, a step likely to revive tensions with NATO ally Greece. The Turkish navy said the Oruc Reis vessel would carry out activities in the region, including the south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, from Monday until October 22 in a message sent to the maritime alert system NAVTEX. France swiftly sought to de-escalate the situation, urging Turkey to act with caution. "We expect Turkey to meet its commitments, abstain from new provocations and show concrete evidence of good faith," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnès Von der Mühll said. Turkey and Greece were locked in a row over ...

Armenian President says he asked NATO to probe Turkey’s role in Karabakh conflict

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said in a Bloomberg TV interview Friday that Turkey was “deeply involved” in the conflict and he’d asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to investigate the actions of its member state. “I hope our colleagues in NATO will make their voice heard and put pressure on Turkey that they should not get involved,” Sarkissian said. While he’s thankful to Putin for organizing the talks, Armenia won’t have “any other choice” but to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence if fighting continues, he said. Question: In Caucasus where more than 300 people have died and thousands have been displaced since a region fighting have broke about two weeks ago in Nagorno Karabakh. Now, the region is officially part of Az...