In a throwback to the days of the Cold War, Russia says it has caught an American red-handed trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer as a spy. Next, the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay enters its 100th day. Finally, a Canadian astronaut records his own version of the David Bowie hit "Space Oddity"... in the stars.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tues. 14/05/13: Actress Angelina Jolie pens a piece in the New York Times explaining why she decided to have a preventive double mastectomy. Also, garment workers in Bangladesh are to get a pay rise and a safer work environment, the US Justice Department secretly obtained phone records from AP journalists, and a Canadian superstar astronaut returns to Earth.
In a rare emergency procedure, two members of the International Space Station’s crew made a spacewalk Saturday to fix a serious ammonia leak. The operation appears to have been a success, a NASA official said.
Buzz Aldrin, the American astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon, said at a conference in Washington DC on Wednesday that the US and NASA should focus on establishing a permanent colony on Mars by 2040.
The extraordinary of three women being found alive and well in Cleveland, Ohio after being kidnapped a decade ago, has gripped America. But how will they deal with their new lives as free individuals?
Next, the first gun to be made from 3D printer technology fires its first bullet, while coming also under fire from the anti-gun lobby. Finally, with more and more American schools dispensing with cursive writing, we look at the disappearing art of penmanship.
A Mars rock sample brought back by the Curiosity rover contained the minerals hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, NASA said on Tuesday, proof that the planet once supported a habitable environment supportive of life.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Weds. 27/02/13: The international papers largely focus on the aftermath of the Italian election and the fatal balloon accident in Egypt. Also, the International Herald Tribune explores an unfolding scandal of sexual assault at a US air base. And the Independent outlines American multi-millionaire Dennis Tito’s plan to send to astronauts to Mars in 2018.
An asteroid hurtled past Earth on Friday, coming within an incredible 27,000 kilometres and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a disturbing coincidence, a meteor crashed into Russia’s Ural Mountains just hours before.
In just 24 hours, two incidents involving space debris caused a stir across the planet. In a near-miss, an asteroid the size of a football pitch passed within 30,000 km of the earth. Hours earlier, a meteor exploded over central Russia, smashing windows, setting off car alarms, and injuring 1,200 people. How can scientists predict and prevent worse incidents in years to come?
Russia has one of the highest car accident rates in the world which has lead many car owners to install so-called "dash-cams" to record possible incidents. This partly explains why this Friday's meteor shower in Russia has been astonishingly well-documented online. Also, The Sun is slammed for a sexy front page photo of the deceased girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius.