Monthly Archives: December, 2021

THREE MORE MISSIONS TO THE MOON ARE APPROVED BY CHINA OVER THE NEXT DECADE Over the next decade, China has approved three more missions to the Moon, including rovers, a flying craft, and the establishment of a permanent base. This will be the fourth phase of China’s lunar plan, which has already seen the country photograph the moon’s dark side and return lunar rock samples to Earth. Future missions, which are set to launch in 2024, will become more complex, yielding a basic model of a lunar research station built on the Moon. This station is a collaboration between NASA…

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On Christmas Day, another 67 migrants, including young children and a baby girl, arrive in the United Kingdom. Hundreds of migrants have arrived in the United Kingdom after attempting the perilous crossing of the English Channel early on Christmas Day. Following an incident with two small boats at sea, UK authorities took in a total of 67 people, including women and children, shortly before 1.30 a.m. in Dover, Kent. A third boat was also intercepted by French authorities, though the number of people on board is unknown. Tom Pursglove, the Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration, said that instead…

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PRETORIA, Dec 29 (Reuters) – India batting coach Vikram Rathour has backed out-of-form captain Virat Kohli after another failure in the first test against South Africa at Centurion Park, but says he needs to be more cautious with his shot selection.Kohli, one of the finest batsmen to play the game, completed a miserable 24 months on Wednesday that has brought him only 652 runs in 14 tests at an average of 26.08, almost half his career average before this test of 50.65.He chased a wide delivery from South African seamer Marco Jansen in the second innings and was caught by…

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Dec 29 (Reuters) – The average number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States hit a record high of 258,312 over the past seven days, a Reuters tally showed on Wednesday, as U.S. officials weigh the impact of the more transmissible Omicron variant.The previous peak for the seven-day moving average was 250,141 confirmed cases recorded on Jan. 8 of this year. Daily records were broken this week in at least seven European nations.The surge comes as Americans travel over the holidays. Hundreds of flights have been canceled across the country each day since Christmas as airline staff test…

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a bill to establish a commission for national dialogue, amid international pressure for negotiations to end the 13-month conflict in the Tigray region.The Federal Parliamentary Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor on Wednesday with 287 votes for, 13 votes against and one abstention.”The commission´s establishment will pave the way for national consensus and keep the integrity of the country,” the bill states.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has promised to create such a commission to establish a common ground on contentious issues.The commission, however, will not at this stage engage with the Tigray Peoples’…

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Clifton Collins Jr. has made a career out of being a supporting player. Even if the average moviegoer might not know his name, you know his face and his work. Collins always manages to stand out, whether in a pivotal role like Perry Ellis in “Capote” or a glorified cameo in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He´s got acting in his blood: His grandfather was character actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez who appeared in a number of John Wayne films, including “Rio Bravo,” and his great uncle was a Hollywood player too.It was probably inevitable that Collins would eventually find…

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Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:Dec. 27The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on remembering Desmond Tutu, a moral giant:With the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the world celebrates a moral giant who helped lead South Africa toward freedom and battled injustice everywhere he found it. Archbishop Tutu died Sunday in Cape Town. He was 90.His disarming laugh belied his steely, unflagging commitment to freedom for all South Africans. Archbishop Tutu helped lead his nation out of apartheid, the evil of state-mandated racial subordination that enforced white minority rule in South Africa for most of the 20th century.In 1975, he…

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) – President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will speak Thursday as the Russian leader has stepped up his demands for security guarantees in Eastern Europe.The two leaders will discuss “a range of topics, including upcoming diplomatic engagements,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement announcing the call.The talks come as the U.S. and Western allies have watched the buildup of Russian troops near the border of Ukraine, growing to an estimated 100,000 and fueling fears that Moscow is preparing to invade Ukraine.Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Wednesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr…

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MILAN, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Italy reported another fresh record daily tally of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with new cases hitting 98,030 against 78,313 a day earlier, the health ministry said.The number of coronavirus-related deaths fell to 148 from 202 on Tuesday.Italy has registered 137,091 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth highest in the world. The country has reported 5,85 million cases to date.Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 10,578 on Wednesday, up from 10,089…

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By Trevor Hunnicutt and Andrea ShalalWASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, the White House said, as Washington continues to work with allies on a common response to Russia’s military build-up on the Ukraine border.Biden and Putin will discuss a range of topics, including upcoming diplomatic engagements with Russia, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.She said Biden had spoken with leaders across Europe about the situation on the Ukraine border, while Biden administration officials were in touch with NATO, the European Union and the Organization…

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