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Trump signs order to create U.S. Space Command as China, Russia, threats to satellites grows

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

A camera outside the International Space Station captures a view of Hurricane Florence in September. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of

President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could ...

Better than Netflix?: ‘El Chapo’ trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Australian tourists Wayne Burg and his daughter, Lydia, stand in front of Brooklyn's federal courthouse in New York, where they were viewing the trial of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin

There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world.The thrill of being able to ...

NASA’s first flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

This Dec. 24, 1968, photo made available by NASA shows the Earth behind the surface of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission. | WILLIAM ANDERS / NASA / VIA AP

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the ...

Toxic pesticide U.N. had urged banned found in temple food that killed 15 in India

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

In this Dec. 14 photo, an Indian woman is brought for treatment after a case of suspected food poisoning, at a hospital in Mysore Karnataka state, India. Police on Saturday arrested three people after at least 10 died of suspected food poisoning following a ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Hindu temple in southern India. | AP

A toxic pesticide that a U.N. agency wanted India to ban a decade ago contaminated food that killed at least 15 people at a temple ...

Scary statistic: 90.5% of plastic is not recycled

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Sacks of recycled green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes sit at a Junyoung Industrial facility in Gimpo, South Korea, April 19. | BLOOMBERG

The world’s burgeoning plastic waste crisis has won the attention of Britain’s Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste ...

Judge: Trump ex-security chief Michael Flynn sold country out, behaved in ‘traitorous’ manner

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn passes by members of the media as he departs after his sentencing was delayed at the U.S. District Court in Washington Tuesday. | REUTERS

A federal judge accused President Donald Trump’s former national security chief, Michael Flynn, Tuesday of selling out the United States but agreed to delay his ...

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro says he will target Venezuela, Cuba

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro listens to a question during a press interview in Brasilia Dec. 5. A new era begins in Brazil on Jan. 1. Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old ex-captain of the army, is preparing to take the reins of a country undermined by corruption, hit by the worst economic crisis in its history and with a worrying increase in violence. | AP

Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he would take all action “within the rule of law and democracy” to oppose the governments ...

Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, but still noncommittal

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen is seen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2017. | REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that Washington “would take a look at” the possibility of extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim ...

Blasts heard in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeida on first day of truce

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

A picture taken Monday shows street vendors at a market in the Houthi-held Red Sea port city of Hodeida, Yemen. | AFP-JIJI

Four blasts were heard in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeida late on Tuesday on the first day of a cease-fire agreed between the Iran-aligned ...

Yemeni mom wins Trump travel ban waiver to see dying son in U.S.

via The Japan Times    Dec 19, 2018

This recent but undated photo, released Monday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, California, shows Ali Hassan with his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in a Sacramento hospital. The boy's Yemeni mother, blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban, has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her son. | COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS / VIA AP

A Yemeni mother on Tuesday won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration’s travel ban that would allow her to go to California ...

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