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Europe’s Gaia mission ready for galactic survey

The European Space Agency is sending the $1.2 billion Gaia mission to space Thursday to catalog a billion stars, promising to be a prolific discoverer of planets, asteroids and supernovas for generations of astronomers. Artist’s concept of the Gaia spacecraft. Credit: ESA With a billion-pixel camera at the heart of the mission, Gaia is billed as the most sensitive telescope ...

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‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies, aged 84

December 18, 2013 — Updated 1136 GMT (1936 HKT) FILE: Ronnie Biggs holds up a poster of himself during the promotion of his book on January 21, 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. London (CNN) — So-called “Great Train Robber” Ronnie Biggs — one of the most notorious British criminals of the 20th century — has died, his publisher told CNN ...

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Afghanistan: Mission accomplished is a ‘dangerous’ phrase

16 December 2013 Last updated at 18:17 GMT UK troops can come home from Afghanistan knowing it was mission accomplished, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He met forces stationed at Camp Bastion in Helmand, a year before the last British combat forces are due to leave Afghanistan. Mr Cameron, who ate breakfast with troops, said they could “come home ...

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One month on, UN renews pledge to help Philippines recover from deadly typhoon (UN – United Nations)

(Source: UN – United Nations) One month on, UN renews pledge to help Philippines recover from deadly typhoon Residents of Tacloban, Philippines, queue for aid following Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda). Photo: WFP/Saripa Alangadi 16 December 2013 – Just over a month since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners today agreed on the need ...

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UN rolls out aid in Yolanda-hit provinces

MORE than a month after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pummeled the Philippines, the aid coming from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) is finally arriving in Iloilo province. FAO, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Provincial Agriculture’s Office, will be helping the affected farmers in 13 out of 43 local government units in Iloilo –…

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How Bin Laden Escaped in 2001—The lessons of Tora Bora

By Yaniv BarzilaiDecember 15th 20136:45 am More Stories by Yaniv Barzilai In 2001, a small U.S. special operations force had won extraordinary victories in Afghanistan and closed in on Bin Laden before high-level blunders allowed him to escape into Pakistan. This week marks the most important anniversary in the global war against al Qaeda that no one remembers. Exactly twelve ...

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UN peacekeepers find arsenal of weapons left by Congo M23 rebels

UN peacekeepers found an arsenal of weapons, including heavy caliber arms and enough ammunition to last a year, at the site of the last stand by M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Friday. Congolese troops and the UN peacekeeping mission – which includes a unique Intervention Brigade mandated to eliminate armed ...

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‘Yolanda’ victims still need help — UN

HUMANITARIAN and early recovery needs remain great in typhoon-hit Philippines, a senior United Nations official said following a joint international mission to the areas of Guiuan, Ormoc and Tacloban. “We saw the enormity of the destruction that communities in the path of the storm endured. We also saw the great progress that has been made in providing…

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CAR Insecurity Worsens Humanitarian Crisis

Anne Look DAKAR — The communal clashes that broke out in the Central African Republic just over a week ago have killed more than 600 people and displaced approximately 100,000 in a matter of days. Aid agencies say French and African troops there need to do more to protect civilians if there is to be any hope of heading off ...

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National Guard in last major Afghan tour

They’ve taught Afghan troops all they could about policing and fighting insurgents, hooked up Internet at headquarters so they don’t have to hand-carry reports across country anymore, and shipped thousands of containers of military equipment home. Now California National Guard soldiers are leaving Uruzgan province, where the international coalition is withdrawing a year earlier than the country at large after ...

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