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Two men charged with murder in Kansas City Super Bowl parade shooting

Around The Globe - 20 min 7 sec ago
Dominic Miller and Lyndell Mays face charges of second-degree murder in the shooting that left one person dead.

World condemns US’s latest UN Security Council veto on Gaza ceasefire

Around The Globe - 32 min 38 sec ago
Russia pledges not to give up as China says US veto gives a green light for Israel's continued slaughter in Gaza.

Commercial Spaceship Set for Lunar Touchdown, in Test for US Industry

Technology - 1 hour 43 min ago
WASHINGTON — A company from Texas is poised to attempt a feat that until now has only been accomplished by a handful of national space agencies but could soon become commonplace for the private sector: landing on the moon. If all goes to plan, Houston-based Intuitive Machines will guide its spaceship named Odysseus to a gentle touchdown near the lunar south pole on Thursday at 2249 GMT, then run experiments for NASA that will help pave the way for the return of astronauts later this decade. A previous effort by another U.S. company last month ended in failure, raising the stakes to demonstrate private industry has what it takes to put an American lander on Earth's cosmic companion for the first time since the Apollo era. "Accepting risk was a challenge posed by the United States to the commercial business sector," Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus said ahead of launch. "Our collective aim is to return to the moon for the first time in 52 years." The company plans to run a live stream on its website, with flight controllers expected to confirm landing around 15 seconds after the milestone is achieved, because of the time it takes for radio signals to return. As it approaches the surface, Odysseus will shoot out an external "EagleCam" that captures images of the lander in the final seconds of its descent. About the size of a big golf cart, Odysseus is hexagon-shaped and stands on six legs. It launched on Feb. 15 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and boasts a new type of supercooled liquid oxygen, liquid methane propulsion system that allowed it to race through space in quick time, snapping pictures of our planet along the way. Its destination, Malapert A, is an impact crater 300 kilometers (180 miles) from the lunar south pole. NASA hopes to eventually build a long-term presence and harvest ice there for both drinking water and rocket fuel under Artemis, its flagship Moon-to-Mars program. The U.S. space agency paid Intuitive Machines $118 million to ship science hardware to better understand and mitigate environmental risks for astronauts, the first of whom are scheduled to land no sooner than 2026. Instruments include cameras to investigate how the lunar surface changes as a result of the engine plume from a spaceship, and a device to analyze clouds of charged dust particles that hang over the surface at twilight as a result of solar radiation. The rest of the cargo was paid for by Intuitive Machines' private clients and includes 125 stainless steel mini moons by the artist Jeff Koons. After touchdown, the experiments are expected to run for roughly seven days before lunar night sets in on the south pole, with the lack of solar power rendering Odysseus inoperable. Dubbed IM-1, the mission is the second under a NASA initiative called Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), which it created to delegate cargo services to the private sector to achieve savings and stimulate a wider lunar economy. Four more CLPS launches are expected this year, which would make 2024 among the busiest ever for moon landings. The first, by Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic, launched in January, but its Peregrine spacecraft sprung a fuel leak and it was eventually brought back to burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Spaceships landing on the moon have to navigate treacherous boulders and craters and, absent an atmosphere to support parachutes, must rely on thrusters to control their descent. Roughly half of the more than 50 attempts have failed. The Soviet Union was the first country to achieve a survivable landing on a celestial body when its Luna 9 spaceship touched down and transmitted pictures back from the moon in February 1966. Next came the United States, which is still the only country to also put people on the surface. In America's long absence, China has landed three times since 2013. India reached the moon in 2023, and Japan was the latest, last month.

WFP halts food deliveries to north Gaza amid ‘complete chaos, violence’

Around The Globe - 2 hours 46 min ago
World Food Programme pauses deliveries amid Israeli gunfire and a 'collapse of civil order' in northern Gaza.

Artificial Intelligence Is Being Used to Help Save Lives

Technology - 3 hours 4 min ago
Health care professionals are increasingly using artificial intelligence to better diagnose and treat serious medical conditions. However, with the use of artificial intelligence in medicine growing, there are concerns among medical ethicists about how emerging technologies should be deployed

Who is Julian Assange and why does the United States want him so badly?

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 22:04
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been fighting for years against being sent to the United States

Pakistan government deal agreed despite opposition from Imran Khan’s PTI

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 22:02
Pakistan People's Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to form a coalition with Shehbaz Sharif selected as PM candidate.

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 21:42
Last week, the White House claimed that Moscow had obtained 'troubling' anti-satellite weapon capability.

Yemen’s Houthis claim attacks on Israeli, US ships

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 21:06
Houthi rebels say ships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea are their latest maritime targets.

What will it take to end hunger and malnutrition in South Sudan?

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 21:05
UN warns Africa's youngest nation is facing a food crisis.

South Africa to hold general election on May 29

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 20:13
Ruling ANC faces a tough challenge to retain its majority in seventh election since the end of the apartheid system.

All you need to know about Major League Soccer 2024 and its Messi mania

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 20:09
The Messi effect, biggest players, league breakdown and everything else you need to know about Major League Soccer.

US vetoes UN resolution calling for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 19:57
The United States has vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Polish farmers block Ukraine’s border in protest against grain imports

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 18:31
Farmers are angry at what they say is unfair competition from cheaper imports from Poland's war-torn neighbour and ally.

Kenyan Companies Embrace AI for Marketing Efficiency, Cost Savings

Technology - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 18:11
Kenyan companies, facing economic challenges, are turning to artificial intelligence to reduce production and advertising expenses. That’s causing anxiety among artists and ad agencies, who fear reduced income and job losses if AI can replace the work they’ve always done. Mohammed Yusuf reports from Nairobi.

‘Israel’s apartheid must end,’ South Africa says at ICJ hearing

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 17:44
International Court of Justice to hear from 52 countries on legality of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.

US vetoes another UN Security Council resolution urging Gaza war ceasefire

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 17:37
Majority of members voted to call for an immediate ceasefire in Israel's war on Gaza that has killed more than 29,000.

Why does an archipelago off the coast of Argentina belong to the UK?

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 17:27
David Cameron is first British foreign secretary to visit the Falkland Islands in 30 years.

South Africa urges court to find Israeli occupation illegal

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 16:48
South Africa urged the ICJ to find that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal.

Photos: Long winter for Morocco quake survivors

Around The Globe - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 15:37
Authorities say 3,000 people died during the September 8 earthquake, which damaged more than 60,000 dwellings.