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Australian-Lebanese ordered released in Sydney bomb plot

World
The lawyer of an Australian-Lebanese dual citizen on trial for an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane says her client has been ordered released on bail by a Lebanese military court. Joceline Adib al-Rai, lawyer of Amer Khayyat, said Saturday the court's decision was delivered a day earlier. Prosecutors can appeal. Khayyat has rejected the charges. Lebanese authorities have held Khayyat in detention since 2017. They have accused him of planning to blow up an Emirati airline flight that was supposed to travel from Sydney to the United Arab Emirates. Two of Khayyat's brothers are on trial in Australia for plotting to blow up the plane with bombs hidden inside a Barbie doll and meat grinder. Australian authorities say Amer Khayyat had no knowledge of his brothers' plot.Let's block ad...
Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

World
More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks. The explosions — most of them in or around Colombo, the capital — collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Victims wer
Hayabusa-2: Japanese probe set to ‘bomb’ an asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japanese probe set to ‘bomb’ an asteroid

Science
The Japanese Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is about to detonate an explosive charge on the asteroid it is exploring.The operation is designed to generate an artificial crater in the asteroid Ryugu, which the probe has been studying since June 2018.Hayabusa-2 will later descend into the crater to collect pristine samples of the asteroid that have not been exposed to the harsh environment of space.The charge is carried on the Small Carry-On Impactor (SCI) device.This is a 14kg conical container attached to Hayabusa-2 and packed with plastic explosive.The SCI is due to separate from Hayabusa-2 at 01:56 GMT on Friday at an altitude of 500m above the surface of Ryugu. That will kick off a 40-minute countdown to detonation. When the device exp...
Air Force approves production of B-61-12 nuclear bomb tail-fin kits

Air Force approves production of B-61-12 nuclear bomb tail-fin kits

Business
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center received approval to enter the production phase for the B61-12 nuclear bomb's upgraded tail-fin assembly. The new phase, approved in late October, will involve testing that will more closely match operational conditions, the Air Force said in a news release this week. It follows nearly a year of testing with a perfect record on 31 dummy drops, according to the Air Force. "The flight tests demonstrated the system works very well in its intended environment," AFNWC material leader said Col. Paul Rounsavall said in a statement. "This development effort brought the first-ever digital interface to the B61 family of weapons and demonstrated the B61-12 TKA's compatibility with the Air Force's B-2 and F-15 aircraft." The program falls under the...
550-pound World War II bomb defused, removed in Potsdam, Germany

550-pound World War II bomb defused, removed in Potsdam, Germany

World
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A 550-pound unexploded World War II-era bomb was successfully defused on Wednesday in Potsdam, Germany, after over 3,000 residents were evacuated. Nearby residences and nursing homes were emptied shortly before noon on Wednesday, and government offices were closed. Roads leading to the bomb site were closed on Wednesday morning, and railroad schedules were disrupted. The restricted area included the State Chancellery of Brandenburg, several ministries, a federal police office, the printing building of a local newspaper and two day care facilities. The city's fire department announced that the bomb's detonator, manufactured in the United States, would be detonated before the bomb could be moved. It was, with a loud bang, to defuse the bomb. After about 70 minutes of work b...