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Nasa SpaceX crew mission cleared to launch

Nasa SpaceX crew mission cleared to launch

Science
Key officials at the American space agency (Nasa) and private launch firm SpaceX have signed off next week's historic mission to the space station.Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will ride to orbit from Florida - the first time in nine years that humans have left Earth from US territory.A review panel has found no technical reason to delay the mission.SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket with its Dragon capsule is set to lift off at 16:33 EDT (21:33 BST) on Wednesday.The decision of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) panel opens the way for final launch preparations to proceed."We did a thorough review of all the systems and all the risks, and it was unanimous on the board that we are 'go for launch',...
‘Trump4Eva’: President celebrates being cleared in historic impeachment trial

‘Trump4Eva’: President celebrates being cleared in historic impeachment trial

World
By Sharon Marris and Sunita Patel-Carstairs, news reporters Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate of obstructing Congress and abusing the power of his office as president.The vote brings to an end the third presidential impeachment trial in US history that bitterly divided the country, and comes as the president is in the early days of his re-election campaign. The Senate, run by the president's fellow Republicans, voted 52-48 to acquit Mr Trump of abusing his powers and 53-47 of obstructing Congress, meaning the 73-year-old remains in office. Image: Donald Trump tweeted this when he was acquitted at his impeachment trial Image: ...
HS2: Cabinet minister has ‘gut feeling’ rail project will be cleared

HS2: Cabinet minister has ‘gut feeling’ rail project will be cleared

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device A cabinet minister has told the BBC it is his gut feeling that the HS2 high-speed rail line will get the go-ahead.Stephen Barclay told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the project was vital for "levelling up" the UK's transport network and improving capacity.The Brexit secretary's comments come amid a row over the rising cost of the project, which could reach £106bn.The first phase of the project is due link London and Birmingham, followed by extensions to Leeds and Manchester.Mr Barclay was asked by Andrew Marr for his "gut feeling" about whether the HS2 would be approved. "Yes", he replied firmly.He said the government had given a "clear commitment to level up all parts of the United Kingdom... HS2
Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-cellmate cleared after probe into earlier possible suicide attempt, lawyer says

Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-cellmate cleared after probe into earlier possible suicide attempt, lawyer says

Finance
U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services | Handout | ReutersAn investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's possible suicide attempt last month — which happened less than three weeks before his death in a Manhattan jail cell — cleared the financier's former cellmate of wrongdoing, a lawyer told NBC News.Nicholas Tartaglione, a former New York police officer who was arrested in December 2016 on charges of killing four men in a drug distribution conspiracy, was sharing a cell with Epstein in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center at the time Epstein was found semiconscious in the fetal p
Ex-Barclays boss Varley cleared over 2008 fundraising

Ex-Barclays boss Varley cleared over 2008 fundraising

Business
The former chief executive of Barclays, John Varley, has been acquitted of fraud charges linked to the bank's 2008 fundraising.He had denied two charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation at a trial, also involving other former Barclays executives. The case ended in April when a jury was discharged on the grounds of insufficient evidence.The Court of Appeal dismissed a Serious Fraud Office challenge to the decision of the trial judge in relation to Mr Varley.Judges agreed three other men could face a retrial at a date to be fixed. Advertisement Roger Jenkins, then chairman of investment management in the Middle East, ex-wealth management head Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath, who headed the ...