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Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

World
Instead, some 20 acts, including headliner Lana Del Rey, withdrew at the last minute amid apparent pressure from a Palestinian-led international boycott campaign. The cancellations turned the weekend festival, held in the bucolic setting of an Israeli kibbutz, into the latest battleground between Israel and the boycott movement that says it seeks to end Israeli rule over Palestinians. Campaign organizers claimed success, saying it reflects growing opposition to Israeli government policies among international millennials. "The fact that these artists are canceling is showing just how different the younger generation is viewing Israel," said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian analyst who supports the movement known as BDS. The campaign, founded in 2005, calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions...
Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Science
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are having to deal with an air leak from a possible collision. It has been traced to a small hole in a capsule that was used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June.It is thought the damage was caused by the impact of a high-speed rocky fragment flying through space. Mission controllers in Houston, Texas, and Russia's capital, Moscow, say the six-strong crew are in no danger.Impacts from tiny meteoroids are a permanent threat to the orbiting platform and it was built to withstand the constant bombardment from the dusty fragments that whizz about above the Earth. Media playback is unsupported on your device ...
Astronauts repairing air leak on International Space Station

Astronauts repairing air leak on International Space Station

Science
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Astronauts are working to repair an air leak discovered on the International Space Station. The leak -- which NASA characterized as "tiny" in a mission update -- was discovered Wednesday night inside the Russian module. Sensors alerted flight controllers to a small loss of cabin pressure overnight, as the Expedition 56 crew slept. Because the crew nor space station were in immediate danger, flight controllers decided not to wake the six space station crew members. "Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation -- a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the station," Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Sky News. In the morning, the crew was told of the leak and instructed on how to fix it. "A micro fracture was found, most likely it is damage from the outside. T...
Zimbabwe election: International calls for restraint

Zimbabwe election: International calls for restraint

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device A government crackdown in Zimbabwe after Monday's elections has prompted international calls for restraint.The UN and former colonial power the UK both expressed concern about the violence, in which three people were killed after troops opened fire.Parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party in the first vote since the removal in November of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.But the opposition says Zanu-PF has rigged the election.The result of the presidential vote is not yet known.The opposition MDC Alliance insists its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, beat the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa.Zanu-PF, which has been in power for 38 years since the country gained its independence, d...
Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

Sports
last hurrah The 32-year-old is desperate to play in the third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday Gary Cahill will hold talks with England manager Gareth Southgate over whether he should end his international career. The Chelsea defender is desperate to face Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday because it could be his last game for the Three Lions. Cahill could play his last England match on Saturday Cahill, 32, has lost his place to Harry Maguire and featured just once in Russia. He said: “It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so. “Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possib...