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Paris teacher beheaded in terrorist attack, French officials say

Paris teacher beheaded in terrorist attack, French officials say

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Paris middle school teacher was killed and beheaded in an attack Friday after reportedly showing his classroom cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, said police, who shot and killed the attacker. The attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburban area in northwest Paris, is under investigation by France's anti-terror prosecutor for "murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association," authorities said. Advertisement French President Emmanuel Macron visited the school and spoke with teachers. "One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught ... the freedom to believe or not believe," Macron said. "We must stand all together as citizens." Police said parents had threatened the history teacher after the teacher showed students ca...
Orion spacecraft ready to return humans to deep space, officials say

Orion spacecraft ready to return humans to deep space, officials say

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The anticipated return to deep space in 2024 for the first time in nearly 50 years brings a unique set of challenges that only one spacecraft on the planet currently can meet, officials with Lockheed Martin said at a global space event this week. Life support and radiation shielding systems on NASA's Orion spacecraft, built by Lockheed, make it qualified for deep space missions -- those beyond low-Earth orbit where the International Space Station is situated, said Shelby Hopkins, senior systems engineer for Lockheed's Orion program. Advertisement "Deep Space has really unique environment and is more dangerous than low-Earth orbit, so we have to consider things like increased radiation ... it forces us to come up with innovative solutions," Hopkins said duri...
French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

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Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...
Officials say east Libya government resigns amid protests

Officials say east Libya government resigns amid protests

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Libyan officials say the interim government of eastern Libya has resigned amid street protests that erupted across the divided country over dire living conditionsBy BY SAMY MAGDY Associated PressSeptember 13, 2020, 9:14 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAIRO -- An interim government in eastern Libya resigned on Sunday amid street protests that erupted across the divided country over dire living conditions, officials said.Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani submitted the resignation of his government to Aguila Saleh, speaker of the eastern-based House of Representatives, said the government's spokesman, Ezzel-Deen al-Falih.Abdallah Abaihig, a spokesman for the parliament, confirmed the government's resignation, saying lawmakers would review it in their next meet
At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

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The number of dead in Beirut's huge explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people still missing.The rise was announced by health minister Hamad Hassan as rescuers continued a desperate search for survivors. Up to 300,000 people have been left homeless and families are still counting the casualties and searching for the dead.A two-week state of emergency in Beirut was also announced by Lebanon's cabinet, handing control of security in the capital to the military, as the disaster is investigated.The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding ammonium nitrate since 2014 to be put under house arrest. ...