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Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

Russia 'launches criminal investigation' into rocket failure

World
Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station, according to reports. A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz rocket having suffered significant engine failures.It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and the AFP news agency claims a criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction. Image: Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin following emergency landing Image: NASA astronaut Nick Hague following emergency landing Despite the issue af...
Qatar, Russia defend OPEC, deny manipulation of oil prices

Qatar, Russia defend OPEC, deny manipulation of oil prices

Business
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Qatar's energy minister defended the oil market strategy of his country and other OPEC nations Tuesday. "OPEC is not trying to manipulate the price. It's trying to bring the market to balance," said Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry. He added that low oil prices -- like the world had through much of 2015 and 2016 -- don't equal prosperity for the world's economy. "That depression of the oil price led to what? (Did it) lead to a better world economy?" he asked a panel moderated by CNBC's Geoff Cutmore at Russian Energy Week in Moscow. "In fact, there was the worst record for the global economy during that downturn in the oil price. Now, during the journey of the recovery in the oil price look what happened -- balance between supply and dema...
Russia doping ban being lifted 'undermines faith in Wada' – Paula Radcliffe

Russia doping ban being lifted 'undermines faith in Wada' – Paula Radcliffe

Sports
The reinstatement of Russia's anti-doping agency undermines the faith clean athletes have in the World Anti-Doping Agency, says marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.Wada has ended a three-year suspension which followed a major scandal over alleged state-sponsored doping.Briton Radcliffe is one of several leading current and former athletes to criticise Thursday's decision. "This goes against everything Wada is supposed to stand for," she said."It undermines their credibility and the faith clean athletes have in them."What now for sport after ban is lifted?'To bank on the Russians is naive'The Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada) had been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed d...
Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

World
Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...
U.S. official: Increase LNG exports to Europe to counter Russia

U.S. official: Increase LNG exports to Europe to counter Russia

Business
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The United States needs to increase its natural gas exports to Europe to counter Russia's increasing energy dominance in the region, a top Trump administration official warned. Europe is shifting away from coal and new pipelines from Russia to Europe could put the countries at the mercy of Gazprom, Russia's largest gas producer. "Due to a lack of supply routes and insufficient pipeline buildout, Europe is also becoming more, not less, dependent on Russian natural gas," Steven Winberg, assistant secretary of fossil energy, said during a Senate hearing Thursday. "That does not have to be the case. Our nation is endowed with vast supplies of natural gas and production is growing rapidly." But some argue that allowing a mass exodus of natural gas out of the United States wou...