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First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

Technology
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts bound for the International Space Station has taken off for the first time since a Soyuz rocket failed midair in October. American astronaut Anne McClain joined Canada’s David Saint-Jacques and Russia’s Oleg Kononenko aboard the rocket that launched from the Baikonur spaceport in the desert in central Kazakhstan on Monday. The launch had unusually high stakes following the accident in October, when a Soyuz suffered a malfunction around 2 minutes after take-off, forcing an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject about 30 miles above the earth’s surface. Following that accident, Russia’s space agency Roscomos suspended all manned Soyuz flights, cutting off the only way to get astronauts to the ISS. More tha...
Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Excess winter deaths highest since 1970s, says ONS

Health
There were around 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017-18 - the highest since the winter of 1975-76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.The increase is thought to be down to the flu, the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine in older people and spells of very cold weather last winter.Most excess deaths occurred in women and the over-85s.Similar peaks in excess deaths have been seen in previous years.Before the 2017-18 peak in excess winter deaths, there were peaks in 2014-15 and 1999-2000.An extra 6,000 deaths are estimated to have occurred during last winter compared with three years ago.The figures for last winter, counted as December to March, are still provisional while figures for all other previous winters have bee...
8 dead in worst escalation in Gaza since 2014

8 dead in worst escalation in Gaza since 2014

World
Eight people have been killed in the worst escalation of violence Gaza has seen since the 2014 war. A fresh wave of fighting erupted in the Gaza Strip, leaving an Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians dead after two days of unrest.An Israeli aircraft fired towards a militant who was part of a group launching rockets at its territory, the Israeli military said.The Israeli military said an Israeli soldier was also killed and another wounded after a firefight erupted.It came as a man in southern Israel was killed after Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at a residential building early on Tuesday.Hamas and other militant groups have since said they had accepted an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to end two days of fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies to the b...
Venice experiencing its worst flooding since 2012

Venice experiencing its worst flooding since 2012

World
Tourists and residents in Venice's famous St. Mark's Square could be seen wading in nearly waist deep water as the city experienced its worst flooding since 2012. Bad weather and high winds were pushing more water in from the lagoon and city officials fear the water could reach the historic level of the 1966 flood, when the water was more than six feet above sea level. Sirens had sounded across the city early in the day when the water surpassed 43 inches. By late afternoon more than 70 percent of the city was flooded. The elevated levels shut down the city's water bus service known as vaporetti except to the outer island. Nearly all of Italy has been struck by bad weather in the past week. High winds have brought down dozens of trees across Rome, blocking roads. Schools were closed...
Nasdaq enters correction territory in worst day since 2011

Nasdaq enters correction territory in worst day since 2011

Science
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Nasdaq composite entered correction territory in another down day for the stock market Wednesday, which also left the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 in the red. The Nasdaq experienced its worst day since Aug. 18, 2011, falling 329 points, or 4.4 percent to 7,108, 10 percent from its Aug. 29 all-time high. The Dow Jones fell 606 points or 2.4 percent to 24,583, while the S&P 500 had its sixth consecutive losing session, dropping 84.59 points or 3.1 percent to 2,656. So far the S&P has fallen 8.9 percent, the Dow has dropped 7.1 percent and the Nasdaq is down 11.7 for the month of October. Wednesday's decline left the S&P and the Dow Jones down 0.7 percent and 0.6 percent for the year respectively. Common trends throughout the year such as regulatory conc...