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SpaceX Falcon makes clean getaway (video)
SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission from Cape Canaveral. After some frustrating postponements over the past week and a half - including a last-second abort on Sunday - the company's Falcon rocket left its Florida pad right on cue on Friday. The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES. This platform will relay video and other services across the Asia-Pacific region. As has become customary on recent SpaceX missions, an attempt was ma...
Zaman newspaper: Turkey police raid press offices in Istanbul (video)
Turkish police have raided the offices of Zaman, the country's biggest newspaper, hours after a court ruling placed it under state control. Police entered the building in Istanbul late on Friday, firing tear gas at protesters who had gathered outside. Zaman is closely linked to the Hizmet movement of influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey says Hizmet is a "terrorist" group aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Mr Gulen was once an ally of Mr Erdogan bu...
Kendrick Lamar surprises fans with new album, Untitled Unmastered
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has released a surprise eight-track album, Untitled Unmastered, comprising outtakes from the Grammy-winning To Pimp A Butterfly. Filled with jazz solos and politically-charged lyrics, it appers to be a companion piece to Butterfly, rather than a standalone record. All of the tracks are untitled, save for the date they were recorded. Strangely, its appearance seems to have been prompted by basketball star LeBron James. The sportsman tweeted Lamar's record label boss Anth...
Phyllida Barlow to represent Britain at Venice Biennale
Sculptor Phyllida Barlow has been selected to represent Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale. The Newcastle-born sculptor, known for her large installations, was recently made a CBE for services to art. She will present a major solo show in the British Pavilion at what is seen as the most important contemporary art festival in the world from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Barlow said it was "an extraordinary privilege and honour". "I am astonished, thrilled and of course hugely...
Migrant crisis: EU's Tusk in Turkey for key talks
European Council President Donald Tusk is due to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to try to strengthen their joint approach to Europe's migration crisis. Mr Tusk has raised the idea of "shipping back" migrants who arrive in the Greek islands from Turkey. He said on Thursday that it could break the business model of people smugglers. Mr Tusk has been engaged in intense diplomatic activity ahead of an EU-Turkey summit to be held on Monday. French President Francois Hollan...
Ankara blast: At least 28 dead in Turkish capital explosion
A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured, Turkish officials have said. A vehicle full of explosives was detonated as military buses were passing by, according to the Ankara governor's office. The blast happened in an area close to parliament and Turkey's military headquarters. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called it an "act of terrorism". Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area and witnesses said the blast was heard a...
Paris attacks: Bataclan and other assaults leave many dead(Video)
France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris. Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage. The siege ended when security forces stormed the building. People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers were later reported killed. Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it w...
Ground swallows dozen cars in Mississippi(Video)
Tests are to take place to determine why the ground opened up in a Mississippi city, swallowing 12 cars in a restaurant car park. The large gash, some 400ft (120m) long and 35ft (11m) wide, opened up late on Saturday in Meridian, near the Alabama state line. The area had suffered heavy rains over the past two weeks, the Meridian Star newspaper reported. No-one was injured, and engineers will assess the ground on Monday. Buck Roberts, the director of public safety in Meridian, told the newspa...
BlackBerry launches Priv smartphone running Android
BlackBerry has launched its first smartphone running the Android operating system. It is a new approach for the company which has struggled to attract customers to its own operating system, BB10. BlackBerry said its new device, Priv, was designed to offer customers improved security over rival Android handsets. "Coming with a device that tries to address security on Android is a good idea, but may have been better three years ago," said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for industry ana...
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