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Parachuting probe crashed due to poorly understood Mars landing conditions: report

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

In this Oct. 19 file photo, a model of Schiaparelli Mars landing device is on display at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany. An independent report on Wednesday concludes Europe's Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn't cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent. | UWE ANSPACH / DPA / VIA AP,FILE

Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe’s parachute descent ...

34 migrants found drowned off Libya, 1,800 rescued

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Migrants wearing life vests are seen floating in the water before being rescued at sea Wednesday. At least 34 bodies of migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into rough waters when their overcrowded smugglers' boat capsized Wednesday, the Italian coast guard said. | MOAS / VIA AP

The bodies of at least 34 migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into ...

Trump vows to champion peace after ‘fantastic’ talk with pope

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania meet Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania meet Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool | EVAN VUCCI / POOL / VIA REUTERS

Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to use his U.S. presidency to promote global peace after meeting Pope Francis, before heading into a high-stakes summit of the ...

London irked after U.S. leaks details in Manchester attack before U.K. release

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd arrives at Downing Street in central London Wednesday ahead of a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee in response to the Monday terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. The attack on a Manchester pop concert that killed 22 people was 'likely' the work of more than one person, Rudd said Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

Britain’s home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a ...

Trump may find rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings amid defense, trade, climate concerns

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Meeting Wednesday (from left) Queen Mathilde of Belgium, U.S. President Donald Trump, King Philippe — Filip of Belgium and first lady Melania Trump pose prior to a reception at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Trump is on a two day visit to Belgium, to attend a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit on Thursday. | BENOIT DOPPAGNE / BELGA / VIA AFP-JIJI

After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a “fantastic” visit with the pope, U.S. President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday ...

U.S. tests screening larger electronic devices separately at airports

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Travelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined ...

Raids, arrests as on-edge U.K. seeks ‘network’ of attackers

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, who was later arrested, speaks during an interview in Tripoli on Wednesday. | REUTERS

Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an ...

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, board a plane bound for Italy at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Thursday. | KYODO

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with ...

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Epidiolex is made from marijuana but does not contain mind-altering TCH. | AP

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study ...

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Chi Chia-wei, 59, one of the petitioners who brought the gay marriage case to the constitutional court in Taiwan, poses after an interview in Taipei on May 16. | REUTERS

Taiwan’s giant step toward allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn’t over in a region where gay ...

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