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Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

TOKYO: A space probe of Japan named after a falcon arrived at an asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth on Wednesday after a three-and-a-half year journey on a mission to seek the origins of life. The Hayabusa 2 blasted off in December 2014 for the asteroid Ryugu on a pioneering mission to take samples that scientists hope will help reveal how life began. Its round-trip mission is set to take six years. “Everything has gone as planned,” a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told a news…

Hazara community agrees to call off protest after assurance of Army Chief

QUETTA: Leaders of the Shia Hazara community have agreed to call off their protest over the target killings in Quetta after a meeting with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. Hazara women had been on hunger strike in front of the Quetta Press Club against targeted killings of the members of their community. After Gen Bajwa arrived in the city late Tuesday evening he held a meeting with representatives of the Hazara community who have been affected badly by incidents of targeted killings. According…

Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

AL-AWJAH, IRAQ: In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein has been reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for a quarter of a century was hanged at dawn on December 30, 2006, symbolizing the humiliation of Saddam’s followers. US president George W Bush then personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator’s body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the…

Wana market reopens after three days of closure

WANA: The market in Wana has reopened after three days of closure following it was blown up by the administration in the wake of army officer’s killing. AFP adds: The market housing more than 100 shops was destroyed on Thursday in Wana, the capital of the South Waziristan region, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas where the army has been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants for more than a decade. "The security forces ordered the shopkeepers to leave the market, which had over 100 shops and blew it…