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Inspectors’ visit to suspected Syria gas attack site delayed

DAMASCUS: A visit by chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria was delayed on Monday, British and Russian officials said, as Western powers and Russia traded accusations in the aftermath of retaliatory US-led missile strikes. Moscow, the main ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on Sunday condemned the United States, Britain and France for refusing to wait for the findings of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection team on the alleged attack on Douma…

NASA delays deep-space Orion test to 2019 due to costs

MIAMI: The first test flight of NASA's Orion capsule, designed to one day carry people to Mars, has been delayed until 2019 at the earliest due to high costs, the US space agency said Friday. The unmanned test flight had been scheduled for November 2018 but was pushed back after the White House asked for a feasibility study of the cost, safety and technical constraints. NASA also decided against a proposal to add astronauts to the first mission, known as EM-1. Instead, the space agency will stick to its original…

World’s tallest building delayed to 2019: Saudi prince

JEDDAH: The completion date for the world's tallest tower has been pushed back to 2019, a Saudi Arabian billionaire said on Thursday, almost six years after launching the record-breaking project. Jeddah Tower is to rise more than a kilometre (almost 3,300 feet), placing it above Dubai's Burj Khalifa. "The project was delayed... but it'll open (in) 2019," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told AFP during a visit to the site beside the Red Sea. Alwaleed chairs Kingdom Holding Co whose affiliated Jeddah Economic Company is…

South Korea president’s impeachment vote delayed

SEOUL: An impeachment vote against South Korea's scandal-hit president will be postponed by at least a week, lawmakers said Wednesday, after Park Geun-Hye announced she was willing to stand down early. Lawmakers from Park's own party had backed moves to impeach her this Friday, but now want the issue discussed in parliament before holding a vote, likely to be scheduled a week later. The presidential Blue House also said Park would cooperate with a new round of investigations into the scandal, submitting herself to…

Russia says resumption of Syria peace talks delayed indefinitely

MOSCOW: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday a Western failure to rein in violent Islamists in Syria had indefinitely delayed the resumption of peace talks. Shoigu said that rebels backed by Western governments had been attacking civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, despite a pause in Russian and Syrian air attacks. "As a result, the prospects for the start of a negotiation process and the return to peaceful life in Syria are postponed for an indefinite period," Shoigu said. Separately, a…