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Unmanned Russian spacecraft crashes to Earth in Siberia

Unmanned Russian spacecraft crashes to earthAn unmanned Russian cargo spaceship has broken up in the atmosphere and crashed over Siberia en route to the International Space Station, according to Russia’s space agency.

Roscosmos said on Thursday that the Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an altitude of 118 miles (190km) above the remote Russian Tuva region in Siberia, which borders Mongolia. Most of the debris burned up as it entered the atmosphere before crashing over what the space agency said was an uninhabited area.


Israeli media: Police question Netanyahu's wife on spending

Netanyahu wife accused of misusing fundsThe wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday underwent hours of police questioning over suspicions that she improperly spent public funds for personal use, Israeli media reported.

According to multiple reports, police are looking into claims that Sara Netanyahu used state funds to care for her late father and to pay for chefs and food at private and family events.

The reports said Netanyahu's former chief of staff and another senior official in his office have also faced recent questioning regarding the affair.



Victim advocates: pope told of priest arrested in Argentina

Pope knew of abusive priest in ArgentinaAdvocates for clerical sex abuse victims on Thursday expressed outrage that a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn't sanctioned by the Vatican, and allegedly went onto abuse children in Pope Francis' native Argentina.

Argentine police arrested 82-year old Nicola Corradi this week. Corradi, priest Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men are accused of abusing at least eight children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in northwestern Mendoza province.


Survey: 27% of Europeans say rape sometimes acceptable

27% of Eutopeans OK rape under some ciircumstancesMore than a quarter of EU residents have said that sex without consent may be justified under certain circumstances, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Commission.

Overall, 27 percent of 27,818 EU citizens who participated in the survey thought forced sexual intercourse was acceptable in at least one set of circumstances.

Some 12 percent of respondents, who were selected from different social and demographic backgrounds, said forced sexual intercourse was acceptable if the victim was "drunk or on drugs".


Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo

Aleppo up to 20,000 flee AleppoUp to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross.

Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into remaining rebel-held territory, or crossed into government-controlled western Aleppo or Kurdish-held districts.

The 20,000 figure is an estimate and could increase as "people are fleeing in different directions", International Committee of the Red Cross spokesperson Krista Armstrong told the AFP news agency.


West Bank residents reject plan to demolish illegal settlement

Amona residence reject ruling to abolish settlementResidents of Amona, West Bank, rejected a plan Tuesday to demolish their settlement after a compromise offer from Israel's attorney general.

The settlement is one of many in the West Bank built for Israeli citizens with Israeli government funding, but unique in that it was illegally built in 1995, without permits, on land later identified as private property owned by Palestinians. After nearly two years of delays, Israel's High Court of Justice ordered the Dec. 25 demolition of the community and the relocation of residents.


Doomed flight was taking Brazilian team to game of their lives

Braxilian soccer team members lost in crashThese were going to be the games of their lives for players on the humble Brazilian club Chapecoense.

They'd reached the two-game final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's No. 2 club tournament; as near the top the world's soccer pyramid as most of the itinerate players — and its coach — were likely to reach.

The dream ended late Monday night when a charter flight carrying the club sliced into a Colombian hillside, killing 75 and scattering six survivors among the snarled remains of wings and fuselage.


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