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‘Preliminary analysis’ of Ukraine jetliner’s black boxes complete

Montreal (AFP) – An international investigation team has completed a preliminary analysis of data from the black boxes of a Ukrainian passenger plane mistakenly shot down by Iran in January, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Thursday.”The download and preliminary data analysis was an important milestone in what must be a thorough and transparent…

Disney pushes back ‘Mulan,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar’ due to pandemic

New York (AFP) – Disney announced on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic had forced it to indefinitely postpone the release of big-budget film “Mulan,” while pushing back upcoming installments of “Star Wars” and “Avatar” by a year.The live-action “Mulan” had already been postponed twice, with its release most recently delayed to August 21.Following the postponement…

As Trump falters, Democrats aim to flip Texas in November

Plano (United States) (AFP) – Texas attorney Monica Haft voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and regretted it almost immediately. Now barely 100 days before a critical US presidential election, the lifelong Republican insists she won’t repeat her mistake.She expects other disillusioned conservatives to join her in helping Democrat Joe Biden flip Texas — for…

Five questions about Ethiopia’s controversial Nile dam

Addis Ababa (AFP) – Ethiopia said this week it had hit its first-year target for filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a concrete colossus 145 metres (475 feet) high that has fuelled tensions with downstream nations for nearly a decade.Here is a Q&A about the dispute:Why is the dam so controversial?The more than $4-billion (3.4-million-euro) project…

Israeli firm developing 30-second coronavirus breath test

Misgav (Israel) (AFP) – An Israeli company is developing a coronavirus breathalyser test that gives results in 30 seconds, billing it as a “front line” tool that can help restore a sense of normality during the pandemic.NanoScent, the firm making the test kits, said an extensive trial in Israel for the presence of live virus…

‘He’s a Rooster’ – Sonny Bill Williams set for Sydney return

Sydney (AFP) – New Zealand rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams is on the verge of a shock return to the Sydney Roosters, the club’s coach Trent Robinson revealed Friday.The 34-year-old, who won two rugby union World Cups with the All Blacks, switched codes to sign a lucrative two-year deal with Toronto Wolfpack late last year.But…

All WTA, ATP tennis in China cancelled over coronavirus

Shanghai (AFP) – All international tennis tournaments in China including the Shanghai Masters and WTA Finals were cancelled Friday because of the coronavirus, the ATP and WTA said.The major blow to attempts to restart tennis comes after China said it would not stage most international sports events for the rest of 2020 to keep the…

US Senate passes $740.5 bn defense bill that would rename bases

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate on Thursday passed a $740.5 billion bill setting Pentagon priorities, but which President Trump has threatened to veto over a provision that removes Confederate names from military bases.The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for critical defense spending passed by a vote of 86 to 14, a…

Erdogan to pray in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part Friday in the first prayers at Hagia Sophia since the Istanbul landmark was reconverted to a mosque despite international condemnation.A top Turkish court revoked the sixth-century monument’s status as a museum on July 10 and Erdogan then ordered the building to reopen for Muslim…