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Moscow bemused at US space ‘hysteria’ as Musk taunts Russia

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by “hysteria” around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and US President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars. On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world’s first commercial company to send …

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For Russia, SpaceX success is ‘wakeup call

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russia has lost its long-held monopoly as the only country able to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station following the flawless manned launch by US company SpaceX. The Russian space agency congratulated the United States and Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the first crewed flight ever …

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Russian small businesses reopen to uncertain future

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  When Moscow authorities closed non-essential businesses to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Boris Kupriyanov began to personally deliver books to his customers. This, he said, has helped him and his indie bookstore survive over the past two months. “In many ways this has become our …

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Latin America’s stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

Mexico City, Mexico | AFP |  Latin America’s beleaguered airlines will take up to three years to recover losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in the meantime desperately need government help, according to experts surveying the damage to the industry. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates it will take …

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US workers face an unequal future when virus recedes

Washington, United States | AFP |  As the coronavirus worked its way across the United States, it cleaved the country’s workforce in two: those who have the ability to work from home, and those who do not. From baristas to hotel workers to tourism operators, people whose job requires them to …

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Spectre of oil giant Rosneft looms over Russian independent media

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russian oil giant Rosneft, run by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is wielding growing influence over Russia’s remaining independent media outlets, already squeezed by tightening press freedoms and pressure from the Kremlin. Now, reporters at the country’s top liberal business daily Vedomosti — shaken …

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Trump’s incongruous day of astronauts and race riots

United States | AFP |  Donald Trump came to Florida on Saturday to witness the dawn of a new space age. But not everyone in America had their eyes to the sky. As Trump witnessed the successful launch of American astronauts into space from US soil for the first time in …

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NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

United States | AFP |  Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert …

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