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  1. Anybody who's taken a train from New Delhi, or any other Indian railway station for that matter, knows the pain of battling it out in the crowd. At any given point in the day, you're sure to find to find a sea of humanity shuffling its way to nowhere. As if the torture of dragging your suitcase across platforms, steering through confused travellers wasn't enough, you find your train is 5 hours late. By now you probably have a phobia of railway stations. You are the anti-thesis of Geet from 'Jab We Met'. © BCCL What if we told you there is a swanky (as compared to the rest of the railway station) waiting lounge at the New Delhi Railway Station and it's been there for the past 6 years! The lounge has it all – deluxe suites for you to take a good nap in case your train is running way behind schedule, reclining chairs, free wi-fi, and a fine dining space. © BCCL The executive lounge is run by IRCTC and you need to pay Rs 165 for using it for 2 hours. Considering the mayhem outside, it's a pretty good deal we think. Of course, the deluxe suites come at an additional cost. Although bookings for the lounge are done online mostly, IRCTC offers a walk-in option too. “Access to these lounges is controlled by a smart card, which can track how many hours you have been inside. People usually use the suites when they have a train to catch the same day,” an IRCTC official said. The lounge is part of a pilot programme to offer lounge facilities on railway stations across the country and, true to the plan, more lounges are expected to open up in the next couple of years. Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are on the list of preferred cities where the railway lounges would be introduced. While we desperately wish more lounges crop up at railway stations, we can't wait to try the one at New Delhi Railway Station! Have you seen it?!
  2. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP PARIS: It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. French railway historian Clive Lamming said its 1939 overhaul was to provide "a place to retreat in case of an air attack" so staff could keep the trains running east towards Germany. Leading this AFP reporter through a concrete airlock and heavy door to the shelter, he said: "The concern was gas." "We remembered World War I -- a perfectly airtight place was needed," he added. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP With its three-metre (10-foot) thick concrete ceiling, it was designed for about 70 people to be able to take refuge in the small rooms of the 120-square-metre (1,300-square-foot) shelter. But, in the end, the bunker never really saw any action -- Paris was largely spared from air attacks during WWII, and there was little danger of poison gas. After France´s defeat in 1940 and Nazi occupation, the bunker was requisitioned by the Germans and traces of their presence remain, including a sign that reads "Notausgang" (emergency exit). "In my opinion, it hasn´t been finished," said Lamming, as a high-speed TGV train loudly rumbled overhead. 'Sleeping Beauty' Today, few of the thousands of travellers passing through the busy central Paris station will likely have any inkling of the time capsule under their feet. Just a discreet trapdoor on the platform opens up to reveal a staircase leading down to the bunker, which is not publicly accessible except on certain occasions. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. Photo: AFP "For 80 years, it has been ´Sleeping Beauty´," Lamming said. "Everything is in mint condition from 1939." Entering the machine room is like stepping back into the 1930s, with the old contraptions, dials, copper piping and Bakelite handles only in need of a good polish. The room also has two bicycles. If the power went out, ventilation would have been provided by batteries -- if they failed, anyone sheltering in the bunker was to hop on the bikes and pedal to circulate fresh air. Other rooms also feel frozen in time, like the telephone exchange with its tangle of wires, but most are more spartan, furnished with a few period tables and chairs where staff could have directed the train traffic above. The shelter was designed to host 72 workstations, and some yellowing documents remain. There is even a bed. Post-war, with its purpose, now passed, it gradually took on an almost mythic status among employees of SNCF, France´s national train operator. "The aim is to preserve it," especially as the shelters built in other stations at the time have all disappeared, said the SNCF branch in charge of stations. Chances to visit are rare as the bunker was not built for large crowds but it does open up for annual Heritage Days events.
  3. Police investigators check the site where a bomb exploded in Barranquilla, Colombia, January 27, 2018. AFP/Jose Torres BOGOTA: At least four police officers were killed and 42 others wounded Saturday when alleged drug traffickers detonated a remote-controlled bomb at a station in the northern city of Barranquilla, officials said. The attack was one of the deadliest on security personnel in recent years in one of Colombia's most important cities. It comes as the government of President Juan Manuel Santos seeks to bring the armed conflict that has wracked Colombia for 50 years to an end. Much of the violence has been financed by drug trafficking. The bombing also casts a pall over preparations for the annual carnival, a major attraction in the Caribbean port city. Mariano Botero, the Barranquilla police commander, said that the bomb detonated as the officers gathered for morning formation. One suspect was captured, he said. A police source told AFP that 49 officers were at the site when the bomb exploded. Of those, four were killed and 42 were wounded. The toll is considerably higher than the initial figure of 17 wounded and three killed given by Botero. Retaliation Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char quickly blamed drug traffickers for the attack. "I do not have the slightest doubt that this is a retaliation" for successful police action against drug traffickers, he told reporters. Botero also suggested that the attack could be in revenge after a police crackdown on local drug traffickers. Colombia is the world's top producer of cocaine, and criminal groups have flooded the country's main cities with drugs in a move known as "microtrafficking." El Heraldo, the main Barranquilla newspaper, said that some believe the attack may have been aimed at distracting police from an armoured car robbery that took place at the same time. General Jorge Nieto ? the head of Colombia's national police ? said he travelled to Barranquilla to offer his support to the blast survivors and their relatives. He also announced a reward of 50 million pesos ($17.8 million) for information about the attack. "We strongly condemn this barbaric act and soon we will find those behind it," he said. President Juan Manuel Santos blasted the "cowardly attack" on Twitter. "We will not rest until we find those responsible, my solidarity with the families of the victims and the wounded," Santos wrote. Joining Santos was the presidential candidate of the FARC, the former guerrilla group which is now a leftist political party. Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono "vehemently" condemned the Barranquilla attack on Twitter. "All our solidarity is for the relatives of the slain police," he wrote. Santos reached a historic peace agreement with the FARC - formerly known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - in November 2016. That led to the rebels' disarmament and transformation into a political party. The president, who is set to step down in August, is hoping to reach a similar agreement with the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas.
  4. Ghent railway station. Image obtained from social media. Geo.tv via Ioannis Sgouromitis?/@Sgouromitis BRUSSELS: Belgian police shot a man armed with a knife at the main railway station in the western city of Ghent on Tuesday and the man was taken to the hospital, state broadcaster VRT said. Belgium reduced its national threat level on Monday, saying a militant attack had become less likely almost two years after bombings killed 32 people in Brussels. The government reduced the threat level to two on a four-tier scale, indicating a medium risk. Authorities had been on alert at level three for the serious chance of an attack since the bombings on March 22, 2016. Local police were not immediately available for comment on the incident in Ghent.
  5. Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music as they visited a pioneering radio station in south London on Tuesday. Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and actress Markle, best known for the TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement in November, with the wedding set for May at Queen Elizabeth?s Windsor Castle home to the west of London. On their second official royal outing together, the couple were greeted by large crowds when they visited the Reprezent radio station in Brixton which was set up in 2008 as part of a response to a rise in knife crime among young people. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills. It offers training in topics ranging from audio and radio production and editing to communication skills and work experience. It also runs programs supporting youngsters with specific issues like mental health challenges, a cause dear to Harry?s heart. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills Presenter Gloria Beyi, 17, said the couple showed a keen interest in the station?s music. ?The main thing I observed is they go quite well together,? she told Reuters. ?This is genuine - this is real stuff. Having both of them in one room trying to talk to you and having interest in the station, how it works, the relationship between everyone, it?s just so amazing.? Asked about possible wedding music recommendations, she said: ?A little bit of house, a little bit of hip-hop, cos Harry did say that he is interested in hip-hop and house. ?So, that mixed together at a wedding? Then you?re pretty good. Those two genres if they?re there, you?re pretty sorted for your wedding.? Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, will marry at Windsor?s St George?s Chapel on May 19.
  6. The Delhi metro train services will run as usual for the rest of the day?from 6.00 am onwards on all lines and from 4:45 am on the Airport Express Line. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: A metro train crashed through the walls of a station during a trial run in New Delhi on Tuesday, just days ahead of its inauguration by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. TV footage showed the front portion of the engine jutting out of the wall at a metro station in the Indian capital. Delhi Metro was investigating the incident which it said appeared to have been caused by human error on the new line which is intended to eventually be driverless. "A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall," it said in a statement. "No person was injured in the incident." A driver was on board but there were no passengers. The statement did not say if Modi´s inauguration of the service would go ahead as scheduled on Christmas day. In the run-up to the launch officials had been touting the train´s "new age" signalling system which they said would allow it to run unmanned. India upholds the Delhi Metro -- which boasts a daily ridership of more than a million people -- as an example of its modern mass transit system on par with world standards. It has had its share of controversies though. A fatal accident happened on one of its construction sites in 2010 and in 2013 closed-circuit television footage of lovers fondling in empty coaches was leaked on the internet. In April this year commuters stopped in their tracks at a busy station when X-rated footage began playing on a large TV screen.
  7. Authorities, with the help of a crane, work on trying to remove the derailed bogies of the freight train from the railway track near Shadra station, Lahore, Pakistan, December 11, 2017. Geo.tv via Geo News LAHORE: Three bogies of a freight train derailed Monday morning at Shadra railway station while being shifted from one track to another, railway sources said. As of reporting time, authorities are engaged in trying to remove the derailed bogies from the track in order to clear the route for other trains. Shalimar Express ? set to depart from Karachi ? has consequently been delayed. The down track, however, has been cleared, railway sources stated.
  8. Emergency services at the scene of the incident. -BBC LONDON: London's Oxford Circus underground station in the heart of the British capital´s main shopping district was being evacuated on Friday evening and armed police were on the scene, a Reuters witness said. Police are responding to the incident as if it is terrorism-related, added the police on Twitter. People have been asked to avoid Regent and Oxford street by the law-enforcers and move inside buildings. British Transport Police said its officers were at the station, responding to an incident. "The station is currently closed, please avoid the area at this time," BTP said on Twitter. The Reuters witness said the area around the station had been cleared of people and traffic. Fire engines were heading towards the scene, the witness added. The capital's transport operator, Transport for London, said trains were not stopping at the station due to the unspecified incident.
  9. There was no immediate indication of casualties or the identity of the attackers-Representational image KABUL: A private television station in the Afghan capital of Kabul was attacked on Tuesday by gunmen who entered the building after an explosion, a staff member who witnessed the attack said. There was no immediate indication of casualties or the identity of the attackers.
  10. Mufti Abdul Qavi, being escorted by police, following his arrest on Wednesday, October 18. MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi, the cleric accused in the murder case of Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch, was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, five days after he complained of chest pain. Mufti Abdul Qavi had complained of chest pain and was admitted to Multan Institute of Cardiology on Thursday. The accused, who has had a medical history and two stent placements, was admitted to the hospital after medics found his blood pressure higher and heartbeat faster than normal. After being discharged from the hospital, the law enforcers escorted the accused to a police station. The accused is on a physical remand until October 27. Mufti Qavi complains of chest pain after being sent on remand The accused has been admitted to Multan Institute of Cardiology He would also be taken to Lahore during this period to undergo a polygraph test, which helps detects if the person is telling the truth by monitoring variations in certain body activities. Mufti Qavi was arrested on October 18, after a sessions court, hearing the murder case, dismissed his bail plea and ordered police to arrest him for failing to cooperate with the prosecution. He was remanded into police custody on October 19, wherein hours later he complained for chest pain. A judicial magistrate on Monday extended the remand of the accused for another four days after he recorded his statement in the case. Qavi was later transferred back to the hospital after his statement was recorded in an ambulance. The murder Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her "bold" selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July 2016 by her brother Muhammad Waseem. In his confession, Waseem claimed she had brought shame on the family and owned up to his crime in a press conference after his arrest. Qandeel murder case: Court extends Mufti Qavi's remand by four days Decision to discharge the cleric from hospital would be taken on Tuesday, says doctor Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf suspended Mufti Abdul Qavi?s membership of Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after Baloch released pictures of herself with the cleric in a hotel room weeks before her murder, wearing his hat and pouting. She had accused him of inappropriate behaviour. "I thought I would expose him as he is in reality," she told AFP at the time, adding: "He is a different person alone and different when he has his followers around him." She had faced frequent abuse and death threats. The so-called 'honour-killing' had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch.
  11. Police forensics work at the scene after a powerful explosion at the main entrance to the police station in Helsingborg, October 18, 2017. Photo: REUTERS STOCKHOLM: A powerful explosion blew out the entrance to a police station in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg early Wednesday, an attack authorities linked to their fight against organised crime. The explosion occurred just after midnight in the city centre, which is home to around 100,000 people. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called it "an attack against our democracy" and urged authorities to "step up the fight against serious crime." The blast, heard from as far away as 20 kilometres (12 miles), caused no injuries but serious material damage. The police station entrance was completely destroyed, with dozens of windows smashed. Police sources quoted by daily Aftonbladet said several kilos (pounds) of explosives were used. The head of the local police, Patric Heimbrand, told reporters that investigators were working on the presumption that "criminal circles" were behind the attack. He said police work against gangs was paying off and likely causing "irritation". Explosives are often used by organised crime rings in Sweden, especially in the south where settling of scores and intimidation are frequent among drug traffickers. Police and judges are also regularly targeted. On November 30, 2014, a blast damaged a building in the southern city of Malmo that housed police, prosecutors, a courthouse and penitentiary administration. Heavily armed police officers were stationed outside those buildings on Wednesday. Although the Nordic nation has a relatively low crime rate compared to the rest of Europe, physical violence against police officers has surged. In 2016, it rose by 65 percent with 86 cases reported, according to government figures.
  12. LONDON: At least three people were stabbed Monday night by an unidentified assailant here at Parsons Green train station, British media outlets said. According to authorities responding to the crime scene, all the victims ? whose condition is yet unclear ? are male. The Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service reached the train station around 7:37 PM local time (12:37 AM PST, Tuesday) "to reports of a stabbing outside Parsons Green Tube Station", a police spokesperson said. "Three males, no further details, have suffered stab injuries. They are currently being treated by London Ambulance Service. "We await further updates on their conditions," he added. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available
  13. Two US astronauts installed a high-definition video camera at the International Space Station Tuesday and made more progress on repairs to the lab's robotic arm, NASA said. NASA spokesman Rob Navias described the camera equipment as offering "new eyes" to the orbiting outpost, as live video showed astronaut Randy Bresnik in sharp detail, floating in his white spacesuit. The previous camera had aged, and was tinting images pink. Another camera outside the ISS, nicknamed "Old Yeller" because of its yellow hues, is set to be replaced on the next spacewalk October 18. The spacewalk was the second in five days for Bresnik and his NASA colleague Mark Vande Hei. The spacewalk formally began when the duo switched their spacesuits to battery power at 1156 GMT, then floated out into the vacuum of space, NASA said. It ended six hours and 26 minutes later. On their spacewalk Thursday, the pair replaced the latching end of the 57-foot-long (17-meter) Canadian-made arm, called Canadarm2. On Tuesday, they lubricated its latching end effector. The robotic arm was installed at the orbiting outpost 16 years ago, and recently stopped gripping effectively. Astronauts need it in working order so it can capture incoming cargo ships that ferry supplies to the crew living in orbit. The next US shipment arrives in November.
  14. Police have cordoned off roads around the station in Islington. Image via: Tara Mikhael's Twitter account (@Taramikhael) LONDON: British police said they carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect package near London?s Angel underground station on Wednesday before allowing the station to reopen. Earlier, London?s transport authority said the station was closed while authorities responded to a security alert outside. "Got told to run from Angel by police and heard 2 explosions," Twitter user Mason Moore said, advising others to "avoid [the] area". Britain is at its second-highest level of security alert after several attacks in the country in recent months.
  15. BEIRUT: Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in Damascus on Monday, killing a number of civilians and policemen, the interior minister said, in the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July. Four militants carried out the attack, killing more than 10 people, the pro-Damascus TV channel al-Mayadeen said. Russia?s RIA news agency reported that 15 people were killed. Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighbourhood and clashed with police officers there, Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar said in comments broadcast by state television from the police station. One attacker blew himself up at the main entrance and another detonated his explosive device on the first floor, he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Footage broadcast by state TV showed bodies wrapped in shrouds at the scene and fire fighters putting out flames. Previous suicide attacks in Damascus have been claimed by Daesh and the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is led by the group formerly known as the Nusra Front.
  16. source: NASA MOSCOW: Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. The US space agency said earlier this year that it was exploring a programme called the Deep Space Gateway, a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system. The project envisages building a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that would serve as a "gateway to deep space and the lunar surface," NASA has said. And on Wednesday the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that a cooperation agreement had been signed at an astronautical congress in Adelaide. "The partners intend to develop international technical standards which will be used later, in particular to create a space station in lunar orbit," the Russian agency said in a statement. The Russians and Americans would cooperate to build the systems needed to organise scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon, the agency added. "NASA has already agreed on standards for a docking unit of the future station. Taking into account the country's extensive experience in developing docking units, the station's future elements will be created using Russian designs." Igor Komarov, Roscosmos´s general director, said no fewer than five countries were building their own rockets and systems. "To avoid future problems over technical cooperation, part of the standards should be unified - for a possibility for various countries to work on their craft and dock to the international lunar station," Komarov was quoted as saying in the statement. Russia and the United States also discussed using Moscow's Proton-M and Angara rockets to help create the infrastructure of the lunar spaceport, the statement said, adding that the main works were slated to begin in the mid-2020s. Space exploration - including joint work on the International Space Station (ISS) - is one of the few areas where international cooperation between Russia and the US has not been wrecked by tensions over Ukraine and Syria. The $100 billion ISS, which has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) per hour since 1998, is the world´s largest space project.
  17. Photobombing has taken the world by a storm as it has become an important ritual to appear in someone else's picture. Either with an intention to spoil it as a practical joke or mistakenly, which somehow always finds a way to crack people up! Imagine you and your group of friends trying to take a decent picture and it's ruined most adorably by a doggo walking into the frame! That's 'photobombing' for you. But, that wasn't the case with NASA Photographer, Joel Kowsky, who observed the International Space Station to feature it in a range of photos, flying in front of the sun. Yes, the entire situation has crossed boundaries to reach outer space, y'all! While people gathered in various areas in the US to catch a glimpse of the "Total Solar Eclipse" that took place for the first time in 99 years, the International Space Station decided to make a star appearance right when NASA was capturing the epic moment on camera. It's the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/hAVRINz0bv — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 21, 2017 Image of #Eclipse2017, made from 7 frames, shows @Space_Station, as it transits the Sun near Banner, WY. Flickr: https://t.co/PQFAbVSR32 pic.twitter.com/k0Lwc3i1as — NASA (@NASA) August 21, 2017 Meanwhile, a handful of people thought the station as a sunspot, and NASA quickly took to Twitter to clear everyone's doubts by sharing a 7 frame image of the raddest photobomb moment EVER! Folks on Twitter, on the other hand, were swift enough to respond to NASA's tweet, like always. While some were amazed to see the photobomb, others were convinced it was be a tie fighter from Star Wars, adding a humorous stride to the story. Here are a couple of tweets that you'll definitely want to check out after the live solar eclipse coverage. Is it just me or are there lots of #TIEfighters? #starWars. I knew the aliens were going to watch the #solarEclipse with us pic.twitter.com/exiq80NyjJ — Janelle Purple (@janelle_purple) August 22, 2017 Huh. pic.twitter.com/AMdCpNhKMP — Daniel C. Houston (@Daniel_Houston) August 21, 2017 Amazing pic.twitter.com/GqvtzjK0x7 — Collin O'Donnell (@fgdcat17) August 21, 2017 pic.twitter.com/PWlyMmeDNW — MIXTER (@mixta110) August 21, 2017 Don't lie NASA, those are clearly TIE Bombers docking with the Death Star pic.twitter.com/VgPcmrhjxJ — Jason Rainville (@rhineville) August 21, 2017 What really happens during a solar eclipse.. #photobomb ðð pic.twitter.com/Y5LN7k4nlY — Christie Nicholls (@followchristie) August 21, 2017 NASA Moon (the Twitter handle) wasn't far behind when it came to trolling the entire world, by taking the ‘moon covering the sun' quite literally. Tthe team humorously blocked the NASA Sun's handle, which took everyone by surprise. Obviously, the moment the eclipse came to an end; the team didn't take much time to unblock the page as well. Well played, NASA, well played! HA HA HA I've blocked the Sun! Make way for the Moon. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/nZCoqBlSTe — NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) August 21, 2017
  18. Update [01:55 AM PST]: Local police took one person into custody late Saturday night in Nîmes, France; the person is reported to have been in possession of a non-lethal, alarm gun in his backpack. Update [01:46 AM PST]: Police confirmed no shots have been fired at the Nimes train station following a response to reports of armed men storming the area, sources said. While law enforcement agencies at present say the reports were unfounded, one person has been detained for "other reasons" following "suspicious activity". It is to be noted that there are no reports of any casualties at present. Initial reporting [01:20 AM PST]: Three armed men stormed a train at the Nîmes station in France, sources revealed. Reports indicated that people in the area heard shots being fired at the station and that three men allegedly exited the train afterwards. Local police have advised people to steer clear of the area surrounding the train station where gunshots were reportedly heard and which has been evacuated. However, law enforcement agencies ? which were called to the scene after an emergency call ? declined such reports.
  19. Dragon cargo ship blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. -AFP MIAMI: SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. "Three, two, one, and liftoff," a SpaceX commentator said as the white Falcon 9 rocket climbed into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1631 GMT. Three minutes after launch, the rocket separated as planned, with the long, tall portion - known as the first stage - arcing back toward Earth and the second stage continuing to propel the cargo ship to space. The first stage of the rocket then powered its thrusters and operated its grid fins to set itself down on solid ground at Cape Canaveral for a controlled, upright landing at Landing Zone 1. Clouds of brown dust encircled the rocket as it touched down. "X marks the spot for yet another picture perfect landing," a SpaceX commentator said. The California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has successfully landed multiple rockets on land and on ocean platforms, as part of its ongoing effort to re-use costly rocket components instead of jettisoning them into the ocean. Moments later, SpaceX confirmed that the Dragon had safely arrived in the correct orbit around the Earth. It will arrive at the ISS on Wednesday. The mission is the 12th of 20 supply trips under a $1.6 billion SpaceX contract with NASA to send supplies to the astronauts living at the space station. The cargo ship is packed with 2,900 kilograms of supplies, including a sophisticated super-computer made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), called The Spaceborne Computer. The goal is to test the computer for one year to see if it can operate in the harsh conditions of space, about the same amount of time as it would take for astronauts to arrive at Mars. If it survives the intense space radiation, such computers could help crew operate on long-duration missions to deep space. NASA has said it hopes to send the first astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.
  20. A three-man crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday blasted off from Kazakhstan for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. Footage broadcast by Russia's space agency Roscosmos showed the Soyuz craft carrying NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency take off from the Baikonur cosmodrome. "Everything is ok," said Russian mission control. The arrival of the three astronauts will boost the ISS back up to its full capacity of six for the time since April, after Russia decided to cut the number of its cosmonauts to two. NASA has responded to Russia's reduction by boosting the number of astronauts that will operate in its half of the ISS. In total, four astronauts -- Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer, Bresnik and Nespoli -- will now conduct experiments in the NASA-run segment, with Ryazansky joining Fyodor Yurchikhin to man the Russian section. Bresnik said at a pre-launch press conference on Thursday that the extra member would help the crew conduct experiments as well as carry out repairs. "There is a ton of science to do," he enthused ahead of the six-hour flight. Bresnik -- who is on his second flight -- also praised the work of Whitson, Fischer and Yurchikhin, already aboard the orbital lab. "They've really got their groove on. They are working very, very well. They have good technique and tempo," he said. Ryazansky, 42, who is embarking on his third stint aboard the ISS said at the press conference that he would be taking a small gnome into space in tribute to a song beloved by his family. At 60-year-old and with 174 days logged in space, Nespoli is the most experienced of the three fliers, but the Italian made it clear his love for space travel hasn't faded over time with a tweet showing him pulling his space suit on Friday. "Beam me up S?oyuz! Hitching another ride soon to the ," he wrote. The $100-billion ISS space laboratory has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres per hour (17,000 miles per hour) since 1998. Space is one of the few areas of international cooperation between Russia and the US that has not been wrecked by tensions over Ukraine and Syria.
  21. Belgian troops in front of the Central Station in Brussels following the attack. Photo: Reuters Belgian counter-terrorism police are investigating the motives of a suspected suicide bomber shot dead by troops guarding a Brussels railway station after he set off explosives that failed to injure anyone. "We consider this a terrorist attack," prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told reporters, declining to comment on witness accounts that the man had shouted religious slogans before detonating what witnesses said were one or two devices in luggage. Broadcaster VTM quoted Interior Minister Jan Jambon as saying investigators had identified the man but were not releasing his name. A larger bomb failed to go off, VTM said. Public broadcaster VRT said investigators believed the man had a nail bomb that failed to detonate completely. Although no one was hurt, billows of smoke pouring through Central Station and memories of Daesh attacks in the city last year, and more recently in Britain, France and elsewhere, sent evening commuters racing for cover. Police halted rail traffic, evacuated the site and cleared streets crowded with tourists and residents enjoying a hot summer's evening in the historic city centre between the station and nearby Grand Place, Brussels' landmark Renaissance town square. The Belgian capital, home to the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, has been on high alert since a Brussels-based Daesh cell organised an attack that killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015. Associates of those attackers killed 32 people in their home city four months later. Since then, attacks in France, but also in Germany, Sweden and, most recently, in Britain, have been carried out in the name of Daesh by other young men, many of them locals, raising fears of more violence in a city where almost a quarter of the population of 1.2 million are Muslim. Witnesses spoke of a man who shouted Islamic slogans, including "Allahu Akbar" - God is greatest - in Arabic, in an underground area of the station still busy with commuters making their way home and seemed to set off one or two small blasts. 'Isolated acts' Security experts said Tuesday's incident could have been similar to "lone-wolf" assaults carried out by radicalised individuals with limited access to weapons and training. "Such isolated acts will continue in Brussels, in Paris and elsewhere. It's inevitable," Brussels security consultant Claude Moniquet, a former French agent, told broadcaster RTL. With Daesh under pressure in Syria - where Belgium has been the most fertile European recruiting ground for foreign fighters - he said attacks in Europe could increase, although many would be by "amateurs" doing little harm. He compared Tuesday's incident to that on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue a day earlier, when a man was killed when he rammed his car, filled with explosive and weapons, into a French police convoy. No one else was injured. Rail worker Nicolas Van Herrewegen told Reuters that he was heading downstairs toward the underground platforms that serve long-distance and suburban lines running under the city center. "There was a man shouting, and shouting and shouting," he said. "He was talking about the jihadists and all that and then at some point he shouted: 'Allahu Akbar' and blew up the little suitcase he had next to him. People just took off." He described the man as quite dark and with short hair and said he was wearing a white shirt and black jeans. Remy Bonnaffe, a 23-year-old lawyer who was waiting on the concourse for a train home to Ghent, said he was startled by an explosion as he listened to music on his headphones. He took a photograph, which he later posted on Twitter, of flames shooting up from what he thought was a briefcase. There was a second blast farther away, which he could not see, followed by what sounded like gunfire, prompting him to run. "I think we had some luck tonight," he told Reuters. "I'm happy that no one was injured and that this was basically a failed attempt." People just feet from the explosion appeared unhurt and he said he saw no obvious damage to nearby walls. As Prime Minister Charles Michel consulted his security advisers, the national alert was maintained at its second highest level. Michel, who convened a National Security Council meeting for 9am (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, tweeted his thanks to the security forces and railway staff for their professionalism and courage. Mainline trains were running through the station by the morning rush hour, but not stopping. The adjacent metro station was open as normal, the transport authorities said.
  22. BRUSSELS: Belgian troops patrolling Brussels Central Station "neutralised" a person after a small explosion on Tuesday, a police spokesman said, adding that there were no other casualties and the situation was under control. He could not confirm media reports that the person had been wearing an explosive vest and it was not clear whether the person shot was still alive. The station and the adjacent historic downtown area, packed with tourists and locals on a hot summer evening, was partly evacuated as police set up a security cordon, witnesses told Belgian media. The city has been on high alert for more than 18 months since Brussels-based militants carried out attacks in Paris that killed 130 people there in November 2015 and later bombed Brussels airport and the city's metro in March last year. The police spokesman said: "There was an accident at Central Station. There was an explosion around a person. That person was neutralised by the soldiers that were on the scene. "At the moment, the police are in numbers at the station and everything is under control."
  23. Police said they arrested a man outside London's Paddington Station on Monday but added that the incident was not terrorism-related, a few hours after a van ploughed into worshippers near a mosque in the British capital. "Officers have arrested a man outside Paddington for public disorder and possessing an offensive weapon. The incident is not terror related," British Transport Police said in a statement. Video footage posted on Twitter showed officers restraining a shirtless man outside the station before taking him away. Police have said the earlier attack at the mosque, which injured 10 people, appeared to be a terrorism-incident which would make it the fourth such attack in three months in Britain.
  24. Image: Twitter (@jwbergiii) THE HAGUE: A car driver hit eight people outside Amsterdam Central Station on Saturday, injuring two seriously, after being warned about parking illegally, but police said there was no indication that the driver was carrying out an attack of any kind. "The suspect has been interviewed, and it appears not to have been intentional. But we are investigating further," Amsterdam police said on their Twitter account. The Amsterdam incident happened when police approached a black Peugeot which was badly parked, and the driver tried to speed away, according to Dutch media. Two people were admitted to hospital with serious injuries, and others were treated at the scene after the car hit the crowd and then crashed into a wall. Several ambulances and police were swiftly on the scene on the busy streets outside the station in the heart of the canal-lined Dutch capital. The driver was arrested and taken for questioning. The news came a week after three attackers in a van mowed down pedestrians in London before going on a stabbing spree, killing eight people and injuring 48. The Netherlands has been on high alert following a slew of attacks around Europe in recent months, including last month´s Manchester suicide bombing and two recent attacks in London.
  25. PESHAWAR: As part of their assault on grid stations run by the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ransacked the Sakhi Chasma grid station Saturday night. Protesting ?unfair? load shedding in their areas, PTI workers reportedly damaged the windows, guard room and boundary wall of the grid station. The protesters also forcefully restarted the supply of electricity to their areas. After negotiations between the protesters and officials from the police and PESCO, the demonstrators pulled out of the grid station and went home. Earlier on Saturday, for the second day in running, PTI workers led by the party?s MPA from Peshawar, Fazal Elahi, surrounded several grid stations in Peshawar and demanded the resumption of electricity to their areas. Also on Saturay, PTI workers led by several elected representatives ransacked the WAPDA office in Batkhela, Malakand and damaged furniture and other equipment. They were dispersed after the intervention of law enforcement officials. In a statement, Water and Power Minister Khwaja Asif condemned the PTI workers? assault. He claimed the grid stations being attacked are the same areas from where over 70% of electricity is stolen through the use of kundas. He added that residents of these areas also do not pay their bills.