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Middle East food demand to soar 50pc

Demand for food in the Middle East is expected to rocket by 50 per cent in the next two decades as a result of booming populations, according to an expert. Global Crop Diversity Trust co-founder and senior adviser Dr Geoffrey Hawt

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Nasa rocket for space station explodes on liftoff

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since Nasa turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

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Russia to launch new heavy-lift space rocket

Russia plans to test launch its new heavy-lift Angara space rocket on December 25, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the space industry as saying on Friday. The Angara is the first new family of space rockets developed by Ru

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Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire

Israel said it launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets fired after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in the month-long war. As rocket-warning sirens sounded in

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Virgin plans commercial spaceship service in 2014

A six-passenger spaceship owned by an offshoot of Virgin Group fired its rocket engine in flight for the first time on Monday, a key step toward the start of commercial service in about a year, Virgin owner Richard Branson said. T

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Chemical arms used in Syria allege govt, rebels

  Syria's government and rebels accused each other of firing a rocket loaded with chemical agents outside the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, an attack which a cabinet minister said killed 16 people and wounded 86.

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US ambassador to Libya, 3 staff killed in attack

  The US ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official said.   It was not clear if the ambassador was

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US, French journalists killed in Syria

American correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

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Rocket attack as Karzai launches peace bid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai launched a peace plan on Wednesday that he hopes will persuade Taliban fighters to lay down their arms, but the insurgents demonstrated their disdain by firing a rocket as he addressed a traditional gathering in the c

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Afghan police unearth rocket cache near Kabul

Afghan police unearthed a cache of hundreds of rockets on the outskirts of the capital, officials said on Saturday, weapons they believed were earmarked for use against a traditional peace meeting, or jirga, next week. The discovery comes

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