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11 dead in Turkish plane crash in Iran

The plane was seen caught fire in the air, and then it crashed into the heights of Helen Mountain near Dorak Anari village.

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Tehran, March 12 : All 11 people on board the Turkish plane crashed in Iran on Sunday are dead, media reports said.

The locals reached the wreckage of crashed plane late evening on Sunday and encountered the corps which are not identifiable and need DNA examination, the spokesman of Iran’s Emergency Organisation announced.

A Turkish jet with 11 on board crashed in the suburban of western Shahr-e-Kord city of Iran’s Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province on Sunday, the Aviation Organization of Iran (OVA) confirmed.

The plane was seen caught fire in the air, and then it crashed into the heights of Helen Mountain near Dorak Anari village.

There were three crew members and eight passengers in the plane, according to Public Relations of the OVA.

The plane was flying from Sharjah of the UAE to Istanbul which disappeared from the radar.

Iranian Red Crescent operators have been dispatched to the area, but due to the rainy air and mountainous geography of the region, the operators should walk four hours to the accident location, according to spokesman of the Emergency Organization of Iran.

Rezaee Far, the chief of Accidents Bureau of the OVA, said that based on the preliminary reports, the crashed plane type was Bombardier CL604.

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Israel Demolishes house of Palestinian charged with Killing Soldier

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Ramallah (West Bank), Dec 15 : Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the house of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and then clashes took place between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in which 10 Palestinians were injured.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded the house that belonged to the family of Islam Abu Hmaid, accused of killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky.

Abu Hmaid threw a marble plate from a rooftop which led to the killing of a Israeli soldier  during an Israeli operation in Al-Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in May.Al-Amari camp is located in the West Bank Area A, in which Israel does not have administrative or security control as per the Oslo II Accord.

Palestinian activists and some international activists tried to prevent the house demolition.

Soldiers forced the activists to vacate the building and then destroyed it using explosives.

Clashes erupted in the process between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, who used teargas and rubber bullets, causing injuries to over 10 Palestinians who were taken to a Ramallah hospital, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said.

 

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Sri Lanka’s disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns amid crisis

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Colombo, Dec 15: Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.

The former strongman signed his resignation letter, surrounded by his party members at his official residence in the capital, television footage showed.

Rajapaksa’s resignation is likely to bring to an end a nearly two-month-long power struggle and will pave way for a new government to be established under President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka plunged into political turmoil when Sirisena abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former President Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe is now expected to return to office on Sunday. “The President has agreed to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am,” his United National Party’s spokesman Harin Fernando told the BBC.

Fernando said this would end the political deadlock, remarking that the the country and its economy had suffered “huge damage” since the crisis began 50 days ago.

Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, said his father had quit to ensure national stability.

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Rocket Lab to launch 10 NASA CubeSats on Sunday

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Washington, Dec 15: In its first mission for NASA, the American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is set to launch 10 small research satellites, or CubeSats, from New Zealand, the US space agency said.

Owing to bad weather, Rocket Lab was forced to postpone the earlier decided launch on December 12.

Rocket Lab is now targeting the ELaNa-19 launch on December 15 with a launch window opening at 11 p.m. EST from the company’s launch complex on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, NASA said in a statement on Friday.

The CubeSats were built by three NASA centres, seven universities, and a middle school under the NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or (ELaNa-19) mission.

ElaNa-19 is NASA’s first to be completely dedicated to launching CubeSats under the agency’s Venture Class Launch Services program for small-satellite launches.

More than 250 students have been involved in the design, development and construction of the CubeSats scheduled to be flown as payloads on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.

“The major difference between today’s launch and previous #ELaNa missions is that for the first time, NASA will have a launch completely dedicated to CubeSats rather than having the small satellites ride along with a much larger spacecraft that is the primary mission,” NASA Launch Services Program officials wrote on Twitter on December 12.

The 10 CubeSats are named as CubeSail, CeREs, NMTSat, CHOMPTT, ALBus, STF-1, ISX, RSat, Shields-1 and DaVinci, NASA said.

These are built to standard dimensions of one unit (1U), and can be 1U, 2U, 3U or 6U in size. They generally weigh less than 1.33 kg per U — 6U may be up to 12 kg.

They will be placed in RailPODs aboard the Electron rocket that will ferry them to space.

After the main payload deploys, the CubeSats will separate from their RailPODs. After 45 minutes in orbit, the CubeSat transmitters will turn on and university ground stations will listen for their beacons, determine their small satellites’ functionality and announce operational status.

CubeSat mission durations and orbital life vary but are anticipated to last at least three years. Upon mission completion, the CubeSats fall to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere, NASA noted.

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