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Everyone with clear skies across the
Americas will have a front-row seat
tonight to a rare total eclipse of the
super-harvest moon. This evening, three
separate lunar events converge. The total
eclipse coincides with the full moon
nearest the fall equinox, known as the
harvest moon. What's more, the moon is
at its closest approach to Earth for the
year, making it also a supermoon or
perigee moon. That's why it's being
coined by some as a Super Harvest Blood
Moon. This confluence has happened only
five times since 1900. According to Nasa,
the last time we saw this celestial triple
combination was in 1982, and it won't
repeat until 2033. The most spectacular
part of the eclipse will be the totality
phase, when Earth's shadow completely
covers the moon and turns it an eerie red.
Total lunar eclipses, known popularly
these days as blood moons, are even
more rare. They happen only during a full
moon, and only when the sun, Earth, and
moon are precisely aligned so that our
planet's shadow completely blankets the
moon's disk. This usually happens only
twice a year, and can be seen from only
one hemisphere of the Earth.
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar ones are
safe to watch with the naked eye.
Rare supermoon eclipse today
MEXICO CITY---Thousands of
people marked the first
anniversary of the disappear-
ance of 43 students that drew
international attention by
marching through Mexico
City yesterday in an atmos-
phere of defiant hope.
Activists said yesterday
afternoon that the movement
might bring justice for Mex-
ico s disappeared, though only
two of the students remains
have been identified.
While the march was small-
er than past demonstrations,
the case has helped publicise
the thousands who have gone
missing since Mexico s drug
war started in 2006.
Peace and anti-crime
activist Maria Guadalupe
Vicencio, 45, wore a skirt
made of a Mexican flag splat-
tered with fake blood. The
names of three disappeared
activists from her violence- plagued home state of Tamaulipas were written
across her shirt. Vicencio said
the students movement "sets
an example for all Mexicans
to wake up, and not be silent."
The 43 students disap-
peared on September 26, 2014,
in Iguala, during a clash in the
southern state of Guerrero.
Another six people were killed
at the hands of the police dur-
ing the attack.
According to Mexico s for-
mer attorney general, local
police illegally detained the
students and then turned
them over to the local drug
gang Guerreros Unidos, which
then allegedly killed them and
incinerated their remains.
Iguala is known as a transit
hub for heroin going to the
More than 25,000 people
have disappeared in Mexico
between 2007 and July 31,
2015, according to the gov-
ernment. The mass disappear-
ance of the students a year
ago brought the issue back
into the spotlight. (AP)
Mexico's missing 43
...one year since students disappeared
Thousands gather to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students with a march in Mexico City, yesterday.
Men raise their machetes as they prepare to mark the one-year
anniversary of the disappearance of 43 college students. The
poster at right shows images of the missing students and reads in
Spanish: "Alive they were taken, alive we want them back. We're
Russia steps up
Syria support 'to
stop fall of Assad'
Russia intends to step up its military involve-
ment in Syria to prevent the "imminent" collapse
of the Syrian government, the EU s foreign policy
chief has said.
Federica Mogherini s comments yesterday follow
reports that 500 Russian troops have been deployed
to a forward operating base in the Syrian port city
The EU s high representative for foreign affairs
and security policy said Russia s Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov told her his country wanted to prevent
the collapse of the Syrian state.
"His fear is of a compete collapse of the state
structure s in Syria, this could be one of the reasons
Russia is talking in this way but it could also be
willingness to show that Russia is an important,
substantial player," Mogherini said.
Bays said EU and US leaders meeting at the UN
headquarters in New York were divided on what
role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close ally
of Russia s Vladimir Putin, would play after any
"There are different views among European lead-
ers and some including the UK have floated the
idea that perhaps Assad could stay on for a tran-
Russian military shipments to Syria have alarmed
the US and its allies in recent weeks, and Putin is
expected to defend them in a UN speech tomorrow.
US President Barack Obama and Putin are set
to meet at the sidelines of tomorrow s UN meeting
to discuss the situations in Syria and Ukraine.
$2 billion to help poor
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged that
his country will contribute $2 billion to a global
assistance fund to help poor countries develop-
In his address yesterday to the Sustainable Devel-
opment Summit at the United Nations, Xi said
China hopes the global assistance fund can grow
to $12 billion over the next 15 years.
The Chinese president promised to continue
investments in the world s least-developed countries,
and pledged his government would write off inter-
est-free loans payable to Beijing this year by gov-
ernments of the least-developed countries and
small island nations.
Xi announced China s pledges in his first address
to the United Nations. China has been criticised
in the past by the United States and other developed
countries for failing to live up to international
responsibilities and actions that are equal to its
aspirations for a more influential global role.
(Voice of America)
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