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BERLIN---A comet-chasing spacecraft
on a mission to land on a fizzing ball of
ice and dust later this year has begun a
crucial slow-down manoeuvre to avoid
flying past its target.
The European Space Agency says the
Rosetta probe is firing its thrusters to
cut by almost two thirds the speed with
which it's hurtling toward comet
The agency says yesterday's burn is
the first of four before Rosetta comes
within 62 miles of the comet in early
August, beyond the orbit of Mars.
The final rendezvous requires two
more precision manoeuvres.
The probe, launched a decade ago,
will spend time observing 67P before
dropping a lander onto its icy surface in
LOS ANGELES---A lawsuit has been
filed over the recent auction of a 1942
Oscar awarded to the art director of the
film My Gal Sal.
The Motion Picture Academy of Arts
& Sciences sued Rhode Island-based
Briarbrook Auction Services on Tuesday
in Los Angeles. Briarbrook sold the
statuette on June 24 for US$79,200.
The lawsuit seeks an order requiring
Briarbrook to sell the Oscar statuette to
the Academy for US$10 in accordance
with the organisation's bylaws.
The disputed statuette was awarded
to Joseph Wright for his art direction of
the musical My Gal Sal, which starred
Rita Hayworth. Briarbrook owner Nanci
Thompon says she has not seen the
lawsuit, but she says the company was
careful before offering it for sale. (AP)
African leaders give themselves
war crimes immunity
Leaders at the new African Court of Justice
and Human Rights voted during a closed
meeting to give themselves and their allies
immunity from prosecution for war crimes,
crimes against humanity and genocide.
Amnesty International, a human rights NGO,
called the vote "a backward step in the fight
against impunity," as two sitting African
presidents and another ousted president are
facing international crime charges, The
Associated Press reported.
"At a time when the African continent is
struggling to ensure that there is
accountability for serious human rights
violations and abuses, it is impossible to justify
this decision, which undermines the integrity of
the African Court of Justice and Human Rights,
even before it becomes operational," Amnesty's
Netsanet Belay told AP.
Reporters were locked out of the African
Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on Friday
where the vote took place, Amnesty said. The
"Protocol on Amendments" agreed upon
included a paragraph that reportedly bars the
court from prosecuting sitting African leaders
and vaguely identified "senior officials."
Obama is the worst
president since WWII---poll
Poll after poll shows President Obama's
approval rating dipping recently, and one new
Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say
Mitt Romney would have been a better choice
With Obama deploying military troops to
Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress
and seeing major
defeats in the Supreme
Court, voters continue
to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45
per cent of voters say
the country would
have been better off if
Romney, the 2012 GOP
nominee, had been
elected, while just 38
per cent say Obama
remains a better
Democrats aren't so
sure---just 74 per cent
of them told the pollsters Obama was clearly
the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president
since World War II, topping even his
predecessor, President George W Bush, who
had left office with terrible ratings.
"Over the span of 69 years of American
history and 12 presidencies, President Barack
Obama finds himself with President George W
Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel,"
said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the
Quinnipiac University Poll.
---The Washington Times
The body of an abducted Palestinian
youth was found in Jerusalem yesterday,
raising suspicions he had been killed by
Israelis avenging the deaths of three
abducted Jewish teens.
News of the discovery of 16-year-old
Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was last
seen being bundled into a van earlier in
the day, triggered clashes between rock-
throwing Palestinians and Israeli police in
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
accused Jewish settlers of killing Abu Khu-
dair and demanded that Israel "mete out
the strongest punishment against the mur-
derers if it truly wants peace."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu urged police "to swiftly inves-
tigate who was behind the loathsome mur-
der and its motive."
He called on all sides "not to take the
law into their own hands."
Police said they had found a body in
the wooded outskirts of Jerusalem.
Abu Khudair s father told Reuters the
force had told him the body was his son.
An Israeli security source said Israel sus-
pected the youth had been kidnapped and
murdered, possibly in retribution for the
killings of the Israeli teens.
Their bodies were discovered on Mon-
day, nearly three weeks after they were
abducted in the occupied West Bank.
Israel says Palestinian Hamas militants
The Islamist group has neither con-
firmed nor denied the allegation.
Netanyahu convened his security cabinet
later yesterday as violence also flared up
across the Israel-Gaza border, with Pales-
tinians firing at least a dozen rockets and
mortars, and Israel s military carrying out
an air strike.
Abu Khudair s cousin said the 16-year-
old was grabbed off the street after leaving
his home in Jerusalem s Arab neighbour-
hood of Shuafat to go to morning prayers
The abduction came a day after the
three Jewish seminary students were buried
in a funeral attended by tens of thousands
While the teenagers were laid to rest in
the city of Modi in, several hundreds Israeli
demonstrators, some chanting "Death to
Arabs," blocked the main entrance to
Cries for revenge have echoed through-
out the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian
killing of Palestinian
A Palestinian holds a
during clashes with
Israeli border police in
Comet-chasing probe closes in on target
Academy sues over auctioned Oscar statuette
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