One dies as spacecraft explodes in US

San Francisco: One person was killed and another badly injured when Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded over southern California's Mojave Desert after takeoff on a test flight, the California Highway Patrol said.

The spacecraft normally flies with two pilots.

"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin Galactic said on Twitter Friday.

The company said it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the accident.


Indian appointed to UN peacekeeping panel

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Abhijit Guha, a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General, to a high-level panel to assess UN peace operations.

Three Iraqis arrested on terror charges in Switzerland

Geneva: Swiss authorities Friday said they arrested three Iraqi nationals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe.

The office of the attorney general of Switzerland said in a statement that the suspects were arrested and held in pre-trial detention at the end of March, Xinhua reported. The office has been conducting criminal investigations ever since.

It added the arrests were confirmed only now to prevent jeopardising the outcome of ongoing probes which "aim to identify possible accomplices and to uncover networks in Switzerland and abroad".

Virgin Galactic's spaceship crashes during test flight

Los Angeles: A passenger rocket plane developed by Virgin Galactic's crashed Friday after suffering an "in-flight anomaly" during a powered test flight over the US state of California, the company said.

"SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming," Xinhua quoted Virgin as saying on Twitter, giving no further details.


Palestinians protest against Israeli measures in Jerusalem

Ramallah: Clashes broke out Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in several West Bank towns when hundreds rallied in Gaza against the recent Israeli measures in Jerusalem.

Medics said that at least eight Palestinians were shot and injured Friday evening during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian stone throwers at an Israeli checkpoint in northern Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.

10,000 agents searching for missing Mexican students

Mexico City : The search for the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, continued Friday with participation of 10,000 agents, including federal forces, investigators, experts and agents of the Attorney General's Office.

The Attorney General's Office (PGR) clarified Thursday that this investigation was accepted Oct 5 and since then, different lines of action have been followed.


Myanmar roundtable summit discusses political issues

Nay Pyi Taw : Myanmar's first five-party roundtable summit held in the Presidential Palace here Friday discussed some key political issues in the country, presidential spokesman U Ye Htut said at a press conference after the two-hour talks.

Attending the talks were 14 representatives of the government, parliament, political parties, the military and the Union Election Commission, Xinhua reported.


Death sentences upheld in China terrorist attack case

Beijing : A Chinese court Friday upheld the death sentences of three men implicated in a terrorist attack that killed 31 people at a railway station in Kunming, the capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province, earlier this year.

Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad were sentenced to death Sep 12 for leading a terrorist organisation and for intentional homicide, Xinhua reported.

Investigators found that the three men had been training recruits for terrorist activities, including the attack at Kunming railway station, since December 2013.

Gadkari to attend Nepal Infrastructure Summit

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Jairam Gadkari will deliver the inaugural speech in the first ever Nepal Infrastructure Summit-2014 in Kathmandu Nov 11.

The summit, organised by the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), will be held here Nov 11-12 with more than 400 investors, policy makers, government officials, architects and engineers participating.

Bhopal fugitive Warren Anderson is dead

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Warren Anderson, the former CEO of Union Carbide Corp, has died at 92 after living for 30 years under the shadow of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy that killed thousands.

The death of the man under whose watch the tragedy that still haunts India took place was reported by the New York Times Friday, more than a month after he died Sep 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida.