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Russia ready to help U.S. if tests of new manned spacecraft delayed: Roscosmos

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MOSCOW: Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos is ready to assist the United States if Washington’s tests of new manned spacecraft are delayed, Roscosmos’s chief said on Tuesday.

“We agree with NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s) proposal to use both U.S. and Russian spacecrafts in the future… to send mixed international crews to the International Space Station (ISS),” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin tweeted.

It was reported that NASA is considering the possibility of signing a contract with Roscosmos so that it can use Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to transport two U.S. astronauts to the ISS between 2019 and 2020.

This option is being considered as a backup plan in case there are any problems with tests of SpaceX’s Dragon 2 and Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

On March 15, Russia’s Soyuz MS-12 manned spacecraft successfully brought Russian astronaut Alexei Ovchinin and U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague to the ISS.

 

 

 

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Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

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No Pak soldier or citizen died in Balakot airstrike: Sushma Swaraj

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AHMADABAD: Indian External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force across the border in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February.

“When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only.

“We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she said.

“The Army was told to target only the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

“And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” said Ms Swaraj.

 

 

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N.Korea’s Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April: Kremlin

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MOSCOW: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said Thursday.

“Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin… Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in the second half of April,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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