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NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

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Cape Canaveral, Dec 4 (AP) - After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.
The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body.
It is the first U.S. attempt to gather asteroid samples for return to Earth, something only...
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Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

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Afghanistan, Dec 4 (AP) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered Tuesday an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unac-ceptable.
The development follows a Guardian report last Friday about sexual...
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4 days of events honoring former President George HW Bush

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Houston, Dec 3 (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.
Four days of events for Bush, who died Friday at age 94, include a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral, a...
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Philippine president likely to extend martial law in Mindanao island

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Manila, Dec 3 (Xinhua) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island in the southern Philippines, his chief legal counsel said on Monday.
Philippine Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte...
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Ban Ki-moon urges N Korea to take denuclearization steps

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Tokyo, Dec 3 (AP) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted.
Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said...
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