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Nasa’s New Horizons: ‘Space snowman’ appears squashed

Image copyright NASA/JHU-APL/SWRI/NOAO Image caption Images taken of Ultima Thule as New Horizons passed behind the object It seems the “space snowman” is more like a “gingerbread man”. Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth. The pictures, taken by the New Horizons probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat. This interpretation is evident from data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft as it looked back at icy Ultima Thule…

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Giant ice disk appears in Presumpscot River, Westbrook

A rare giant ice disk, which is approximately 91m (298ft) wide, has appeared in a river in the US state of Maine. It formed naturally and has been slowly spinning, drawing comparisons to the Moon and even an alien spaceship. Ice disks occur at bends in rivers, where faster water creates a force that chips away edges as the ice spins. Source link

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Kevin Spacey appears in court on groping charge

Actor Kevin Spacey remained silent as he appeared in court to face a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from an allegation of groping in 2016. He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 2016. A not guilty plea was entered on the two-time Oscar winner’s behalf by his lawyers. Read more: Kevin Spacey in court to face charges of groping teenager Source link

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Surrey train stabbing: Murder accused appears in court

Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Lee Pomeroy was on a train with his 14-year-old son when he was stabbed A man charged with the murder of a train passenger in front of the victim’s teenage son has appeared in court. Darren Pencille, 35, of no fixed abode, appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court accused of stabbing Lee Pomeroy, 51, on a train near Guildford on Friday. He is charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon. Addressing the court, Mr Pencille said “innocent until proven guilty”, adding: “I’m paranoid. I’m…

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Morocco tourist murders: Video appears genuine – Norway police

Image copyright AFP / Facebook Image caption Maren Ueland, left, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen were found dead in a popular tourist area A video appearing to show the murder of one of two tourists killed in Morocco is almost certainly real, Norwegian police have concluded. The bodies of university students Maren Ueland and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen were found on Monday near a popular tourist spot in the Atlas mountains. The men in the video claim the murders were in revenge for events in Syria. Police say four men arrested this…

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Steve Smith: Ex-Australia captain appears in TV advert about mental health

Steve Smith Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal Ex-Australia captain Steve Smith has appeared in a Vodafone Australia advert in a bid to “spread awareness about mental health for young Australians”. Smith is serving a 12-month ban from playing state or international cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March. He is also banned from the Big Bash, sponsored by Vodafone Australia. “Everything I dreamed of, everything I was a part of was just falling…

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Seven things to watch as Google’s CEO appears before Congress hearing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google’s Sundar Pichai failed to show up at a Senate hearing earlier this year and was represented by an empty chair Google’s chief Sundar Pichai will be quizzed by US lawmakers later. He previously failed to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing for top tech executives in September. An empty chair marked his absence. That hearing was attended by Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who made their own mea culpas. Now it’s Mr Pichai’s turn, and…

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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker’s murder

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old arrived in New Zealand in mid-November for the second part of her round-the-world trip A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December – police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at…

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Saddam Hussein memorial plaque appears on London bench

Image copyright Victoria Richards Image caption The plaque has been removed but Wanstead locals wonder who put it up in the first place A Saddam Hussein memorial plaque that appeared on an east London bench has been removed. It read: “In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein” and it is not clear who left it there or what their intention was. Wanstead resident Victoria Richards told the BBC it appeared on the bench on Sunday. Local residents saw it and “expressed their outrage” on a community Facebook page, she said. Former…

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Student Matthew Hedges appears in UAE court on spying charge

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Daniela Tejada has repeatedly rejected suggestions her husband, Matthew Hedges, is a spy A British academic accused of spying by the United Arab Emirates has appeared in court. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student at Durham University, was arrested on 5 May in Dubai and has reportedly been held in solitary confinement for five months. In a short hearing in the UAE, Mr Hedges’ lawyer requested an adjournment and the next hearing was scheduled for 21 November. He denies spying for the UK government.…

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