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Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 14, 2018. Picture taken August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo Reuters reported last month that NASA has warned Boeing and rival contractor SpaceX of design and…

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‘I was diagnosed with cancer at seven months pregnant’

Image copyright Ben Hanan Image caption Sarah Hanan felt like life had “come to a screeching halt” when she was diagnosed Sarah Hanan was at work when the doctor phoned. She had been expecting the call. A day earlier, seven months pregnant with her first child, the 29-year-old was in a Minneapolis hospital for a routine scan. “About two weeks before, I was sitting on the couch with my husband, Ben, and noticed a harder spot on my breast,” she told the BBC. The couple did not think much of…

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Paul Manafort: Ex-Trump chief gets 43 more months in jail

Image copyright AFP Image caption Manafort said the case had taken everything from him US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort has been jailed for 43 more months on charges stemming from the Russia investigation. It comes a week after the 69-year-old was given a 47-month prison sentence for fraud in a separate case. The latest sentencing arises from two conspiracy charges Manafort pleaded guilty to last year. Speaking from a wheelchair, he told the federal court in Washington DC that he wanted to apologise for his actions.…

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Technology 

Japan’s Renesas to partially halt chip production for two months on China slowdown: source

FILE PHOTO: Renesas Electronics Corp’s logo is seen on its product at the company’s conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) – Automotive chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp plans to halt production at six plants in Japan for a total of up to two months this year as it braces for a further slowdown in Chinese demand, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The company will halt most of the operations at the plants for month around May and again for a month around…

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LGBT in India: What it’s like six months after gay sex was decriminalised

Image caption Nitish Anand – known to his friends as Tish – is believed to be India’s youngest drag queen at the age of 20 Up until six months ago, 20-year-old Tish felt like a criminal. He faced long-term prison time in India because he was an out and proud gay man, but then his life changed. Gay sex was decriminalised by the Indian Supreme Court on 6 September 2018. It overturned a 2013 judgement that upheld a 157-year-old law dating back to British rule. Image copyright Getty Images Image…

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Claude Puel: Leicester City sack manager after 16 months in charge

Claude Puel took over at Leicester following Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal in October Leicester City have sacked manager Claude Puel after 16 months in charge. City were beaten 4-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday in what proved to be Puel’s final game. Puel, 57, leaves the club 12th in the Premier League having lost five of their last six league games. The Frenchman guided Leicester to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season but the club are now looking for their fourth permanent manager in…

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Labour: 673 anti-Semitism complaints in 10 months

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Labour members have been protesting against anti-Semitism in the party The Labour Party has received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members. A letter from the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, revealed the figures after she was pushed by MPs for specific details. She said 96 members were immediately suspended from the party for their conduct between April 2018 and January 2019, and 12 were expelled. Labour has struggled to contain a long-running row over anti-Semitism. At a meeting…

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Sports 

Murray pulls out of next month’s Marseille Open

(Reuters) – Andy Murray has pulled out of next month’s Marseille Open as he “may have to undergo surgery again”, the tournament organizers said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Andy Murray at Melbourne Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo Three-times Grand Slam winner Murray has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip surgery last January and was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday having said the tournament could be his last as a professional. Murray, who is also scheduled to participate…

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Lifestyle 

UK royal Meghan reveals she’s six months pregnant: media

BIRKENHEAD, England (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, told royal well-wishers on Monday she was six months pregnant but the royal couple do not know the gender of their first baby, British media reported. Former U.S. actress Meghan and Harry married last May and announced in October that they were expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019 but gave no specific details. During a chat with some of the large crowd that turned out for their visit to Birkenhead in northern England on Monday, Meghan,…

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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were “long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”. If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could free up thousands of prison places. Some burglars and most shoplifters are among those who could be spared jail terms…

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