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SpaceX rocket self-destructs

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blew itself to pieces shortly after launch during a test flight at a development site near McGregor, Texas. the company said on Friday. Nobody was injured. The test flight involved a three-engine version of the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket, spokesman John Taylor said in a statement. SpaceX has been using the Falcon 9 to launch satellites and the Dragon spacecraft, which delivers cargo to the International Space Station. “During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” Taylor said. “Throughout the test and subsequent flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area. There were no injuries or near-injuries,” he said. A representative of the US Federal Aviation Administration was present for the flight. The “anomaly” was not specified. “With research-and-development projects, detecting vehicle anomalies during the testing is the purpose of the program. Today’s test was particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test,” Taylor said.


Russian student found dead

A Russian student who went missing in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park has been found dead. The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr “Sasha” Sagiev was found in the park on Friday. The student from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, was reported missing on Monday last week after going for a hike. After a three-day search, Sagiev’s body was discovered below a steep traverse, known as Cache Couloir, in Glacier Gulch. Sagiev was a seasonal employee at a pizza shop in the area. About 60 searchers had been looking for him since he was last seen at work on last Sunday. Authorities say that when Sagiev was found, he was in the metallic blue “Sochi” jacket he was last seen wearing. There was no word on the cause of death.


Activist’s descendant found

The nation’s leading human rights group says tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group’s deceased founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the military dictatorship that ruled from 1976 to 1983 and has not been seen since. Friday’s announcement came from Estela de Carlotto, president of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Two weeks ago, de Carlotto surprised Argentines by revealing that she had found a grandson born to a daughter of hers who was slain in 1978 by the junta. De Carlotto’s group believes that about 500 children were seized from people killed by the dictatorship and given to couples who supported it. The woman announced on Friday is the 115th such child to be identified. Her grandmother was Alicia Zubasnabar de la Cuadra, the Grandmothers’ first president, who died in 2008.


Africa-bound cocaine found

Police in Asuncion on Friday said they seized about 850kg of cocaine hidden in sacks of rice bound for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The drugs were aboard a ship set to sail from a private Asuncion port to Rio de la Plata, where it would have been loaded onto a transoceanic vessel. A scorpion was printed on each sack of cocaine, said to represent an alleged drug-trafficking group led by Brazilian Jorge Rafat Toumani, police said. The sole suspect detained by police was a customs agent. Toumani was sentenced in Brazil to 47 years in prison for money-laundering and drug trafficking.

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