NASA's MAVEN atmospheric research satellite, shown in this artist's impression, braked into orbit around Mars Sunday evening, kicking off a year of close-range observations to learn more about what caused much of the martian atmosphere to leak away in the distant past. NASA
NASA's MAVEN atmospheric research satellite, shown in this artist's impression, braked into orbit around Mars Sunday evening, kicking off a year of close-range observations to learn more about what caused much of the martian atmosphere to leak away in the distant past. NASA

ISTANBUL — A suicide blast rocked Turkey’s northwestern city of Bursa on Wednesday, killing the female attacker and wounding 17 others, Turkish media reported.

Bursa’s governor office issued a statement confirming that a female suicide bomber blew herself up near the city’s famous Ulu Mosque. (Turkey-Suicide-Bomb)
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DAMASCUS — At least 34 rebels have been killed when they launched an attack on government-controlled areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a monitor group said Wednesday.

The attack was unleashed on Sunday by several jihadi groups, including the al-Qaida Syrian wing Nusra Front, with the aim to advance in these areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (Syria-Rebels-Attack)
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CAIRO — The Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that at least 12 Egyptian illegal immigrants were killed in clashes with smuggling gangsters in Bani Walid town in neighboring turmoil-stricken Libya.

Despite the Egyptian government’s travel warnings, the neighboring Arab country is an ideal destination for thousands of Egyptian workers, mostly work in the construction sector, due to tight economic conditions back home. (Egypt-Libya)
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NASA WASHINGTON — U.S. space agency NASA views China as a “potential partner,” not a threat, in the civilian space area, said its head Wednesday.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that “engagement always beats isolation. Engagement always beats trying to do things on their own.” U.S. Congress passed a law in 2011 that prohibits NASA from hosting Chinese visitors at its facilities and working with researchers affiliated to any Chinese government entity or enterprise. (NASA-China)
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GENEVA — UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said early Thursday morning that the start date for the next round of intra-Syrian peace talks will be announced in May, with one or two more rounds of negotiations scheduled to take place before July.

“My plan is to relaunch the next round talks during the course of May,” he explained after briefing the UN Security Council in New York via videoconference.(UN-Syria) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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