Iran to send astronauts into space by 2018

Updated 05 February 2013
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Iran to send astronauts into space by 2018

TEHRAN,Iran: An Iranian semi-official news agency says the country plans to send its first astronauts into space by 2018.
Tuesday’s report by Mehr quotes Mohammad Ebrahimi, a senior official in Iran’s space agency, as saying the flight of two trained Iranian astronauts has been slated for between 2016 and 2018.
Ebrahimi says Iran will first attempt to send the astronauts into sub-orbital space, up to a distance of 200 km, for about 30 minutes.
The announcement is the latest in a series of statements from Iranian officials on the government’s ambitious space program. Last week, Iran said it sent a monkey into space successfully.
Tehran’s nuclear and space programs have raised concerns in the West, which suspects they could be used for military purposes. Iran denies the charges.


Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

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Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

ANKARA: Turkish police detained 14 suspected Daesh members who were preparing an attack in Ankara ahead of this weekend’s elections, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.
Counter-terror squad police in the capital swooped on various addresses in simultaneous raids and took the suspects, all foreign nationals, to police headquarters for questioning, the agency said.
Turks vote on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that will trigger a change to a powerful presidential system.
Police in Turkey regularly carry out operations targeting the militant group.
Daesh has carried out numerous bombings across Turkey in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.