UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars

A Jordanian boy poses with an image of Mars projected on a wall during a gathering to watch the red planet in Amman's sky January 28, 2010. (Reuters)
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Updated 19 May 2020

UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars

  • The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be “the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation”

DUBAI: After sending its first astronaut to space last year, the United Arab Emirates is to launch a probe to Mars in July, state news agency WAM announced Tuesday.
The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be “the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation,” it said.
WAM said the probe would be launched on July 15, at 2051 GMT, from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, using a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries platform.
It is set to make a 495-million-kilometer (307-million-mile) journey to reach and orbit the Red Planet.
Last September, Hazza Al-Mansouri made history as the first Emirati in space.


France calls on Lebanon to form government ‘without delay’

Updated 23 September 2020

France calls on Lebanon to form government ‘without delay’

  • France is pressing Lebanese politicians to form a new government
  • Political class blamed for massive explosion that devastated Beirut last month

PARIS: France's foreign ministry on Tuesday warned Lebanon's political forces that the country risked collapse if they did not form a government without delay.
"At this decisive moment in Lebanese history, Lebanese political forces are faced with a choice between recovery and collapse of the country. It is a heavy responsibility towards the Lebanese," foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Mühll told reporters in a daily briefing.
France is pressing Lebanese politicians to form a new government in a "reasonable timeframe" to lift the nation out of a deep crisis but has not fixed a new deadline after the last one in mid-September was missed, two French diplomatic sources said.
Lebanon's Christian president, Michel Aoun, told fractious political leaders on Monday the country was heading "to hell" if a new cabinet was not formed swiftly to dig the nation out of its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
"France regrets that Lebanese officials have not yet managed to keep the commitments made on Sept. 1," Von der Mühll said. "We call on them to reach an agreement without delay on the formation by (Prime Minister) Moustapha Adib of a government of mission, which will then have to implement the necessary reforms."