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US performs first Moon landing since 1972

The Odysseus lander designed by private aerospace company Intuitive Machines has become the first US-made spacecraft to touch down on the Moon since 1972. It was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 15. “Without a doubt, our equipment is on the surface of the Moon, and we are transmitting,” …

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Argentina elects its first libertarian president

Libertarian economist Javier Milei was elected to become Argentina’s next president on Sunday. With 86.59% of the votes counted, Milei won with nearly 56%, while his rival in the runoff, Economy Minister Sergio Massa, received 44%.  Before the official results were announced, Massa conceded defeat in a speech. “The results are not …

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India conducts crucial test ahead of first manned space mission

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the first of a series of test flights on Saturday in preparation for the ambitious human spaceflight mission – Gaganyaan – scheduled for 2025. The Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission 1 was scheduled to lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center …

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EU foreign ministers hold first meeting in Kiev

The foreign members of the EU’s member states convened their inaugural meeting outside the bloc’s territory in Kiev on Monday. “We are convening a historic meeting of EU Foreign Ministers here in Ukraine, candidate country and future member of the EU,” the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said in a post …

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Russia launches first Moon probe in 47 years

The Russian space program has launched a probe to the Moon for the first time since 1976. Luna-25 blasted off from the Vostochny spaceport in Amur Region and is aiming to touch down in the southern polar region by August 21. All previous probes have landed in the equatorial region. …

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Germany wants US to send tanks to Ukraine first – WSJ

As demands for Berlin to approve the shipment of Leopard main battle tanks to Kiev threatened to fracture the German ruling coalition, senior officials said the US should agree to send its Abrams tanks first, according to the Wall Street Journal. Poland, Finland and Denmark have all volunteered to send …

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Possible time for Biden-Xi first face-to-face meet revealed 

Officials in Beijing are making preparations for a face-to-face meeting between China’s leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden in Southeast Asia in November, the Wall Street Journal reports citing sources familiar with the matter. According to them, the meeting between the two leaders – their first in-person encounter …

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