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17.10.18 Why Does America Still Use Soyuz Rockets To Put Its Astronauts In Space?
The Economist
It was the sort of failure that rivets the world: two minutes into the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft from a site in Kazakhstan, the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was aborted. Fortunately the two men on board, one each from Russia and America, were able to make a safe, if high-gravity, re-entry and landing. Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia’s space agency (Roscosmos), and a canny politician himself, says crewed missions will remain on hold until an investigation reveals what went wrong. Given that the Russian Soyuz system is presently the only way to get people into orbit, this creates a situation that could leave the ISS empty from December. And America is powerless to do anything. How did it end up relying on Russian rocketry to gets its astronauts to the space station? Read more 
17.10.18 Russia Welcomes Turkey-Saudi Investigation Into Khashoggi Case
Russia welcomes agreement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to hold a joint investigation into the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax on Tuesday. Russia hopes that the results of this investigation will be made public, Lavrov added. Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Read more 
17.10.18 Russian Censor Offers 24-hour Online Bans For Anniversary
BBC News
To celebrate the fourth year of its presence on Russia's most popular social media platform, controversial Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor offered users day-long bans. Posting on VKontakte, Russia's media regulator made light of its role in web censorship, which has included banning access to Wikipedia and instant messaging service Telegram. Read more 
17.10.18 Kremlin To Discuss Resumption Of Flights From Russia To Egypt's Red Sea Resorts
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will discuss the resumption of direct charter flights from Russia to Egyptian Red Sea resorts during their meeting on October 17, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said. Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday that the two presidents would discuss the resumption of flights to the resort towns Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada. Russian flag carrier Aeroflot restarted flights to Egypt’s capital Cairo in April. Read more 
17.10.18 Egyptian President Urges Russia To Resume Flights To Resorts
The Associated Press
Egypt’s president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Flights between Moscow and Cairo resumed in April after Egyptian officials beefed up airport security, but talks about restoring direct air travel to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts have dragged on. Read more 
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