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Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum

The migrants are breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of Northern Morocco. One police officer was injured in the incident after being “attacked by an immigrant with one of the hooks they use to clamber up the fence” – while four migrants received hospital treatment for minor injuries. It is reportedly common for migrants looking to scale the two 20ft high fences bordering the city to use hooks as well as shoes studded with nails to gain purchase as they clamber over the border.…

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Science 

REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

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Germany at mercy of former EU chief Schulz as Angela Merkel hails coalition as ‘new dawn’

The German Chancellor has struggled to form a coalition after winning the nation’s election last year. But now early agreements between Mrs Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) and former President of the European Parliament, are set to cement their partnership. While a formal deal cannot be negotiated until the SPD’s special conference on January 21, Mrs Merkel has agreed on a slew of concessions to maintain her position as she looks to enter an historic fourth term – putting her on par with arch-Europhile…

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‘This could have ended in tragedy’ Shocking moment ferry HITS cruise liner

The collision between the roll-on roll-off Fantastic ferry belonging to the Italian shipping company Grandi Navi Veloci and the Viking Star cruise ship sparked initial fears a major rescue operation would have to be launched. Fortunately no-one was injured in the incident just before 2pm on Friday, although an investigation is now underway to try to find out what went wrong. Footage of the collision taken by a dock worker showed the Fantastic ferry’s stern rammed against the side of the Viking Star as both vessels blasted their sirens. The…

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Closer to finding ALIEN LIFE? Scientists discover WATER on ancient meteorites

The compounds which are vital to support life were found on two meteorites which are approximately 4.5 billion years old and the same age as the Earth. While the new discovery does not mean the meteorites ever contained life it may point as to how extraterrestrial life may be present elsewhere in the universe. The meteorites, named Zag and Monahans, are said to have originated from the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They were first examined when they fell to Earth in Morocco and Texas in…

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Space 

Morocco satellite launch could accelerate Spanish space efforts

WARSAW, Poland — Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November could accelerate Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, which is expected to launch in late 2019 or early 2020. Morocco and Spain have struggled to boost their satellite observation capacities since the Perejil Island crisis in 2002 when Spain could not acquire satellite images of the island following reports of its occupation by the Moroccan Navy. Mohammed 6-A was developed by a consortium formed by Thales Alenia Space, which acted as the prime system contractor, and…

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‘We need a NEW PERSPECTIVE on refugees’ German migrant crime surge sparks warning

Figures showed rejected asylum seekers from “safe countries” were behind the rise in crime. But genuine refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq have been mostly law-abiding, the controversial study found. According to the report, violent crime rose by 10.4 percent between 2014 and 2016 in Lower Saxony, the German state where the study was carried out. Critics say the rise coincides with Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to a large swathe of refugees in 2015.  Now, Mrs Merkel is facing calls to do more to return failed…

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Technology 

Google Doodle puts Marlene Dietrich in the spotlight – CNET

Nobody wears a top hat and tux quite like Marlene Dietrich. Google It could be the picture in the dictionary next to the term “femme fatale.” But today, it’s the picture atop Google’s search page in roughly two dozen countries, from North America and much of Europe to Japan and New Zealand: the movie star Marlene Dietrich, in top hat and tux, with those famously heavy-lidded eyes. Marking what would have been her 116th birthday, the Google Doodle for Dec. 27 offers a glimpse of Dietrich’s film career. Born in…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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Entertainment 

Rainbow Six Siege update: PS4 and Xbox One 1.42 patch LIVE with server upgrades

Ubisoft have now rolled out their latest Rainbow Six Siege update today, complete with new PS4, Xbox One and PC server upgrade. It’s been a long time coming, but today saw the development team launch patch 1.42, which increases the server tickrate to 60Hz on all platforms. It’s something that fans have been asking for and will now mean the gamestate can refresh 60 times-per-second. This should help with shooter registration on other players, although Ubisoft has also warned that the FPS issues currently hitting players on PC have not…

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