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Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast off

Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast offA rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur and convicted fraudster exploded shortly after liftoff Saturday, in a major blow to his bid to send Japan’s first privately backed rocket into space. Interstellar Technologies, founded by popular internet service provider Livedoor’s creator Takafumi Horie, launched the unmanned rocket, MOMO-2, at around 5:30 am (2030 GMT Friday) from a test site in Taiki, southern Hokkaido. Interstellar Technologies said it would continue its rocket development programme after analysing the latest failure.



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Eid truce between Afghan army and Taliban marred by deadly blast

Eid truce between Afghan army and Taliban marred by deadly blastA blast at a ceasefire meeting of Taliban fighters in the country's east has killed up to 20 even as the war-weary country celebrated an unprecedented holiday truce in the long-running conflict. The explosion hit a meeting in Nangarhar province as fighters met to mark the Taliban's three-day ceasefire to mark the religious festival of Eid al-Fitr. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. At least one hardline Taliban splinter faction had previously said it would not abide by the truce, while the area is also known as a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, provincial police chief, said the attack in Rodat district came as dozens of fighters had gathered to celebrate the truce and most of the dead were Taliban. The blast came at the end of a day which had seen widespread jubilation and scenes of Taliban and Afghan military adversaries greeting each other with hugs and selfies in a large number of Afghan towns. People celebrate ceasefire in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz President Ashraf Ghani, who first announced a week-long break in hostilities as a peace overture, on Saturday said he would extend his own truce and called on the Taliban to follow. The unexpected scenes even saw dozens of unarmed militants enter the Afghan capital. Insurgent fighters  entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast and traffic jams formed where people stopped to take pictures of the fighters with their flags. The Taliban urged people to come forward and take photos with them. Taliban members celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Parwiz "They are unarmed as they handed over their weapons at the entrances," Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons would be returned when they leave, he said. In provincial and district capitals, Taliban militants rode motorbikes into towns normally under siege from the insurgent violence and the fighters exchanged greetings with police and soldiers. Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other  Credit: NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images Mohammad Amir, a resident of Kunduz which in 2015 was briefly overrun by insurgents, said "I could not believe my eyes. I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies." The surprise truce follows years of fruitless peace overtures and thwarted diplomacy to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Afghans and more than 450 British troops. "I am here to offer greetings to our brothers in the police and army," one Taliban commander called Baba told AFP in eastern Nangahar. "We have held the ceasefire well so far. Everyone is tired of war and if our leaders order us to continue the ceasefire, we will hold it forever," he added. Other fighters said peace could only be found when international troops led by America had left the country.



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Man tied to California blast victim freed, charge dropped

Man tied to California blast victim freed, charge droppedLONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man arrested on suspicion of having explosives after a blast killed his ex-girlfriend at her day spa has walked free after U.S. prosecutors said Tuesday that they had dropped the charge against him.



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Blast from Hawaii crater sends ash plume 13,000ft into the sky

Blast from Hawaii crater sends ash plume 13,000ft into the skyThe blast from the summit’s Halemaumau crater sent smog billowing into the air while the lava made its way into evacuated areas in the eastern corner of Hawaii’s Big Island. Easterly winds are expected to push volcanic gases, vog and ash westward towards more communities, officials said. In Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens lava flow has spread over 3.7 square miles from around two dozen fissures.



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Canada hunts two suspects in restaurant blast that left 15 hurt

Canada hunts two suspects in restaurant blast that left 15 hurtPolice in Canada on Friday hunted for two men believed to have detonated explosives at an Indian restaurant near Toronto, wounding 15 people, but police said there was no indication the blast was an act of terror. The explosion late Thursday at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Missasauga in Toronto’s western suburbs, which was reportedly felt more than four kilometers (2.5 miles) away, also did not appear to be a hate crime, authorities said. “Two men wearing hoodies were seen entering the restaurant with an IED,” or improvised explosive device, Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans told a news conference.



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The Latest: California office blast victim ran day spa

The Latest: California office blast victim ran day spaLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a deadly explosion at a Southern California office building (all times local):



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Hawaii volcano: Kilauea could blast 'ballistic rocks' for miles in explosive eruption, geologists warn

Hawaii volcano: Kilauea could blast 'ballistic rocks' for miles in explosive eruption, geologists warnAn erupting Hawaii volcano that has been belching out lava and gas could see “explosive eruptions” in the coming weeks, geologists have warned. The US Geological Survey cautioned that Kilauea volcano could blast “ballistic blocks” potentially weighing multiple tonnes as far as half a mile away. The risk of explosions is rising as a lava lake within a volcanic crater drops, which could result in water seeping in and setting off steam-driven blasts.



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Obama and Kerry blast Trump decision to withdraw from Iran deal 

Obama and Kerry blast Trump decision to withdraw from Iran deal Former President Barack Obama issued a lengthy statement calling Trump's move a "serious mistake."



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4 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza 'work accident' blast

4 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza 'work accident' blastGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Islamic Jihad group said four of its members were killed Saturday in a "work accident" in the southern Gaza Strip along the border with Israel.



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Fifth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffled

Fifth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffledBy Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) – A package bomb blew up at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, the fifth in a series of attacks that have rocked Texas this month and left baffled investigators searching for what they suspect is a serial bomber. The package filled with nails and metal shrapnel was mailed from Austin to another address in Austin and passed through a sorting center in Schertz, about 65 miles (105 km) away, when it exploded on a conveyer belt, knocking a female employee off her feet, officials said. It was the fifth of a series in explosions in Texas in the past 18 days that have killed two people, injured others, and left hundreds of federal and local investigators scrambling to find the perpetrator and a motive.



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