China lands its first reusable spacecraft as state media hails it as an ‘important breakthrough’

China’s Long March-2F carrier rocket during a 2016 launch.   GUANGZHOU, China — China has successfully launched and landed an experimental reusable spacecraft, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency which lauded the achievement as an “important breakthrough.” The spacecraft was launched on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch center located in Inner Mongolia on Friday. It spent two days in orbit and and returned to the scheduled landing site on Sunday, Xinhua said. There are very few details on the …

29 Pictures Of Global Tourism During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Sign up for the BuzzFeed News newsletter JPG for behind-the-scenes exclusives from renowned photographers and our hard-hitting photo stories. For many of the world’s most popular destinations, summer is the season when tourism peaks and travelers are most inclined to spend both vacation days and saved income on their getaways. With fears over the spread of COVID-19 and strict travel restrictions imposed by countries to help curb new infections, many travel plans have since been postponed or canceled entirely. According …

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The president of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law on boycotting Israel and allowing trade and financial agreements between …

6 dead, 10 missing as flooding hits Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Turkish officials say six people have died and 10 others are missings in floods caused by heavy rain along Turkey’s Black Sea coast By ANDREW WILKS Associated Press August 23, 2020, 6:04 PM 2 min read ANKARA, Turkey — Flooding caused by heavy rains has killed six people along Turkey’s Black Sea coast and left 10 others missing, including some rescue workers, officials said Sunday. Television footage showed vehicles and debris being swept away by floods on the main road …