Thursday, 5th March 2015

World

US: US President Barack Obama has reacted scathingly to a speech by the Israeli prime minister that castigated his policy towards Iran. In a speech to the US Congress, Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a deal under discussion on Iran’s nuclear programme could “pave Iran’s path to the bomb” rather than block it. But Mr Obama said Mr Netanyahu had offered no viable alternative. Other senior Democrats - and Iran - also criticised Mr Netanyahu. The Israeli leader’s visit was controversial from the start, because the Republican speaker invited him without consulting the White House. The US president...
CHINA: Beijing: China has been researching the technical feasibility of exploring Mars and asteroids, a Chinese space scientist has said. Ye Peijian, from the China Academy of Space Technology and chief scientist with the country’s lunar probe mission, said Chinese space researchers had tackled some of the technical difficulties associated with the exploration of Mars and asteroids. However, he added, the projects are only at the technical preparation stage, which suggests that it will be some time before an official project is announced. Ye is a vocal advocate for a Chinese Mars mission. If...