International Briefs: 5 things that happened on the international scene this week

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Every Friday, SUNSHINE HERALD’s Tomiwo Akinyemi brings you five (5) top news that made headlines on the international scene for the week.

SpaceX Launched the World's Most Powerful Rocket
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Tuesday (Feb. 6) at Cape Canaveral, The world’s most powerful rocket was launched from the same Florida pad used by NASA’s Apollo missions.

Billionaire founder Elon Musk successfully launched one of his Tesla Roadsters on a course toward Mars. The success of this launch promises to be a major step toward cheaper, more frequent spaceflight, thus making it easier for governments and businesses to lift massive projects into space or set off on deep space missions.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is estimated to cost $90m per launch; Nasa’s planned SLS rocket, a comparable system, is expected to cost about $1bn per flight.

Macron And Trump’s ‘Red Lines’ In Syria Being Tested
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France stated on Wednesday that “all indications” suggested the Syrian regime was using chlorine weapons against rebel forces.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said there was “obvious evidence from dozens of victims” of breathing difficulties to corroborate chlorine attacks in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and Idlib province. Till now, the Damascus regime has gone unpunished militarily for its latest suspected chemical weapons attacks in January and February.

“The attacks are part of an ongoing effort to test whether President Trump will enforce the red line on chemical weapons he put in place last year,” said David Adesnik, research director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

South African Born Billionaire buys Los Angeles Times

Billionaire physician and investor Patrick Soon-Shiong, born in South Africa to Chinese parents on Wednesday agreed to buy the Los Angeles Times, in a move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the newspaper.

Publishing group Tronc Inc. said it has agreed to sell the LA Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to Soon-Shiong’s Nant Capital for $500 million plus the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.

The move comes in the wake of months of newsroom unrest at the storied Los Angeles daily has seen three editors in the past six months.

Manchester United’s Sanchez accepts suspended Spanish sentence for tax fraud

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.

The former Arsenal striker who signed for Manchester United last month has been accused of alleged involvement in tax fraud during his stint in Spain with  FC Barcelona.

Nigeria makes history as Winter Olympics commences

This year’s Winter Olympics hosted by an Asian country for the first time in 20 years see three determined girls make history as the first Nigerian representatives at the winter games and the first African representatives in the bobsled competition.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga are expected to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year as the first-ever African representatives — male or female — to qualify for the Winter Games in the sport of bobsled.

Also representing Nigeria is Simidele Adeagbo who will fly the country’s flag as the first black woman in the skeleton competition.

Simidele Adeagbo (konbini)

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