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Prototype space station module inflated on NASA's second try

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Saturday inflated an experimental fabric module that may provide a less expensive and safer option for housing crews during long stays in space, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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Seventeen killed in care home fire in Ukraine

KIEV Seventeen people have been killed after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Bonnie bears down on South Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the United States, stalled in the Atlantic before strengthening slightly late on Saturday, its center expected to cross the South Carolina coast on Sunday night and Monday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in separatist attacks

KIEV Five Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and four wounded in the past 24 hours as a result of attacks by pro-Russian rebels in separatist eastern regions, Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on Sunday.

Niger says kills 12 Boko Haram fighters in gun battle

NIAMEY Security forces in Niger killed around 12 fighters of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram who launched an attack in the southeastern region of Bosso close to the border with Nigeria, according to an army statement on Saturday.

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Merkel, Hollande together mark 100 years since Verdun battle

VERDUN, France German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande together marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun on Sunday, laying a wreath at a cemetery in northeastern France for the 300,000 soldiers killed.

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