07/25/2022, 09.32
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China wants its space station operational by the end of 2022

Today's headlines: 3 people killed in Manila University shooting; Iran allegedly dismantles Mossad spy network after killing of another nuclear programme scientist; Russia Today opens a new representative office in Nairobi; Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan agree on borders.

CHINA

China launched the second of three modules needed to complete its Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) space station. The unmanned craft separated from the rocket about 10 minutes after the launch and will dock with the module already in orbit. The launch of the last module is scheduled for October: China's goal is to have its space station fully operational by the end of the year.  

PHILIPPINES

Three people were killed In a shooting at Manila University: Rose Furigay, the former mayor of the municipality of Lamitan, on Basilan Island, one of her co-workers and a university security officer. The woman - who was attending her daughter's graduation - was allegedly shot dead by a doctor over personal grudges related to the closure of a clinic. 

INDIA

Droupadi Murmu took office today as the new president of India following last week's election. In her inaugural speech the woman - the first tribal to be elected to the highest office in the state - said: 'My election is proof that even the poor can cultivate their dreams'. 

IRAN-ISRAEL

Iranian media is reporting that an alleged Israeli spy network was caught by the authorities planting explosives at a "very sensitive" site in Isfahan province. The news comes after another Iranian Revolutionary Guard scientist was allegedly killed, teh latest in the chain of deaths of officials involved in Iran's nuclear programme. 

RUSSIA-KENYA

The new representative office of one of Russia's largest propaganda agencies, 'Russia Today', was opened in Africa. In Nairobi, the editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, wants to enliven the Kenyan capital with a specialised centre.

TAJIKISTAN-KYRGYZSTAN

The presidents of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have reached an agreement on the activation of the Interstate Commission for the demarcation of the borders, which between the two countries extend 987 km, of which only 664 km have been fixed, while in the unspecified part there is no conflict. In the past year, another 80 km have supposedly been defined, but it is not known which ones.

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