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NASA scientists report the MarCO satellites, two CubeSats in deep space, have lost contact with Planet Earth.

When NASA's InSight lander was on its seven-month trip to Mars, it wasn't alone. Two suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, followed InSight on its journey. They were the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. And now, they've fallen silent.

2019 Virginia political crisis

Californian professor Vanessa Tyson accuses Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Justin Fairfax of having sexually assaulted her in 2004.

Vanessa Tyson, the woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 on Wednesday released a lengthy statement including details of that alleged attack at the Democratic National Convention.

France–Italy relations

France withdraws its ambassador to Italy, for the first time since the Second World War, amid an ongoing verbal row and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio’s decision to meet with members of the French yellow vest movement.

France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday, a remarkable diplomatic spl...

2019 Piper PA-46 Malibu crash

The lone body found in the Piper PA-46 Malibu that disappeared two weeks ago is confirmed to be that of missing footballer Emiliano Sala. The pilot remains missing, presumed dead.

Sala was travelling on a Piper Malibu aircraft between Nantes and Cardiff when the plane went missing north of Guernsey


Six people are killed by a gas explosion in an abandoned coal mine in Middelburg, South Africa.

Six people were killed by a gas explosion as they tried to steal copper cables, police say.


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos publishes an online essay accusing American Media, Inc. owner David Pecker of "extortion and blackmail."

In an online post, the chief executive of Amazon said the tabloid’s owner had used “extortion and blackmail” to try to stop his investigation into leaked photos and text messages.