Memorial of S.Africa icon turns into anti-Zuma protest

A memorial service Saturday for anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada was transformed into a fierce attack on South African President Jacob Zuma, under fire after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.Party veterans of the ruling ANC, sacked finance minister …

April 1, 2017

Palace pair Zaha, Benteke stun leaders Chelsea

Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title was stalled as goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earned Crystal Palace a shock 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Defeat ended Chelsea’s run of 13 successive home wins and enabled se…

April 1, 2017

Man Utd’s top-four hopes hit by stalemate

Jose Mourinho’s fears that a gruelling schedule could prove problematic for Manchester United were confirmed in a drab 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.The first of nine fixtures to come in April ended with United having to settle for …

April 1, 2017

Lewandowski nets hat-trick in Bayern romp

Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 thrashing of Augsburg on Saturday to go level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his battle to be the Bundesliga’s top scorer.The win ensured Bayern remained 13 points clear at the summit while A…

April 1, 2017

Palace’s Zaha stuns Chelsea, Spurs close gap

Wilfried Zaha rocked Chelsea as Crystal Palace breathed new life into the Premier League title race with a stunning 2-1 win over the leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.In a frantic start, the Ivory Coast winger cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’s opener …

April 1, 2017

India’s highways run dry after court liquor ban

Thousands of liquor outlets along India’s national and state highways closed after a supreme court order kicked in Saturday in an attempt to reduce drunken driving on the world’s deadliest roads.The top court set the April 1 deadline in December barrin…

April 1, 2017

Hamas to allow UN, Red Cross workers to leave Gaza

Hamas will allow foreign UN and Red Cross workers to leave Gaza, the Islamist movement ruling the Palestinian enclave said Saturday, after closing the only foot crossing with Israel.Hamas shut the Erez crossing on March 26 after it blamed the Jewish st…

April 1, 2017

S. Africa new finance minister vows to enforce ANC policies

South Africa’s new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Saturday pledged to implement the policies of the ruling ANC as the party remains deeply divided over the sudden firing of his predecessor.Gigaba on Thursday replaced Pravin Gordhan, ousted in a shoc…

April 1, 2017

Syrians flee Raqa ‘hell’ as US-backed assault nears

In a muddy camp in northern Syria, civilians who fled Raqa said fear of an expected US-backed assault on the Islamic State group bastion was reaching a fever pitch.This week, hundreds of civilians escaped Raqa and headed north to the camp in Ain Issa, …

April 1, 2017

Colombia mudslide kills 16, with hundreds missing

Mudslides in southern Colombia have claimed at least 16 lives and injured some 65 people following recent torrential rains, the authorities said. Governor Sorrel Aroca of the Putumayo department called the development “an unprecedented tragedy,” tellin…

April 1, 2017

Palestinian stabs three Israelis, is shot dead: police

A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday before being shot dead by border guards, police said.The suspect attacked two Jewish passers-by before fleeing. He later wounded a border g…

April 1, 2017

New jihadist alliance claims border attack in Mali

A new jihadist alliance claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack that killed three members of Mali’s security forces on March 29, according to a statement released by jihadist monitoring group SITE.Three Malian jihadist groups with previous Al-Qae…

April 1, 2017

SpaceX wants to try recycling more of Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said he wants to go further in the reuse of his rockets after successfully launching the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket that was recycled from a previous flight.

Musk tweeted on Friday that he is looking into a test to bring home the second stage of the company’s new Falcon 9 Heavy rocket for reuse when the rocket debuts late in the summer.

SpaceX blasted off the recycled first stage, or booster, of a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time on Thursday, a feat that could dramatically lower the cost of space travel.

The Falcon 9 Heavy has a first stage composed of three Falcon 9 engine cores and “will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two,” according to the company website.

“Considering trying to bring upper stage back on Falcon Heavy demo flight for full reusability,” Musk wrote Friday on Twitter.

“Odds of success low,” he said, “but maybe worth a shot.”

He then added: “Falcon Heavy test flight currently scheduled for late summer.”

SpaceX has for 15 years been honing the technology of powering its boosters back to careful Earth landings on solid ground and in the water.

The goal is to make rocket parts as reusable as cars, planes or bicycles, Musk has said.

Reusing a first-stage booster rocket as was done on Thursday results in an estimated 30 percent savings on the cost of more than $60 million.

If SpaceX also manages to reuse the second stage of the rocket, costs will drop even further.

A Twitter user asked if Musk could say what will be in the test payload.

“Silliest thing we can imagine! Secret payload of 1st Dragon flight was a giant wheel of cheese. Inspired by a friend & Monty Python,” Musk answered.

The Dragon is the company’s spacecraft that is launched on top of SpaceX rockets. Dragons have delivered cargo to the International Space Station and safely returned to earth.

April 1, 2017

Kiev slams Eurovision call to allow Russian singer

Ukraine on Saturday complained of “unprecedented and unacceptable” calls from the Eurovision Song Contest’s organisers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia’s contestant.In an angry row ahead of the kitsch song contest in May to be hosted in Kiev, Ukra…

April 1, 2017