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The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 6th, 2020. It carried the third batch of 60 Starlink mini-satellites into orbit, part of a plan to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system. Photograph: Getty Images

Two weeks ago Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a further 60 satellites for its Starlink programme to build a global broadband internet infrastructure. To d(...)

Demonstrators on Saturday hold candles while gathering during a vigil for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was unintentionally shot down by Iran, in Tehran. Iran admitted it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner that it mistook for a cruise missile, a dramatic reversal after days of denials that triggered international condemnation and protests in the streets of Tehran. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Is the Islamic Republic’s leadership having a Chernobyl moment? The regime’s handling of the fallout from the downing of Ukraine International Airline(...)

Rescuers working at the site of an airplane crash near Almaty airport, some 20km from the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. Photograph: Handout/EPA

A passenger jet carrying 98 people crashed into a building shortly after take-off from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan on Friday morning, k(...)

Fiona Hill, born in northern England, hadhad gone to work for Donald Trump in the spirit of non-partisan public service, but  was emerging – unwillingly but inexorably – as his nemesis. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Long before Fiona Hill arrived to testify on Capitol Hill, there was a long line for public seats and a crackling sense of anticipation for one of the(...)

 Lt Col Alexander Vindman testifies before the House intelligence committee  on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Two US officials who listened in to the July 25th phone call between president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy have told the (...)

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan in 1987. Photograph: Jose R Lopez/The New York Times

When he was running in 2016, Donald Trump told me that he reminded himself of another presidential candidate – someone, Trump said, who was also treme(...)

2009: Thierry Henry and Richard Dunne. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paris, November 10th, 1965 – Spain 1 Ireland 0 1965: Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores. Photograph: C(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday.  Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Nato must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French president Emmanuel Macro(...)

Ulick O’Connor: a top-class pole vaulter. Photograph: David Sleator

Not the least impressive of the late Ulick O’Connor’s many talents, although barely mentioned in obituaries, is that he was for many years a top-class(...)

In 1955, a Soviet delegation sent a cheque to the New York apartment of a 90-year-old Irish author, translator and composer. At the time, the Soviet U(...)

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