- Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions
Lewis Hamilton said he was "very, very shocked" to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during Sunday's tumultuous Hungarian Grand Prix. The incident, one of at least two in which Mercedes tried to persuade Hamilton to help Rosberg, came after 47 laps of a 70-laps race won by Australian Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull.
- Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston
HOUSTON — The countdown is on for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Thursday, Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's full-size space shuttle replica, named the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. "The free event 'Rise of Independence' will mark another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston's future world-class exhibit," Space Center Houston officials said Wednesday (July 23). On Friday, the center's president and CEO Richard Allen, assisted by shuttle astronaut Clay Anderson, revealed the "Independence" decal affixed on the side of the vehicle as one of the final touches to be done before the Aug. 14 lift.
- Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink
Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was already struggling with years of declining bookings and mounting financial losses when MH370's mysterious disappearance in March with 239 people aboard sent the carrier into free-fall. "The harrowing reality for Malaysia Airlines after MH17 is that if the government doesn't have an immediate game plan, every day that passes will contribute to its self-destruction and eventual demise," Shukor Yusof, an analyst with Malaysia-based aviation consultancy Endau Analytics, told AFP. "I'm not considering going to Malaysia in the next few years.
- Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city
Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday. The workers found the remains this week as they started construction on a new building in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, located high up in the Andes. "We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters," said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University. In the Spanish colonial era, Potosi became famous for its massive silver and tin reserves, which started to be mined in the 16th century.
- Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa
The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago. The once-luxury liner, which set off from its shipwreck site off Giglio island on Wednesday, arrived off the coast of Genoa overnight and weighed anchor around two nautical miles (3.6 kilometres) off shore. Civil protection agency chief Franco Gabrielli, on the portside to oversee the final stage of an unprecedented salvage project, told journalists a high wind was slowing the operation. Crowds of curious locals began gathering near the port on the outskirts of Genoa at first light, eager to see the remains of the battered ship, which crashed into rocks off Giglio island in January 2012 with 4,229 people on board in a disaster that claimed 32 livers.
- Wrecked Costa Concordia enters Italian port to be scrapped
Ship horns blared Sunday as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into the Italian port of Genoa to be scrapped two and a half years after it capsized in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives. The hulking vessel about twice the size of the Titanic was towed into port after a four-day, 280 kilometre (175 mile) journey from the disaster site off the Tuscan island of Giglio. It's the end of a story in which many people died, which none of us will ever forget," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said as he gazed up at the ship's towering white flanks, tinged with rust, looming over the quayside. Fears that the damaged hull would break up under the strain, spilling toxic waste into Europe's biggest marine sanctuary, proved unfounded, and dolphins joined the convoy of environmental experts in welcoming the ship into Genoa.
- Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire. As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, an Israeli military official said the army would only fire in response to attacks, adding that this would be for an "unlimited" period. Hamas said on Sunday it wanted a 24-hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started on Monday. In the hours after its announcement, Gaza gradually fell quiet.
- Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school