Japan asteroid probe set for final touchdown Jul 11, 2019 0 355 12345 AFPTokyoJapan’s Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.“At 9:58, we made a ‘Go’ decision for the Hayabusa2 probe’s second touchdown,” the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said in a statement.By early afternoon, JAXA said the probe had descended around five kilometres and was on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometres (185 million miles) from Earth. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US to enlist ‘military allies’ in waters off Iran & Yemen Jul 11, 2019 0 723 Trump warns sanctions on Iran to be cranked up substantially soon Jul 11, 2019 0 179 Syria air strikes hit hospital, kill 11 civilians Jul 11, 2019 0 157 France says its missiles found on pro-Haftar base in Libya AFP Paris France said on Wednesday its missiles had been found at a Libyan base used by forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, in an embarrassing admission that raises fresh questions about its role in the conflict. .. Palestinian journalists reject US invitation to White House dpa Ramallah The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) said on Wednesday that it rejects an invitation by the US to the White House. The statement by the journalists backs the position of Palestinian leaders who .. Iran, Russia pour scorn on US moves at IAEA AFP Vienna Iran and Russia on Wednesday poured scorn on America’s call for Tehran to adhere to limits in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers at a special meeting of the UN’s nuclear watchdog. The meeting of the .. Turkey warns US against harmful steps over Russian S-400s ISTANBUL: Turkey called on the United States on Wednesday to avoid steps harmful to bilateral relations after the US State Department spokeswoman reiterated Ankara would face “real and negative consequences” for .. Chinese tycoon arrested for suspected child molestation AFP Beijing A billionaire Chinese property tycoon was formally arrested for suspected child molestation Wednesday, state media said, in a case that has sparked anger over attempts to censor the incident. Wang Zhenhua, .. Media watchdog visits Saudi Arabia to set free 30 journalists amid Khashoggi uproar Reuters RIYADH Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday it had visited Saudi Arabia to seek freedom for 30 jailed journalists amid sustained Western criticism of Riyadh following the murder of .. US Senate Foreign Relations chairman offers human rights bill on Saudi Arabia WASHINGTON: The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Jim Risch, introduced legislation seeking to push back on Saudi Arabia over human rights and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed ..