China launches key module of house station


 Beijing: China launched an unmanned module on Thursday containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to complete by the end of 2022, state media reported. The module, named Tianhe or Harmony of the Heavens, was launched on the Long March 5B from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre, Hainan. Reuters

Navalny’s offices being closed amid crackdown

Moscow: A top ally of imprisoned Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that the network of the politician’s offices in Russia was being closed as authorities sought to have it and Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption outlawed as extremist groups. Meanwhile, Navalny denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “naked, thieving king” during a court hearing through videoconference. Agencies



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