UAE’s Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed as a consequence of climate

Tokyo: The liftoff of the United Arab Emirates’ Mars orbiter was postponed till Friday as a consequence of dangerous climate on the Japanese launch website. The orbiter named Amal, or Hope, is the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. The launch was scheduled for Wednesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, however the UAE mission crew introduced the rescheduled date on Twitter. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA rocket will carry UAE’s craft into area. AP

Turkey rejects EU condemnation over Hagia Sophia

Ankara: Turkey’s overseas minister on Tuesday chided the European Union (EU) over its condemnation of a Turkish resolution to transform Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque, saying the matter is a matter of nationwide sovereignty. Last week, Turkey canceled the sixth-century former cathedral-turned-mosque’s 86-year standing as a museum and mentioned it could open for Muslim worship as of July 24. AP

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