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FILE - This artist's rendering provided to China's Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016, by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, shows a concept design for the Chinese Mars 2020 rover and lander. China's landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and plans to put humans back on the lunar surface. (Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense via Xinhua via AP, File)

China's space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

Dec. 2, 2020 8:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface. The Chang’e 5, the first effort to bring...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a screen shows the landed Chang'e-5 spacecraft and a moon surface picture, below, taken by camera aboard Chang'e-5 spacecraft during its landing process, at Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. A Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon Tuesday to bring back lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the government announced. (Jin Liwang/Xinhua via AP)

China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth

Dec. 2, 2020 4:30 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft took samples of the moon's surface Wednesday as part of a mission to bring lunar rocks back to Earth for the first time since the 1970s, the government said, adding to a string of successes for Beijing's increasingly ambitious space program. The Chang’e 5 probe...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, Kamila Mouckova is photographed during a launch of a book about her life in Prague, Czech Republic. Mouckova, a Czechoslovak television anchor who informed her nation about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of her country by the armies of five Warsaw Pact countries has died. She was 92. Her death was announced by the Czech public television without any details on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Katerina Sulova/CTK via AP, File)

Kamila Mouckova, TV anchor during 1968 invasion dies at 92

Nov. 24, 2020 5:45 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Kamila Mouckova, a Czechoslovak television anchor who informed her nation about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion by the armies of five Warsaw Pact countries, has died at age 92, Czech public television announced late Tuesday. The report gave no details on her death. Mouckova, who had been a rare...

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct 23, 2003, a man pushes his bicycle past the cover of a magazine showing China's first man in space, Yang Liwei and the Chinese characters for

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China's space ambitions

Nov. 24, 2020 6:00 AM EST

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. China became the third country to put a person into orbit 17 years ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions include...

A man walks past the never-occupied building in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The hulking never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot's head that has loomed over the city of Kaliningrad for decades is to be demolished next year, the region's governor says. The 21-story House of Soviets was left unfinished when funding ran out in 1985 amid the Soviet Union's economic struggles and later was assessed to be structurally unsound. (AP Photo/James Heintz)

Russian city to demolish derided 'Robot' building

Nov. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A hulking, never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot’s head that has loomed over the Russian city of Kaliningrad for decades is to be demolished next year, the region’s governor says. The 21-story House of Soviets was left unfinished when funding ran out in 1985...

Today in History

Oct. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President George W....

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Azerbaijani soldiers and firefighters search for survivors after rocket fire overnight by Armenian forces in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, near the border with Armenia. A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP, File)

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of deadly escalation

Oct. 14, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks. The failure of the truce that was...

In this photo released on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, Armenian soldiers wave to a photographer as they sit in a truck during fighting with Azerbaijan's forces in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The clashes have continued despite numerous international calls for a cease-fire. (Press office of Armenian Defense Ministry PAN Photo via AP)

AP Explains: What's behind Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting

Oct. 6, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

The mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where deadly new fighting erupted last week between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, has been in a tense limbo since a 1994 truce. The Associated Press explains what’s behind the long-unresolved conflict and its most recent flare-up: WHAT AND WHERE IS...