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World Briefs: Soyuz craft, crew of 3 ready for mission to space station
BAIKONUR | A Soyuz spacecraft atop a rocket was placed into launch position Monday at Russia’s manned-space facility in the freezing steppes of Kazakhstan ahead of a five-month mission for three astronauts to the International Space Station.
NASA’s Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and the Canadian Space Agency’s Chris Hadfield are scheduled to blast off Wednesday and travel for two days before reaching three other astronauts working at the orbiting laboratory.
Wave of bombings kills 19 in ethnically disputed areas
BAGHDAD | A wave of bombings Monday across Iraq targeted residents of ethnically disputed areas and Shiite pilgrims, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens.
The attacks deepen fears that militants are seeking to reignite ethnic and sectarian violence in the country, where tensions remain high over areas contested between Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish minority.
The deadliest of Monday’s attacks took place in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. Seven people were killed and 11 were wounded in the bombing, police said.
Malaria progress falters, but goal remains the same
LONDON | The fight against malaria is slowing amid a dramatic drop in efforts to reverse the epidemic, even as health officials insist that they will try to meet their idealistic target of virtually eliminating deaths from the parasitic illness by the end of 2015.
In 2010, about 145 million bed nets were distributed across Africa to protect people against the mosquitoes that spread the killer disease. Last year, that number fell to about 66 million.
The number of homes in Africa sprayed with pesticides also has stalled, as have attempts to treat pregnant women, one of the high-risk groups.
Contraceptives bill approved over Catholic objections
MANILA | Philippine lawmakers passed landmark legislation Monday to provide government funding for contraceptives and sex education in schools despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church and its followers, some who threatened to ask the Supreme Court to block the legislation.
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