While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 1st edition

One pilot dead as Virgin spaceship crashes in US desert

Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spacecraft crashed Friday during a test flight over California, scattering debris over the desert and leaving at least one pilot dead, officials said.

Television images showed parts of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle flying to the edge of space, scattered amid brush in the desert east of Mojave, a few hours’ drive north-east of Los Angeles.

The incident is second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Science rocket exploded on Tuesday six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Richard Branson’s long-held dream of offering the first commercial space flights.

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Dutch team back at Ukraine MH17 site to gather victims' remains

Dutch forensics experts have returned to the site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Friday, where they gathered body parts despite continued clashes in the area between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

"Today, the circumstances allowed for a small Dutch team... to travel to the crash site and we grabbed the opportunity with both hands," Rutte told journalists at his weekly press briefing in The Hague.

The Netherlands is charged with leading the investigation and the recovery and identification of victims' body parts from the July 17 Malaysia Airlines crash which killed all 298 on board, including 193 Dutch nationals.

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Former boxer Mike Tyson says he was sexually abused as a child

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a stranger on the street, he told US radio.

The 48-year-old former boxer said an adult male grabbed him. "He bullied me, sexually abused me and stuff... snatched me off the street. I was a little kid," he told Sirius XM Radio.

Tyson said he never saw the man again and never reported the incident to his parents or the police. "It was nobody's business to know," he said, during an interview to promote his new TV show. "I just lived my life."

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Formula One: Cash woes could mean just 14 cars on starting grid in 2015, says Ecclestone

Formula One's commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone warned on Friday that the sport's financial crisis could reduce the grid to 14 cars in 2015.

After the withdrawal of both the Caterham and Marussia teams for this weekend's United States Grand Prix, the grid for Sunday's 56-lap race at the Circuit of the Americas has been cut to 18, the smallest in a decade.

Both Caterham and Marussia went into administration in October.

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Iran's rights record comes under fire at UN

Iran faced harsh criticism of its rights record Friday, with UN diplomats highlighting soaring numbers of executions and lamenting the recent hanging of a woman who murdered her attempted rapist.

But Iran hit back at the criticism, instead slamming countries trying to impose "specific lifestyles on others".

A number of countries, including Switzerland, pointed to the case of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari (above) as a distressing example of Iran's execution policy. Jabbari was hanged last month for murdering a former intelligence officer to ward off what she claimed was an attempted rape.

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