World Briefs: Astronauts arrive at space station

Astronauts arrive at space station

MIAMI • Russia's Soyuz spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station, carrying a European, a Russian and an American astronaut for a six-month mission at the orbiting outpost.

Russia's Soyuz capsules offer the only way for global astronauts to reach the space station since the American space shuttle programme was retired in 2011. It costs more than US$71 million (S$101 million) per seat for a ride on the Soyuz, which carries three people at a time.


Yemen gets rare break from fighting

SANAA • Yemen saw a rare respite from fighting yesterday, the second day of a 48-hour ceasefire that followed a United States push to halt a conflict that has wrought devastation and killed thousands of people.

The ceasefire comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry met rebel representatives in Oman and urged the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to come on board.


US launches super weather satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL (Florida) • A US weather satellite that will "revolutionise" forecasting has blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere.

A detailed stream of images provided by the satellite is expected to sharpen weather forecasts, provide more advanced warning of floods and better tracking of wildfires, plumes and volcanic ash clouds.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe