Nasa’s Maven spacecraft arrives in Mars orbit after 442m-mile journey

Scientists hope Maven will find clues to the planets early history, including the possibility of harbouring life

Nasas Maven spacecraft arrived in orbit around Mars late on Sunday night US east coast time after a 442m-mile (700m-kilometre) journey that began nearly a year ago.

The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed.

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No data on ISIS plots against US – Obama

US President Barack Obama (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

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“Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific ISIL plots against America. But its leaders have repeatedly threatened America and our allies, and if left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” Obama wrote in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.

The US president's comments follow the emergence of new intelligence warning that Washington’s upcoming confrontation with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) may leave it blind to a more sinister and direct threat from a much lesser known terrorist group – Khorasan.

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Obama reminded the public of his recent fierce efforts to battle the Islamic State, with the final goal of destroying the group.

“That is why, last month, I gave the order for our military to begin taking targeted action against ISIL. Since then, our brave pilots and crews have conducted more than 170 airstrikes against these terrorists,” he said.

“Going forward, as I announced earlier this month, we will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn what the leaders of al-Qaida already know: We mean what we say, our reach is long, and if you threaten America you will find no safe haven,” Obama stressed.

He further underscored that US forces will only support Iraqi soldiers, who will be fighting their own fight.

Obama also focused on overall international involvement in the fight against the Islamic State. “This is not and will not be America's fight alone. That's why we continue to build a broad international coalition. France and the UK are flying with us over Iraq, others have committed to join this effort, and France has joined us in conducting strikes against ISIL in Iraq. Overall, more than 40 countries – including Arab nations – have offered assistance as part of this coalition.”

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Meanwhile, Islamic State fighters have made their way to Jordan, as it was revealed that 11 Islamic State jihadists were arrested in the country, and have confessed to planning terrorists attacks, AFP cited a security official as saying on Sunday.

The detained individuals “admitted their links to the leadership of the Daesh organization in Syria and that they were charged with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting a number of vital interests,” the official said, using IS's Arabic acronym.

News of the arrests comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan on September 10 to discuss the creation of US-Arab coalition against the Islamic State with King Abdullah.

During the meeting, Kerry and Abdullah discussed the option of establishing the coalition’s base in Jordan.

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Russians Protest Putin’s Stance on Ukraine

Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday in an antigovernment demonstration criticizing President Vladimir V. Putin for what they saw as his warmongering in Ukraine.

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Australia seeks broad new security powers following anti-terror raid

Under the proposed legislation, it would be a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits.

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Emma Watson on feminism: gender equality is a men’s issue too video

The UN Women's goodwill ambassador, Emma Watson, has launched the United Nation's HeForShe campaign by inviting men to take part in the global fight for equality. The Harry Potter actress told an audience of UN delegates that men, too, must take action against sexism around the world, and the fight for feminist ideals must not be confused with 'man-hating' Continue reading...

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Israel shop sales down ahead of New Year

Shoppers are stingier and floor space at stores has grown too quickly. Retailers are hoping for last-minute boost following weak summer.

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Fleeing Islamic State offensive, Syrian refugees stream into Turkey

At least 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey since Thursday after Islamic State militants surrounded a Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria. Some are calling for US airstrikes to stop the group's advance. 

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The Israeli minister of hedonism now faces police investigators

Politicians and businesspeople were not surprised when former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov was arrested by the police last week. His political career featured more scandals than achievements.

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Two murders in 24 hours in Tel Aviv area

One man stabbed in Bat Yam; other shot on main street in Holon.

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Jacqui Lambie stumbles over sharia law, equates it to terrorism video

Palmer United party senator Jacqui Lambie has said sharia law 'obviously involves terrorism' in a TV interview where she struggled to explain her position. Being interviewed on the ABC, Lambie said Muslims had to choose between sharia and Australian law. The senator said she did not have a problem with Muslims but 'I have a problem with extremists and sharia law' Continue reading...

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