Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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This morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted that their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane had experienced an “in-flight anomaly”

We have now confirmed that SpaceShipTwo has crashed during a test flight due to currently unknown causes. A press conference is planned with more details at 2 pm pacific.

SpaceShipTwo was designed primarily for space tourism, meant to carry passengers high enough to experience near-weightlessness for roughly $200,000 per ticket. This was a test flight, however, so no passengers are believed to have been onboard.

Update: VirginGalactic confirms the loss of SpaceShipTwo. See timeline below.

WhiteKnightTwo, the jet-powered craft that carries SpaceShipTwo to altitude before detaching, landed safely. At an altitude of roughly 50,000 feet, WhiteKniteTwo releases SpaceShipTwo to fly on its own by rocket power. WK2 had released SpaceShipTwo for free flight roughly 6 minutes before the crash.

There were at least two pilots on board SpaceShipTwo before the crash; their status is unknown. We…

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Updated: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space plane crashes with two pilots on board, one killed


Originally posted on Gigaom:

Virgin Galactic‘s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight today over the Mojave Desert of Southern California, resulting in its destruction. One pilot is dead and another seriously injured, officials confirmed at a press conference Friday afternoon.

An ABC report showed the plane in pieces on the ground.

“Space is hard and today was a tough day,” Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said at the press conference. “We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today, and we’re going to get through it. The future rests in many ways on hard days like this. But we…

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Digital seduction of jihad: Social media delivering militants’ message and driving recruitment


Originally posted on National Post | News:

The transitions of three young Canadian men are each severe and mystifying: a confident, ambitious student-council president in Hamilton who snuck away to fight with ISIS in Syria; a poker-playing party guy in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu who steered his car into two soldiers; and, the most recent to force headlines, a troubled drug addict and petty criminal who shot dead a soldier on ceremonial duty in Ottawa before storming Canada’s Parliament.

Each came from a different place, geographically but also socially, but all ended up in a similar space, as bit players in a driving global narrative of Westerners swapping normality — traversing the spectrum from laudable to disgraceful — for a life and quick death consumed by extremist ideology and violent aggression.

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Twitter

And in each case, what has thusly emerged as a common thread is not a clandestine sect of militant recruiters in Canada mentoring selected targets but rather a…

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Iran hangs woman convicted of murdering former intelligence agent she accused of trying to rape her


Originally posted on National Post | News:

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn for premeditated murder, the official IRNA news agency reported. It quoted a statement issued by the Tehran Prosecutor Office Saturday that rejected the claim of attempted rape and said that all evidence proved that Jabbari had plotted to kill Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence agent.

The United Nations as well as Amnesty International and other human rights groups had called on Iran’s judiciary to halt the execution, which was carried out after the country’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict. The victim’s family could have saved Jabbari’s life by accepting blood money but they refused to do so.

AP Photo/Golara Sajjadian

AP Photo/Golara Sajjadian

According to her 2009 sentencing, Jabbari, 27, stabbed…

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Islamic State Expansion: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the expansion of Islamic State controlled areas in Syria and Iraq.

For more visit:
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/islamic-state-expansion-ripple-effects/

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution, news from Iran.

For more visit:
http://christiannews.net/2014/10/24/iranian-pastor-sentenced-to-six-years-in-prison-for-spreading-christianity/

Cameroon, Tanzania and Syria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Cameroon, Tanzania and Syria.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/newsflashes-persecuted-church-cameroon-syria-tanzania/

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (latest articles are at the bottom – earliest at top).

For more visit:
- http://www.crossmap.com/news/blasphemy-case-against-55-pakistani-christians-discharged-12798
- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/15/persecuted-christian-will-pakistan-asia-bibi-be-killed-for-alleged-blasphemy/
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-expansive-pakistan-christians-cannot-find-space-to-bury-their-dead/2014/10/17/1de012e2-547d-11e4-892e-602188e70e9c_story.html
- https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/10/3430018/
- http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/10-asia-bibi-christian-woman-sentenced-death-pakistan/

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church


<The links below are to articles reporting on the situation at the Mars Hill Church in Seattle following the resignation of Mark Driscoll.

For more visit:
- http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2014/10/16/the-mars-hill-postmortem/
- http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/10/19/mars-hill-church-board-of-elders-mark-driscoll-resigned-instead-of-enter-restoration-plan-to-deal/

Bahrain: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Bahrain.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-41-bahrain/