US deserter Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time, Trump says ruling a 'total disgrace'

US deserter Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time, Trump says ruling a 'total disgrace'

Posted November 04, 2017 09:40:37 Photo: Bowe Bergdahl trembled in court as he waited to hear his punishment (AP: The Fayetteville Observer/Andrew Craft) US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, but a military judge ordered he should be dishonourably discharged from the service. Bergdahl, now 31, was captured by the Taliban and spent nearly five years under brutal captivity by the insurgent group. He had faced up to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to desertion and…

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Lewis Hamilton wins fourth Formula One world championship

Lewis Hamilton wins fourth Formula One world championship

Eventual race winner Max Verstappen’s aggressive start in Mexico saw him take the lead from Hamilton’s chief title rival Sebastian Vettel on the outside of the first corner, though there was contact between the pair. Hamilton then found a gap to squeeze ahead of Vettel but the pair collided, causing damage to the German’s front wing and a puncture to the Briton’s rear tire. Both had to pit at the end of lap one, with Vettel undergoing a nose change and Hamilton a tire change. So in a bizarre turn…

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Mysterious 'void' discovered in Great Pyramid

Mysterious 'void' discovered in Great Pyramid

But until now none had stumbled upon a 30-meter-long space hidden within its limestone and granite walls. Researchers hope the discovery will help them understand more fully how the massive pyramid was built. The Great Pyramid contains three previously discovered rooms: the King’s chamber, a smaller Queen’s chamber and a passageway called the Grand Gallery. But this marks the first discovery of a major space inside the ancient structure since the 19th century, the journal says. The scientists work with ScanPyramids, a mission under the French Heritage, Innovation and Preservation…

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New orangutan species discovered in Indonesia

New orangutan species discovered in Indonesia

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Spanish judge issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Spanish judge issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Posted November 04, 2017 06:41:16 Photo: Carles Puigdemont and some of his former ministers are in Brussels seeking “freedom and safety”. (Reuters: Albert Gea) A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former councillors, all currently in Belgium, the High Court said in a statement. Mr Puigdemont left for Belgium after Catalonia’s regional government was sacked by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hours after the Catalan Parliament made a unilateral declaration of independence on Friday. Mr Puigdemont and his associates faces…

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