Afghanistan

Senior Pakistan Taliban Captured in Afghanistan

The U.S. military in a special operation arrested a leader of the Pakistani Taliban Latifah Mehsud.

In this case, where it was detained Meskhud State Department officials did not report.

Meanwhile newspaper New York Daily News, with reference to the governor of the Afghan province of Logar says that the car in which rode Meskhud, was arrested a week ago on one of the slopes of the province. According to him, together with Meskhudom in the car were a few more people.

In the Pakistani wing of the Taliban confirmed the arrest of one of the leaders, but noted that it made the Afghan army in Khost province. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities are confident that the detention was carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The Government of Afghanistan, in turn, reports that American soldiers actually fought off Mehsud of intelligence operatives in Afghanistan. Within a month, the Afghan intelligence officers were negotiating with Mehsud, trying to convince him to become a mediator in the talks about national reconciliation. When they finally agreed to a meeting, the U.S. military stopped the convoy was transporting Mehsud, detained him and redirected to their base at Bagram.

The Washington Post writes that the detention of U.S. special Meskhuda caused strong dissatisfaction with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Meskhud Latif, who is now about 30 years old, was the first driver, and then the chief confidant of Hakimullah Mehsud – the former leader of the Pakistani Taliban offices. Hakimullah Mehsud led him in 2009-2010 and was killed in a Pakistani military operation backed by U.S. drones in January 2010.

Tourist spending in Britain on track for 2013 record

Tourist spending in Britain on track for 2013 record

In the first eight months of this year, foreign tourists spent in the UK 13.7 billion pounds (22 billion dollars). This is the best result in history. Analysts predict that by the end of this year, foreigners spend in the UK 20 billion pounds, which will also be a record.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the country, the income from tourism from January to August 2013 increased by 11% compared to the same period last year. From January to August, the kingdom has already visited more than 22 million tourists, that is 6% more than in the first eight months of 2012.

In the statistical agency noted increase in the number of visitors from North America, which accounted for a significant portion of all foreign spending in the UK.

According to the tourist organization VisitBritain, among foreign tourists in the UK most of all the French. Not far behind the Germans, Americans, Irish and Spanish. The top ten most visited kingdoms were also Dutch, Australians, Italians, Belgians and Swedes.

Most visitors spend in the UK from the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar), Nigerians and Chinese.

Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Kingdom Helen Grant welcomed the ONS data presented, recalling that the tourism sector contributes greatly to the country’s economic recovery. “This success testifies to the correctness of our strategy to promote the UK as the best place to visit”, – she said.

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NASA is preparing to launch into space the first 3D-printer: prints food and suits

National Office of Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to send into space the first 3D-printer. The first three-dimensional object in the absence of gravity will print on board the International Space Station (ISS) as planned, next fall.

The device is now for the “space” version tested in a special laboratory in the world. Experts are trying to reduce the volume and weight of the 3D-printer.

With the new technology, scientists have linked the enormous opportunities to optimize operation in orbit, from the most simple – a three-dimensional printing of some broken parts, to create an independent robot navigation systems, space suits and equipment research.

Also, using the printer in the near future it will be possible to prepare nutritious and delicious food for astronauts .

We add that the previously reported plans to build in the space of an entire 3D-factory, which will create kilometer-long structure. The project, dubbed SpiderFab , also funded by NASA. His demonstration version could be ready by 2020.