World Newsbits for October 1,2013
MOFFETT FIELD, California (AP) — NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools. Doctors use them to make replacement joints and artists use them to build exquisite jewelry. In NASA labs, engineers are 3-D printing small satellites that could shoot out of the Space Station and transmit data to earth, as well as replacement parts and rocket pieces that can survive extreme temperatures.
NEW YORK (dpa) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed Sunday to end to cross-border attacks, a move that could improve troubled relations between the two nuclear-armed states. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif agreed to each task a senior military general ‘’with effective means’’ to enforce the 10-year-old ceasefire, India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said. ‘’Both agreed that the precondition for forward movement in the relationship, which they both desire, is really an improvement of the situation on the LoC (Line of Control),’’ Menon told reporters after the two leaders’ first meeting on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York.
LONDON (dpa) — Thirty people were rescued in London Sunday after the amphibious ‘’Duck’’ tour boat they were on caught fire, forcing them to leap into the Thames river to escape the blaze. A woman and her child were treated at hospital for smoke inhalation while others were cared for on the river bank, police said. Police received an emergency call around 11:55 am (1055 GMT) reporting that the bright yellow craft operated by London Duck Tours was on fire, just opposite the Houses of Parliament.
PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AFP) — US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the South-North Korean border Monday, ahead of talks on switching command of combined US and South Korean forces in the event of war with the North. ‘’There is no margin of error up here,’’ Hagel told reporters at the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that still separates the two Koreas 60 years after the end of the Korean War. Hagel was on the first leg of a trip to South Korea and Japan — two key regional military allies with a major stake in the battle to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it’s not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and a World Cup host city. He’s determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too, and has gone to extraordinary lengths to persuade the director to shoot a movie here, meeting with Allen’s sister, dispatching him handwritten notes and even pledging to underwrite 100 percent of production costs. Allen hasn’t taken Paes up on his offer, but the mayor continues to lobby hard. Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes’ vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America. While Hollywood needn’t watch its back just yet, there’s no doubt that Brazil’s film industry is booming.