Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Hong Kong protesters denied Beijing visas

Three Hong Kong students who have led protests for greater democracy in the former British colony were denied in their attempt Saturday to go to Beijing to meet with top Chinese officials.

Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Eason Chung members of a student group that played a main role in organizing massive street protests that started nearly two months ago arrived at the Hong Kong airport greeted by dozens of well-wishers holding up yellow umbrellas. But they were denied boarding passes for a Cathay Pacific flight when they were told their documents that would allow them to travel to Beijing were invalid.

In a news conference, the student leaders said annulling their travel documents is an unreasonable move that deprives them of their rights to enter the country's territory. "It symbolizes that Hong Kong people's right to determine their destiny will be taken away in the future," Chow said.

Comet lander goes silent * The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the surface of the comment it landed on and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said Saturday.

"All of our instruments could be operated, and now it's time to see what we got," ESA's blog quoted lander manager Stephan Ulamec as saying.

Since landing Wednesday on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 311 million miles away, the lander has performed a series of scientific tests and sent reams of data, including photos, back to Earth.

The comet was rotated Friday in an effort to pull it out of a shadow so that solar panels could recharge the depleted batteries, ESA's blog said.

It's unclear whether it succeeded in putting the solar panels out of the shade. Even if the lander was rotated successfully and is able to recharge its batteries with sunlight, it may take weeks or months until it will send out new signals. …

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