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India to Mars



India launched its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the global space race. India is the fourth country to head to Mars, after the United States, Russia and the EU. Seen here, the launch vehicle blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 km (62 miles) north of the southern Indian city of Chennai on November 5, 2013. (© Babu/Reuters)
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  • India launched its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the global space race. India is the fourth country to head to Mars, after the United States, Russia and the EU. Seen here, the launch vehicle blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 km (62 miles) north of the southern Indian city of Chennai on November 5, 2013. (© Babu/Reuters)
  • After months of denials, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted this week that he has smoked crack cocaine, insisting that he's not an addict, but that it happened "in one of my drunken stupors." The revelation came after police stated they had retrieved a video which appears to show the controversial mayor smoking something out of a glass pipe. The mayor announced that he would not resign, despite many of his allies distancing themselves from him and calling for him to seek help. (© REX Features)
  • The Sochi Winter Olympic torch made its way to the International Space Station as part of the relay leading up to the 2014 Games on Thursday. The unlit torch will be taken on a spacewalk on November 9 by two Russian cosmonauts who are already aboard the ISS. The Olympic torch has been taken to space twice before, but has never before left a spacecraft. (© REX Features)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel group on Tuesday called an end to a 20-month revolt after the army captured its last hilltop strongholds, raising hopes for peace in a region where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence. In this photo, Congolese soldiers guard suspected M23 rebel fighters who surrendered in Chanzo village in the Rutshuru territory near the eastern town of Goma on November 5. (© Kenny Katombe/Reuters)
  • In Syria, international experts examined all but one of the government's 23 declared chemical weapons facilities, declaring them dismantled. Russia said it is trying to set up peace talks in Moscow between the Syrian government and opposition forces, after U.S.-backed negotiations fell through. In this photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter runs to take cover after firing a homemade mortar from Maaret al-Naaman town towards the Wadi al-Deif military base where forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are located, in Idlib on November 5. (© Houssam Abo Dabak/Reuters)
  • Swiss scientists have found evidence suggesting Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance, prompting new allegations by his widow that the Palestinian leader was the victim of a "shocking" crime. There has long been speculation of foul play surrounding Arafat's death in 2004, with fingers being pointed at a number of foreign powers. Here, Palestinian Hanadi Kharma paints a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader in the West Bank city of Nablus on November 7. (© Nasser Ishtayeh/AP Photo)
  • Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi and 14 other Islamists had their trial postponed until January 8 after a chaotic start where they shouted at the judge in defiance, according to official media outlets. Morsi and his co-defendants face charges of inciting violence relating to the deaths of about a dozen people in clashes outside the presidential palace in December after Morsi enraged his opponents with a decree expanding his powers. Earlier in the week, Above, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy (right) stands with other senior figures in a cage in a courthouse on the first day of their trial in Cairo November 4. Also this week, an Egyptian appeals court maintained a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, setting the stage to seize the group's assets. (© Stringer/Reuters)
  • Protests organized by members of Anonymous, WikiLeaks, The Pirate Party, Occupy Wall Street and other hacktivist movements popped up at political landmarks and institutions around the world on November 5. There were almost 500 protests scheduled globally, organized to correspond with the U.K.'s Guy Fawkes Day. Here, people wearing Guy Fawkes masks march to the U.S. Capitol during the "Million Mask March" in Washington, DC. (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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India launched its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning itself as a budget player in the global space race. India is the fourth country to head to Mars, after the United States, Russia and the EU. Seen here, the launch vehicle blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 100 km (62 miles) north of the southern Indian city of Chennai on November 5, 2013.

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